Sycamores Send Rebels To First Loss Of The Season|
Feb. 19, 2018
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team (3-1) saw its season-opening three-game win streak come to a close Monday afternoon with a 4-2 loss to the Indiana State Sycamores (2-2) at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The Rebels fell behind by three runs through 6.5 innings of play and were unable to get within two the remainder of the affair.
The contest was scoreless until the visitors from the Hoosier State capitalized on back-to-back hit batters with an RBI double from Jake Means, with one out. The Sycamores added to their lead with help from a fielding error in the sixth and another RBI double in the seventh.
UNLV countered with a run of its own in the home half of the inning when Nick Ames and Max Smith opened the frame with a walk and a double, respectively. Ames came around to score off a ground ball put in play by Grant Robbins. Unfortunately, Smith was left stranded at third when the stanza came to a close; however, he managed to score in the ninth with a solo homer to right field. ISU managed to score in between the Rebel tallies off a bases-loaded walk in the eighth.
ISU's Tyler Ward (1-0) picked up the win in 6.0 innings of work, with three strikeouts against one run and five hits. Chase Maddux (0-1), on the other hand, was saddled with the loss after he was touched for two runs (one earned) off of five hits and two walks. Maddux struck out three in his 5.0 innings on the mound.
THE TURNING POINT: The game was a one-run affair in the sixth inning until a two-out, Rebel fielding error allowed the Sycamores to up their lead to 2-0.
REBEL OF THE GAME: Smith went 3-for-4 with two extra-base hits (one double and one home run), one RBI and one run.
STAT OF THE GAME: ISU's Ethan Larrison tossed a three-inning save and struck out five batters, while limiting the Rebel offense to one run off of two hits and one walk.
STAT OF THE GAME, PART DEUX: The two teams combined to leave 22 runners on base with 15 of those in scoring position. Both sides stranded three runners at third base when a respective inning came to a close.
QUOTABLE: "We battled hard to the end again, but got out played," said head coach Stan Stolte. "We pitched good, but they pitched better. We had a runner on third base with less than two outs three different times and failed to execute. I'm very pleased with the weekend; going 3-1 against that level of competition was a great start to build on. Kids played with a lot of heart and energy, and I'm happy with the way they showed up to play all four days."
UP NEXT: UNLV returns to Earl E. Wilson Stadium for a four-game set against Columbia, which begins Friday night at 6:05 pm. The Rebels and Lions will play twice Saturday at 2:05 pm and 6:05 pm and, once more, Sunday at 1:05 pm.
SEASON TICKETS: UNLV still has 26 home games remaining to be played 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.