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Rebels Score Seven Straight To Get Past Lions

Feb. 24, 2018

Box Score

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team (4-1) defeated the Columbia Lions (0-1) 8-3 Friday night in the first of four games to be played at Earl E. Wilson Stadium between the Mountain West and Ivy League programs. The Rebels overcame an early one-run deficit, 2-1, with seven unanswered scores en route to its fourth victory of 2018 in windy and frigid conditions.

The Scarlet & Gray entered the home half of the third inning trailing by one after the visitors from New York City connected on RBI doubles in the second and third. The Rebels turned the game in their favor with a two-run triple Kyle Isbel after Seth Mullis and Bryson Stott opened up the stanza with a single and walk, respectively. Nick Rodriguez (double) and Max Smith (single) knocked in one run apiece to up UNLV's lead to two runs at 4-2.

The Rebels pushed three more runs across in the sixth with the usage of the long ball; Jack-Thomas Wold hit a solo homer, while Stott's went for two runs -- Mullis scored following another single.

UNLV's offense scattered 12 hits with two-hit efforts from Stott, Isbel, Rodriguez, Smith and Mullis. Additionally, Stott led the team with three runs and tied Isbel for the team lead with two RBI apiece.

Alan Strong (1-0) picked up the win after he threw 5.0 innings with eight strikeouts. Strong allowed two runs off of five hits and one walk. Ty Wiest (0-1) on the other hand was saddled with the loss after he gave up seven runs off of 10 hits in 5.1 innings of work.

 

 

THE TURNING POINT: In the third inning, Strong surrendered a single, walk and an RBI double that put Columbia in the lead and put a pair of runners in scoring position. Strong was able to work out of the jam with a strikeout and ground out before his teammates scored four times in the bottom of the frame.

REBEL OF THE GAME: Stott went 2-for-4 with three runs and two RBI. He opened the game's scoring with a run in the first off a Dillon Johnson double. In the fourth, he reached base off a walk and scored off Isbel's home run. He added two more runs with his two-run homer in the sixth.

STAT OF THE GAME: UNLV's four pitchers combined to strikeout 11 batters with Strong fanning eight, while Blaze Bohall (two), Tevita Gerber (one) and Donavon McCrystal (one) combined for four.

STAT OF THE GAME, PART DEUX: UNLV's offense had five players record multiple-hit efforts with each scattering two hits.

QUOTABLE: "We played well today in all three phases of the game," said associate head coach Kevin Higgins. "These were not easy conditions to play in, but the guys did it and won."

REBEL NOTES:
- UNLV's 4-1 start is the 15th instance that a squad has started a season with at least four win in its first five games, and it's the first time a Rebel squad has started 4-1 since the 2014 edition did so.
- Isbel continued his two-hit stretch with his fifth straight, two-hit outing this season. He went 2-for-4, with one triple.
- Stott's three runs tied a career high -- previously achieved twice in 2017.
- The Rebels have notched 11 or more hits in four of their five games this season.

UP NEXT: UNLV returns to Earl E. Wilson Stadium for a doubleheader Saturday against Columbia. Game one is slated for a 2:05 pm first pitch, while the second is set for 6:05 pm. The series concludes Sunday with a 1:00 pm matinee.

SEASON TICKETS: UNLV still has 25 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.

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