Nick Ames Homers Again In Loss To Spartans|
March 3, 2017
SAN JOSE, California (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team (4-6 overall, 0-1 Mountain West) gave up four unanswered runs in Friday night’s 6-5 loss to the San Jose State Spartans (4-4, 1-0) at Municipal Stadium that signaled the start of Mountain West play for both sides.
The Rebels erased an early 2-0 deficit with five runs off of three hits and a pair of miscues by the SJSU defense. Nick Rodriguez got the offensive started with a one-out triple. Rodriguez scored moments later off an error from a ball put in play Keyon Allen. After Kyle Isbel had reached via a fielder’s choice, Bryson Stott laced an RBI single to left to even the score at 2-all. Nick Ames stepped up two batters later and cranked a three-run shot – his second in as many games – to cap the team’s scoring.
UNLV’s Alan Strong took the ball for the third time this season and threw 5.0 innings. Strong struck out a pair and only allowed two runs off of nine hits and four walks.
The Spartans were able to score once off Strong in both the third and fourth from David Campbell (one-out single) and Kellen Strahm (one-out double).
Blaze Bohall (0-2) entered the affair in relief of Strong and pitched a perfect sixth with three straight groundouts. Things turned in the seventh when Bohall allowed the Spartans to load the bases behind a walk, a single and a hit-by-pitch with one out. He was able to get a 1-2 putout for the second out of the frame; however, a two-run single by Aaron Pleschner pulled SJSU within one.
“We had a great opportunity to beat one of the better pitchers in our conference and let it get away,” said head coach Stan Stolte. “Until someone in the bullpen steps up with some toughness and starts getting after it, this will continue to happen. This isn’t pro ball; we can’t bring someone up or make trades. Someone in our bullpen has to get it done.”
SJSU’s Cameron Keup (1-1) took over in relief of starter Josh Nashed in the seventh and held UNLV scoreless in 2.0 innings of work. Keup struck out two and walked one en route to his first win of the year.
Joseph Balfour entered in the ninth for the Spartans and got three quick outs to preserve the win and earn his second save of the season.
Due to the high probability of rain in the Bay Area midday Saturday, game two of the MW series has been moved up to two hours to 2:00 pm. Sunday’s finale is still slated to take place at 1:00 pm while a non-conference affair in Moraga at Saint Mary’s is slated for Monday at 2:00 pm.
UNLV is back home March 10-12 for three conference games against Air Force. A two-game, midweek set against Grand Canyon will follow March 14-15.
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NOTES: Stott has hit safely in all 10 of UNLV’s games this season and has scattered multiple-hits in seven of those … Ames has hit safely in nine straight, as well … Three Rebels – Stott, Isbel and Squier – have all reached base safely in all 10 contests.