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One-hitter from Fedde helps UNLV baseball down Central Michigan in opener

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UNLV baseball pitcher Erick Fedde throws in the bullpen during a media availability day Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014.

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From left, UNLV baseball players Erick Fedde, Eric van Meetren and John Richy juggle a baseball with their feet and gloves during a media availability day Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014. Launch slideshow »

The UNLV baseball team in going to be tough to beat on Friday nights.

Junior Erick Fedde, the Rebels’ Friday night starter, showed why he’s considered one of the nation’s best, striking out 11 today in a 5-0 victory against visiting Central Michigan in the season opener.

Fedde, a Baseball America preseason All-American, gave up just one hit in 7 and 1/3 innings of work. He retired the final 17 batters he faced in order.

UNLV took the lead for good in the second inning when Edgar Montes scored an unearned run on a Central Michigan throwing error. The Rebels added to the lead in the fifth on T.J. White’s two-run double.

White and Joey Armstrong had two hits for UNLV. Brayden Torres recorded the final five outs in relief for the save.

The four-game series continues at 1 p.m. Saturday with a doubleheader.

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