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Rebels Pick Up Win No. 7 To Cap Weekend Sweep Of Columbia

Feb. 25, 2018

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LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team completed its four-game sweep of the Columbia Lions (0-4) Sunday afternoon at Earl E. Wilson Stadium with Sunday’s 13-3 win over the squad from New York City. With the win, the Rebels (7-1) are off to their best start through eight games since the 2011 edition opened with a 7-1 mark.

The contest was close through the first 6.5 innings; however, UNLV broke the game open with nine unanswered runs between the seventh and eighth.

The Scarlet & Gray’s 3-4 hitters, Kyle Isbel and Max Smith, combined for a 5-for-8 day at the plate with two of those hits going for extra bases. Additionally, the duo had five RBI and scored four runs. Isbel was a perfect 3-for-3 with a solo home run (first inning) and a two-run double (seventh), while Smith went 2-for-5 with a two-run single (fifth).

The Rebels’ Chase Maddux evened his 2018 record to 1-1 after he threw 5.0 innings for his first win of the year. Maddux struck out one against two runs off of six hits. Defensively, he made two putouts and had four assists, which included turning an inning-ending double play off a line drive in the second.

UNLV’s relief corps of Blaze Bohall, Donavon McCrystal and Bryan Menendez allowed only one run off of six hits and one walk in four innings. Menendez picked up his first save of the season, as she threw the final 2.2 frames with four strikeouts against four hits.

THE TURNING POINT: UNLV broke open a 2-all ball game with two runs in the fifth inning with Smith’s two-run single. Seth Mullis and Stott the offensive started by reaching off a fielding error and a single, respectively, which was followed by a ground out that put the runners in scoring position.

 

 

REBEL OF THE GAME: Isbel went 3-for-3 at the plate with two extra-base hits, three RBI and three runs scored. His solo homer in the first tied the affair at 1-all, while his two-run double in the seventh sparked a five-run outburst and broke open a one-run contest.

QUOTABLE: “Great job all the way around this weekend in all phases,” said head coach Stan Stolte. “My assistants, Kevin Higgins, Pat Armstrong and Greg Maddux, have done such a great job getting these guys prepared and put them in good situations to succeed. I’m fortunate to have such a great staff that the kids have bough into. It’s hard to signal any individuals out when we’ve done such a good job winning as a team.”

STAT OF THE GAME: Columbia managed to scatter 12 hits, but was only able to push three runs across the plate, as it left 12 runners stranded, six of which were in scoring position – three each at second and third.

STAT OF THE GAME, PART DEUX: Eight of UNLV’s starting nine offensive players registered at least one hit in the game, while seven scored a run and seven was credited with an RBI.

REBEL NOTES:
- Dating back to 1967, UNLV has only had six instances where a season has begun with only one loss in the first eight games of play. The 2018 team, currently, sits at 7-1, and is tied for fourth alongside the 1973 and 2011 squads for the best start in program history. The 1971 edition is first overall at 15-1, while 1978 and 1985 are next at 8-1.
- The Rebels sweep of the four-game series versus Columbia was the first since they took four straight against Pacific in 2015 (February 20-23).
- The Rebels’ 45 runs scored in the four-game series versus Columbia were the most tallied in four straight since the 2014 squad put 45 on the ‘board against Air Force (6 runs: April 19) and New Mexico (35: April 25-27).
- The Rebels’ 53 hits in the four-game series versus Columbia are the most since it tallied 52: 29 in two games to end 2017 against San Jose State (May 19-20) and 23 more to start 2018 (12 vs. Indiana State/February 16 and 11 vs. Oregon/February 17).
The Rebels’ 43 RBI in the four-game series versus Columbia are the most since it tallied 41 against Air Force (6 runs: April 19) and New Mexico (35: April 25-27).
- The Rebels tied a season high in runs with 13 Sunday vs. Columbia – scored 13 in game one of the series Friday night.
- The Rebels have scored at least eight runs in six of their eight games, and reached double figures four times.
- The Rebels have reached double figures in hits in seven games.
- The Rebels have recorded at least eight RBI in six games, and reached double figures four times.
- In the four-game series vs. Columbia, UNLV hit .361 as a team and had five players hit .389 or better with a minimum of seven hits.
- Kyle Isbel and Bryson Stott led the team with nine hits apiece against Columbia with the former racking up a .563 batting average to the latter’s .500. The duo combined for 10 extra-bases hits (six by Isbel and four by Stott), 15 RBI (11 by Isbel, four by Stott) and 16 runs (nine by Isbel, seven by Stott).

UP NEXT: UNLV hits the road for the first time this season with a Tuesday afternoon contest (3:00 pm) against UC Riverside (2-4) in Riverside, California. The Rebels return to Earl E. for a three-game, Mountain West series against Fresno State, which begins Friday at 6:05 pm. UNLV and FS will play twice more, Saturday at 2:05 pm and Sunday at 1:05 pm.

SEASON TICKETS: UNLV still has 22 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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