Las Vegas, Nev. - Offense was not in short supply for either Butler or UNLV on Saturday, (March 7) afternoon, as the two squads combined for 58 runs in double-header action. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the host Rebels plated 43 of those runs en route to a pair of convincing wins.
Butler rallied from an early 10-2 deficit in the first game to close to within three runs on two occasions, but a four-run seventh by UNLV helped to put the game away. The Rebels made sure a comeback was not an option for the Bulldogs in the night cap, scoring all 24 of their runs in the first six innings for a blow-out win.
Trailing 10-2 heading into the top of the fourth, Butler picked up a pair of unearned runs on RBI singles by Luke Duncan and Colin Ziegel. The Rebels responded with a pair of scores in their half of the frame, but the Bulldogs used a five-hit fifth inning to post five runs on the board and close to within three at 12-9.
UNLV added a run in the bottom of the inning, but Duncan returned to the plate for the Bulldogs in sixth and delivered another RBI single up the middle to keep the difference at three.
It would be as close as the Bulldogs would get, however, as the Rebels tacked on another run in the bottom of the sixth before tallying four in the seventh and another in the eighth to close out the scoring.
UNLV would make sure there would be no threat of a comeback in the second contest, scoring 13 runs in the first three innings before taking an insurmountable 19-1 lead through four. The Rebels would finish with a school-record 30 hits in the decision.
Hladek led the way for Butler with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate, while Alex Montagano added two hits of his own.
Butler closes out the four-game set with the Rebels on Sunday (March 8) with a single game beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET (1:00 p.m. PT).