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UNLV Scores Run in Ninth to Top No. 19 Pepperdine, 7-6, on Sunday

Feb. 4, 2007

Las Vegas, Nev. - Sophomore Michael Brenly singled with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to drive in the winning run and lift UNLV to a 7-6 victory over No. 19 Pepperdine Sunday afternoon and give the Rebels a series win at Earl E. Wilson Stadium in Las Vegas.

The Waves (1-2) had rallied from a 6-3 deficit to tie the game in the fifth inning before UNLV (3-3) won the game against Pepperdine All-American closer Brett Hunter (0-1).

Hunter, who entered the game in the seventh inning, surrendered a lead-off double to Chad Miller in the ninth. One out later, Brenly singled up the middle to score Miller with the game-winning run.

For the second straight game, the Waves fell behind in the first inning as UNLV scored twice off sophomore left-hander Robert Dickmann, who was making his Pepperdine debut after transferring from UCLA.

Center fielder Calvin Beamon opened the inning with a single and scored on a double to right field by Braden Walker. One out later, Miller hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Walker and give the Rebels a 2-0 lead.

UNLV increased its lead to 4-0 with a pair of runs in the third inning before Pepperdine finally broke through against Rebels starter Kevin Skogley with three runs in the fourth inning to make it a one-run game at 4-3.

Sophomore right fielder Eric Thames, who enjoyed an outstanding opening series, got the Waves going with a single through the right side. Following a strikeout, sophomore third baseman Chase d'Arnaud hit a ground rule double to put runners at second third.

Freshman catcher Travis Tartamella followed with an RBI single, senior left fielder Luke Salas sacrificed home a run and rookie designated hitter Mark Tracy singled home the final run of the inning.

After UNLV scored twice in the bottom of the fourth to take a 6-3 lead, Pepperdine tied the game with a three-run fifth, capped by a two-run home run by freshman first baseman Ryan Heroy.

d'Arnaud led the Waves with three hits while Tracy collected and Thames was 1-for-1 with two runs scored and walked four times. Thames concluded the series 6-for-9 with four runs scored and five walks.

Pepperdine makes its home debut on Tuesday when it hosts Long Beach State at Eddy D. Field Stadium beginning at 2 p.m.