Rebels Sweep Bulldogs, Win Eighth Straight|
March 4, 2018
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team (11-1, 3-0 MW) notched its third straight one-run win over the Fresno State Bulldogs (8-5, 0-3 MW) to sweep the Mountain West weekend series. The Rebels broke open a 2-all affair with a three-run fourth inning; however, the Bulldogs scored twice in the eighth to threaten late in the 5-4 Sunday matinee at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.
By virtue of winning Sunday, the Scarlet & Gray has been triumphant in eight straight games, which is the longest winning streak, to date, since the 2013 team rattled off 10 in a row from February 23 to March 12.
UNLV was paced by 7.0 strong innings of work by starter Trevor Horn who improved to 2-0 on the year after he struck out five against three runs (two earned) off of three hits and two walks. Horn retired the side in five innings and only seven base runners; three of which scored, albeit one reached via an error in the third. He gave way to Conner Woods and Bryan Menendez who combined to throw the final 2.0 innings of relief, as the latter earned his third save of the season with four strikeouts.
The Rebels got on the scoreboard first with two runs off a walk, a throwing error and an RBI single by Max Smith, who was 2-for-4 at the plate.
The Bulldogs cut into the two-run deficit in the third with help from a Rebel throwing error and an RBI double by Nick Warren, while a solo homer run by Carter Bins.
UNLV took the lead for good in the fourth when Nick Rodriguez scored off Oscar Carvajal's (1-1) wild pitch after her had initially reached via single. Grant Robbins and Vince Taormina added RBI singles later in the frame.
FS pulled within one in the eighth off RBI from a sacrifice fly and an RBI single; however, it had a potential run erased for the first out of the inning when Woods picked off a runner at first base.
THE TURNING POINT: In the bottom of the fourth with the score tied at 2-all, Smith hit a grounder to the right side that was fielded by Warren, Fresno State's first baseman. Warren went to throw out the lead runner, but the catch was bobbled and allowed Rodriguez to safely slide into second. A sacrifice bunt by Austin Anderson, a wild pitch and Robbins' RBI single allowed both runners to score to give UNLV a two-run lead.
REBEL OF THE GAME: Horn moved to 2.0 on the year after he struck out five in 7.0 innings. He induced two inning-ending double plays and was credited with an assist on a putout at home after he fielded a squeeze bunt in the third.
QUOTABLE: "Any time you finish it off strong on a Sunday, it's a good feeling," said head coach Stan Stolte. "We played a quality opponent that's going to win a bunch of games this year. We battled offensively all weekend against some good arms and played good sound baseball from a defensive and base running standpoint. I thought Horn and Menendez were outstanding today. We go on the road for two tough midweek games, so we'll need to turn the page quickly."
STAT OF THE GAME: Horn only faced three batters over the minimum through 7.0 innings pitched. He left one stranded (third inning), while the other two scored -- one of which had reached off a third-inning error.
UP NEXT: UNLV heads back to the Golden State for a pair of games at CSU Bakersfield and CSUN this Tuesday (6:05 pm) and Wednesday (2:05 pm), respectively.
BACK AT EARL E.: UNLV returns to Wilson Stadium next weekend for a three-game, nonconference series against the Big Ten's Iowa Hawkeyes. Game one is scheduled for Friday at 6:05 pm with games two (2:05 pm) and three (1:05 pm) slated for Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
SEASON TICKETS: UNLV still has 19 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.