Rebel Bats Roast Duck Pitching Saturday Night|
Feb. 17, 2018
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team scored the final eight runs of the game to rally past the Oregon Ducks, 9-3, on day two of the Marucci Desert Classic at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The Rebels (2-0) fell behind by two runs, 3-1, after three innings of play, but took control of the contest with a three-run fifth inning. The Scarlet & Gray upped its inning by inning with one run in the sixth, three in the seventh and one in eighth to defeat the visiting Ducks (1-1) by six.
The Rebels scattered 11 hits in the affair with two-hit efforts from Nick Ames, Kyle Isbel, Max Smith and Bryson Stott. Ames had a hand in four of the team's scores with three RBI and one run, while Isbel factored in three with two RBI and one run.
UNLV starting pitcher Larry Quaney (1-0) picked up the win in 5.2 innings of work. Quaney struck out three and only allowed three runs (two earned) off of six hits and two walks.
Evan Fresquez, Ryan Hare, Blaze Bohall, Donavon McCrystal and Austin Anderson combined to hold the Ducks' offense scoreless over the final 3.1 innings of play with two strikeouts. The quintet was only touched for three hits and issued two walks
THE TURNING POINT: UNLV entered the home half of the fifth inning trailing by two runs, 3-1; however, its offense produced three runs off of five hits to stake itself to a one-run lead at 4-3. Max Smith led off the frame with a single and later came around to score off an RBI double by Jack-Thomas Wold. Later in the stanza, Dillon Johnson and Kyle Isbel added a sacrifice fly and an RBI single, respectively, to put the Rebels in the lead.
REBEL OF THE GAME: Isbel went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI singles and one run. He got the scoring started in the first inning with a single up the middle. Four inning later, he took a 2-1 offering through the right side for the eventual game-winning hit.
STAT OF THE GAME: Eight of UNLV's nine batters in the lineup scored at least one run. Stott led the group with two tallies, while the 3-9 hitters scored once apiece.
QUOTABLE: "This was a really good effort against a great program," said head coach Stan Stolte. "To come back against one of the top pitching staffs in the country says a lot. Our bullpen was outstanding following a solid effort from Quaney. Bohall came through with two big outs in the seventh when Oregon was getting back into the game. We need to clean up some base running mishaps, but otherwise I'm happy with everything. The kids have some toughness."
MARUCCI DESERT CLASSIC UPDATE: Through two days of tournament action, UNLV sits atop the standings at 2-0, while Oregon and Indiana State are both 1-1, and Loyola Marymount is 0-2. In Saturday's early game, Indiana State defeated Loyola Marymount, 8-2.
UP NEXT: UNLV returns to Earl E. Wilson Stadium for day three of the Marucci Desert Classic Sunday with a 3:05 pm contest against Loyola Marymount. Indiana State and Oregon will open the day with an 11:05 am 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.