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UNLV baseball staves off elimination to play again Sunday afternoon

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UNLV shortstop Matt McCallister throws to first for a double play after putting out North Dakota State’s Andy Wicklund during an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game in Corvallis, Ore., Saturday, May 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Ylen)

UNLV baseball lives to play another day.

The Rebels held on to defeat North Dakota State 2-1 today, eliminating the Bison and setting up another elimination game Sunday at 2 p.m. in Corvallis, Ore. UNLV (36-24) will meet the loser between Oregon State and UC Irvine, which play later today.

Rebels third baseman T.J. White opened the game with a single, eventually stole third base and then scored on a Patrick Armstrong groundout. The next batter, left fielder Morgan Stotts, hit a solo home run.

North Dakota State countered with one run in the bottom of the first. But after such a quick start for both teams, no one else would cross home plate.

Both teams had a few chances, especially the Bison, but when the defenses needed a stop they found a way to make it happen. UNLV starter Bryan Bonnell went seven innings, allowing five hits, and reliever Brayden Torres came in for the two-inning save. Torres stranded two Bison runners on second and third by inducing a game-ending groundout.

The Rebels will find out whom they play next later today. It will either be the team that on Friday beat them 10-3 (UC Irvine) or the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament playing at home (Oregon State).

If UNLV wins, it would play again tomorrow night at 8.

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

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