Rebels Win With Walk-Off Bunt In Extra Innings|
Feb. 16, 2018
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV baseball rallied from a three-run deficit Friday night to win its season- and home-opener, 5-4 in 10 innings, against the Indiana State Sycamores on day one at the Marucci Desert Classic at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The Rebels (1-0) capped off the come-from-behind win with a walk-off bunt single by Dillon Johnson that scored Bryson Stott, who led off with a triple, from third base.
The Rebels outhit the Sycamores 12 to 10 with the help of three-hit efforts from Stott and Grant Robbins and two more from both Kyle Isbel and Nick Ames. Isbel led the team with two RBI to go along with one run, while Stott and Ames scored twice apiece.
Relief pitcher Bryan Menendez (1-0) picked up the win in two innings of scoreless relief. Menendez struck out two and only allowed three hits and no walks. He was the last of four relievers the Scarlet & Gray sent to the mound following Alan Strong's start which lasted 5.0 innings and resulted in a no-decision after he struck out six and allowed one run off of two hits and two walks.
THE TURNING POINT: Trailing by two runs, 4-2, in the bottom of the eighth, Stott and Isbel combined for two extra-base hits and a pair of runs to knot the affair at 4-all. Stott led off the frame with a double to right-center field. Isbel followed two batters later with a two-run blast over the fence in right-center for the equalizer.
REBEL OF THE GAME: Stott went 3-for-5 with two extra-base hits and two runs. His double in the eighth sparked the Rebels' game-tying bid, while his triple led to him scoring the game-winning run.
STAT OF THE GAME: The trio of Stott, Isbel and Ames combined to score all five of the Rebels' runs and produced seven of 12 hits and three of five RBI.
QUOTABLE: "That was a really good college baseball game," said head coach Stan Stolte. "Give credit to ISU's starter; he really battled. Our guys did a great job of hanging in there after a tough inning where a couple hops went the Sycamores way. Isbel's bomb was, obviously, huge, but Stott's at-bat in the 10th was clutch, and then Johnson really came through like the competitor he is. It was a great team win. All five pitchers we used tonight gave us a chance to win. We're going to need the same effort tomorrow night versus a well-coached and sound Oregon team! It will be a great challenge for us.
MARUCCI DESERT CLASSIC UPDATE: In game one of the tournament, Oregon defeated Loyola Marymount, 6-1. Both Oregon and UNLV are 1-0, while Indiana State and Loyola Marymount are 0-1.
UP NEXT: UNLV returns to Earl E. Wilson Stadium for day two of the Marucci Desert Classic Saturday with a 6:05 pm contest against Oregon. Indiana State and Loyola Marymount will open the day with a 1:05 pm matinee.
SEASON TICKETS: UNLV will play a total of 30 games at Earl E. Wilson Stadium and fans can purchase their 2018 Rebel baseball season tickets online at UNLVTickets.com or by calling 702-739-FANS (3267). Season tickets are $90 for adults (13 and older), while seniors (62-plus), faculty and staff, and alumni are $75.
SINGLE-GAME TICKETS: Fans can purchase single-game tickets online and in-advance for only $5; however, they must be purchased through UNLVTickets.com three hours prior to first pitch. Single-game tickets are priced at $8 for adults, $6 for senior/faculty/staff and $4 for groups of 15 or more. As always, UNLV students (with Rebel Card) and kids 12 and under are always free.