Rebels Score 24 Runs In Doubleheader Sweep|
Feb. 24, 2018
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team improved to 6-1 on the year after it swept a doubleheader against the Columbia Lions (0-3) Saturday at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The Rebels combined to score 24 runs off of 27 hits in the twin bill over the New York City squad, which resulted in 13-7 and 11-0 victories.
The Scarlet & Gray's record marks the seventh time in program history that a Rebel team has gone through its first seven games with at least six victories, with the last occurrence was in 2011 (6-1).
UNLV had six players register at three hits on the day, which resulted in a .426 batting average (23-for-54), 11 extra-base hits, 19 RBI and 18 runs. Bryson Stott led the group with five hits to go along with two RBI and two runs. Dillon Johnson (five runs and one RBI), Kyle Isbel (six RBI and five runs) and Nick Rodriguez (two RBI and two runs) had four hits apiece. Nick Ames and Max Smith had three hits each with the former notching five RBI and one run to the latter's four RBI and three runs.
The Rebel pitching staff combined for a 3.00 ERA with 14 strikeouts against 16 hits and two walks in 18.0 innings of work. Larry Quaney tossed 5.2 innings in game one to notch his second win of the year, while Trevor Horn and Connor Clark combined for a 9.0 inning shutout.
QUOTABLE: "I was happy we didn't let our foot off the pedal in the second game," said head coach Stan Stolte. "Outside of Larry's last inning in the first game, I thought we pitched really well. All four of our guys threw well overall and we played solid defense and had some key hits in RBI situations. We need to answer the bell tomorrow and finish the weekend strong."
The Rebels fell behind 3-2 after 3.5 innings, but rallied for five runs in their fourth- and fifth-inning at-bats to stake themselves to a 8-3 lead en route to the 13-7 triumph.
THE TURNING POINT: UNLV quickly erased its one-run deficit, 3-2, in the home half of the fourth when its first five batters combined for four hits and one walk. Jack Wold and Seth Mullis got things going with a double and a walk before Stott singled to load the bases. Johnson brought the first run in via a single up the middle, while Isbel cleared the bases with a grand slam to right field.
REBEL OF THE GAME: Isbel went 3-for-5 in the contest with a career-high six RBI and three runs scored. All three of his hits went for extra bases with a grand slam in the fourth that was followed by a two-run homer in the sixth and a double in the eighth.
STAT OF THE GAME: UNLV's 1-4 hitters combined for 11 hits, 10 RBI and seven runs.
STAT OF THE GAME, PART DEUX: Isbel's three-hit effort gave him his sixth straight multiple-hit outing for the year
The Rebels opened the scoring with a three-run second inning and added two runs in the third, fifth, sixth and eighth to record a 11-0 win, while the Lions' offense was stymied by Horn and Clark's outings on the mound. Columbia was forced into six 1-2-3 innings and only managed to get at least one runner on base in three frames, with no runner advancing as far as third base.
THE TURNING POINT: After the Rebels got two on base via singles in the second inning, Austin Anderson his squad on the scoreboard with an RBI single. The lead swelled to three runs after a sacrifice fly from Vince Taormina and an RBI single from Stott.
REBEL OF THE GAME: Horn went 6.0 innings to secure his first career win as a Rebel pitcher. He struck out six batters and limited Columbia to three hits and two walks. In the two frames that he allowed a pair of base runners, he was able to induce a double play (fourth) and get an inning-ending strikeout to end any threat.
STAT OF THE GAME: UNLV's 4-6 hitters combined for six hits, seven RBI and four runs.
UP NEXT: UNLV concludes its four-game series with Columbia Sunday with a 1:05 pm matinee.
SEASON TICKETS: UNLV still has 23 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.