Rebels Lose Third Game Of Series To Mountaineers|
Feb. 28, 2016
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team (1-5) ended its three-game series with the West Virginia Mountaineers (5-1) with a 9-4 loss at Earl E. Wilson Stadium Sunday. The Mountaineers jumped out to an insurmountable five-run lead through 5.5 innings of play and never looked back en route to the five-run victory.
WVU struck early with a pair of runs in the second off a two-run home run by K.C. Huth. Ray Guerrini scored on the long ball after he initially reached base safely when UNLV starter Kenny Oakley (0-2) plunked him on the seventh pitch of the at-bat.
The visitors added two more runs two innings later when Jimmy Galusky and Kyle Davis were credited with one RBI apiece. Huth started this offensive with a single before a trio of errors plagued the Rebel defense. A pair of fielding miscues by UNLV’s middle infielders sandwiched an RBI single by Galusky to aid the two-run fourth.
Both sides scored once in the sixth with WVU getting its off a home run by Galusky, while the Rebels’ was from a double by Austin Anderson mixed with a throwing error by the Mountaineer’s first baseman.
WVU padded its four-run lead, 5-1, in the eighth with four more runs that resulted from four hits – three of the extra-base variety – and one error. Galusky, who ended the day a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate, got the eighth going with a one-out single before Davis, Jackson Cramer and Guerrini notched a double apiece. Galusky, Davis, Darius Hill, who reached via a fielding error, and Cramer scored in the inning.
The Rebels managed to score two in the bottom of the ninth, primarily, with the help of a bit of wildness by WVU’s Blake Smith on the mound. Payton Squier led off with a single and watched as the next three to step to the dish were either walked or hit by a pitch. Vince Taormina took the last free pass issued by Smith, which turned into an RBI walk. Two batters later, Anderson hit a sacrifice fly to left to plate Cooper Esmay, who had entered in a pinch runner, to cap the game’s scoring.
WVU’s B.J. Myers improved to 2-0 through two weeks of play, as he allowed one unearned run off of three hits in seven innings. Myers struck out four against one walk. His bullpen threw the final two frames and gave up three runs off of three hits.
Oakley, who struck out five, lasted five innings on the mound for UNLV and surrendered four runs (three earned) off of seven hits.
Ben Wright and Larry Quaney III saw relief action for UNLV. The former allowed five runs (three earned) off of six hits, while the latter was touched for one hit. The pair combined to strikeout four and walk one.
The Rebels return to Earl E. Wilson Stadium next weekend (March 4-6) to open Mountain West Conference play against the San Jose State Spartans. The three-game series is set to open Friday night at 6:05 pm, which is the program’s Pink Day – all fans can purchase $4 tickets for wearing pink. UNLV and SJSU will continue their set Saturday and Sunday at 2:05 pm and 1:05 pm, respectively. As always children 12 and under as well as UNLV will I.D. are always free.