Rebels Win In Walk-Off Fashion Saturday|
March 3, 2018
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team (10-1, 2-0 MW) notched its eighth come-from-behind win of the season and second in as many games Saturday with its 7-6 triumph over the Fresno State Bulldogs (8-4, 0-2 MW) in Mountain West play at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The Rebels trailed by one run, 6-5, heading into the home half of the ninth inning, but hits by Austin Anderson and Max Smith as well as a walk issued to Grant Robbins set the stage for Jack-Thomas Wold's walk-off, two-run single to clinch UNLV's seventh straight victory and 10th on the year.
The Rebels found themselves in a come-from-behind predicament after the Bulldogs erased a five-run deficit in the sixth and later pushed ahead, 6-5, in the eighth off a solo home run by McCarthy Tatum.
The Scarlet & Gray's offense scored early and often from the second inning through the fifth, and put up at least one run on the scoreboard in each frame off FS starter Edgar Gonzalez, the reigning two-time Mountain West Pitcher of the Week who had entered the contest with a 2-0 record and a miniscule 0.56 ERA.
The Rebels scored their first run off a groundout by Bryson Stott in the second. The lead grew to 3-0 in the third when Wold and Smith combined for RBI off a sacrifice fly and a single. Stott made it 4-0 in the fourth when he scored off a double by Kyle Isbel. The edge ballooned to five runs in the fifth when Wold made his way home from second base when the Bulldogs misplayed a pop up in the infield.
UNLV's Conner Woods (1-0) picked up the win in relief after he threw a scoreless ninth inning. Rebel starter Larry Quaney earned a no-decision in the affair after he went 5.0 innings with seven strikeouts against three runs (one earned) and six hits.
Gonzalez also had a no-decision after he went 5.0 innings with six strikeouts; however, the Rebels scored five runs (four earned) off of nine hits and three walks. His teammate Jamison Hill (1-1) was saddled with the loss after he was unable to get an out in the ninth after he retired UNLV's 2-3-4 batters in-order in the eighth. Hill struck out two, but surrendered two runs off of three hits.
THE TURNING POINT: In the bottom of the ninth, Anderson and Smith made their way into scoring position after Hill allowed a pinch-hit double and a single, respectively, to the aforementioned Rebels to open the inning. Anderson made his way to third base with ease off of Smith's single through the right side of the infield, while the latter found himself at second after he advanced on the right fielder's throw to third base. Robbins joined the pair on the base paths after a five-pitch walk setup Wold's dramatic finish.
REBEL OF THE GAME: Wold went 2-for-3 with three RBI and one run scored. He reached base safely in four of five trips to the plate, with two singles, one walk and one HBP. Both of his hits resulted in RBI.
QUOTABLE: "We had some heads-up and aggressive base-running moments that were huge and made a difference for us today," said head coach Stan Stolte. "I tip my hat to Fresno State, who battled their tails off, also. It's another game that could have gone either way. I could not be more proud of the fight and toughness we continue to show."
STAT OF THE GAME: UNLV's 6-8 batters hit .500 Saturday (5-for-10) and factored in all seven of the team's runs with four RBI and three runs scored.
- Isbel, Ames and Stott have reached base safely in all 11 games this season, while Smith has 10 times.
UP NEXT: UNLV and FS wrap up their three-game, MW series Sunday afternoon at 1:05 pm.
PROMOTIONAL ITEMS OF INTEREST: This weekend's UNLV-Fresno State series has been billed as the "Staff Appreciation Series." UNLV faculty and staff will receive two (2) free tickets to any of this weekend's games when they show their official Rebel Card/UNLV I.D. at the Earl E. Wilson Stadium box office.
SEASON TICKETS: UNLV still has 20 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.