Rebels Bullish In Win Over Mavericks|
Feb. 20, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team rebounded from Sunday's losses in a big way Monday with a 15-1 victory over the Omaha Mavericks (1-3) at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The Rebels were led by five innings of shutout pitching from Garrett Poole as well as an offensive combination of seven RBI, five hits and four runs from Nick Ames and Justin Jones.
Poole, a junior transfer from GateWay CC (Phoenix), made his debut for the Scarlet & Gray a memorable one. He held the Maverick offense to only one hit in 5.0 innings of work. Additionally, he struck out five against two walks.
UNLV's offense came to life in the second inning off RBI from Jones and Payton Squier. Ernie De La Trinidad got things started by getting hit by an offering from Omaha's James Smith (0-1). De La Trinidad promptly moved to third after he stole second and advancement to third came off an errant throw. Jones followed with a grounder to the right side to break the 0-0 stalemate. The Rebels loaded the bases when the next three batters -- Keyon Allen, Kyle Isbel and Bryson Stott -- reached via a double and two walks. Squier stepped up with the bases juiced and hit a two-run single up the middle to push the lead to three.
Poole found himself in a jam in the fourth after only facing the minimum through the first three innings. Omaha managed the bases with only one out with help from a couple defensive miscues, but Poole worked out of the jam and induced a 4-6-3 double play.
One inning later, the lefty was able to flash the glove by catching a line drive that started a 1-3 inning-ending double play.
UNLV's offense carried that momentum into its fifth-inning at-bat and produced eight runs off of six hits. Ames played a key role in the outburst, as he produced two hits -- a single and a three-run home run -- in the frame that sent 11 to the plate. He led off with the single and came around to score off a wild pitch. Jones and Nick Rodriguez added runs to the scoreboard with an RBI double and a two-run single, respectively. Ames came back up with two on after a double by Keyon Allen and a walk issued to Squier, and deposited a 2-2 pitch from Cal Hehnke off the left-field scoreboard.
Omaha scored its one and only run in the eighth off a sacrifice fly by Henry Written that scored Parker Smejkal, who had originally reached off a double from a Paul Richy offering.
Smith was tagged with the loss after only throwing 3.0 innings for Omaha. He was touched for three runs off of four hits; however, he struck out four against three walks. Those that followed him to the mound in five frames of relief combined to give up 12 runs off of 11 hits.
Richy and Cameron Sepede combined to throw the final 4.0 innings for UNLV.
The Scarlet & Gray continues its play at home this upcoming weekend with a three-game series against No. 7 Cal State Fullerton (2-1). Game one is scheduled for Friday evening at 6:05 pm while the second and third contests are afternoon affairs at 2:05 pm and 1:05 pm, respectively.
Fans can purchase tickets for $5 online and in advance at UNLVTickets.com. Tickets purchased at the Wilson Stadium box office are $8 for adults, $6 for senior/faculty/staff, while kids 12 and under as well as UNLV students are free.