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UNLV baseball drops opening regional game to UC Irvine

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UNLV’s Patrick Armstrong (34) celebrates his two-run home run with teammates Morgan Stotts (44) and Erik Vanmeetren in an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game against UC Irvine in Corvallis, Ore., Friday, May 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Ylen)

UNLV vs. Irvine

UNLV's John Richy delivers a pitch in the first inning against UC Irine at the NCAA college baseball tournament regional in Corvallis, Ore., Friday, May 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Ylen) Launch slideshow »

UC Irvine took a big lead with a five-run fifth inning and UNLV wasn’t able to mount a comeback, losing 10-3 today in its opening game of the NCAA regional in Corvallis, Ore.

Barring an upset in the nightcap, the Rebels will play North Dakota State in an elimination game at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Bison take on top overall seed Oregon State tonight.

The regional is double elimination, so the Rebels aren’t done yet. Bryan Bonnell is expected to take the mound for UNLV’s next game.

Today’s starter, John Richy, was doing well until the fifth inning. UNLV scored two in the second before Irvine tied the game with two in the third.

In the fifth, Richy loaded the bases by giving up a single, walk and another single. Then came a hit by pitch, a double and one more single. That would be enough for Irvine as the Rebels could only add one more run in the sixth.

The Rebels fall to 35-24 overall. If there’s good news from this game it’s that Richy went into the eighth inning and UNLV only had to use one reliever. That means the majority of the Rebels’ staff would be available should the Rebels need to go to the bench early on Saturday.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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