Nebraska snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over UNLV Sunday afternoon at Hawks Field.
The game was tied 1-1 through two innings. The Rebels jumped in front 2-1 in the top of the third when the wind carried a high two-out fly off the bat of Patrick Armstrong over the left field wall for his third homer of the season. UNLV stretched its lead to 3-1 in the fourth when a two-out double by Matt McCallister drove in Edgar Montes, who had earlier worked a one-out walk.
Nebraska cut into the lead in the bottom of the fifth, starting with a lead-off double by Christian Cox. Steven Reveles then laid down a sacrifice bunt, but reached on a throwing error by starting pitcher Bryan Bonnell (3-2). Ty Kildow stepped up with runners on the corners and hit into a 6-4-3 double play, but Cox was able to score to make it a 3-2 game.
The Huskers took their first lead in the bottom of the sixth when they scored two runs on two hits and pair of UNLV errors. Pat Kelly got the offense started when he was hit by a pitch with one out and went first-to-third on a base hit by Blake Headley, who cruised into second when Montes had the ball bounce off his glove in right field.
Tanner Lubach hit a ground ball to the right side that drove in Kelly, but Lubach also reached on the play when Justin Jones was unable to field the grounder cleanly at second. Cox followed with a single that scored Headley.
NU added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth when Cox picked up his third hit of the game with a one-out single and put himself in scoring position with his first career steal. Kildow stroked a single on a 2-2 pitch that put the Huskers up 5-3.
Aaron Bummer (3-2) went 7.2 innings, matching his career high in strikeouts for the second time this season with five. He gave up nine of his 10 hits in the first five innings, then limited the Rebels to a single over his final 2.2 innings of work. Josh Roeder took the mound and polished off the win with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief, including a season-high four strikeouts, for his fourth save of the season.