Rebels Score 10 Straight Runs To Pluck Another Win From Hawkeyes|
March 10, 2018
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The No. 23 UNLV baseball team (14-2) erupted for eight runs in the sixth inning to erase a one-run deficit en route to an 11-2 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes (8-4) in rainy conditions Saturday afternoon at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.
The Rebels pushed out for an early 1-0 lead after scoring a run in the home half of the third; however, the Hawkeyes were able to put a run each on the scoreboard in the fourth and fifth to flip the game around. Things turned for the better in the sixth when UNLV's offense combined six hits -- three of which were doubles -- with two walks and a hit-by-pitch for the eight-run outburst. Nick Ames (three RBI), Dillon Johnson (two), Nick Rodriguez (one) and Vince Taormina (one) knocked in at least one RBI in the big inning.
The Scarlet & Gray added two insurance scores in the seventh off a two-run double by Johnson and a sac fly from Rodriguez.
The Rebel pitching staff silenced the Hawkeyes' offense for the second straight outing. Larry Quaney (3-0) picked up the win in 6.0 innings of work with two strikeouts against two runs (one earned) and three hits. Blaze Bohall, Austin Anderson and Corey Wilson followed with an inning each of scoreless relief.
THE TURNING POINT: The Rebels were able to get to Iowa pitcher Brady Schanuel (2-2) in the sixth inning with a double and a walk from Ames and Max Smith, respectively. Schanuel had limited UNLV to one run off of four hits and forced the it to strand six runners through five inning; however, the actions of the first two batters in the sixth forced Iowa to go the bullpen, which surrendered five hits and allowed eight runs to score -- including the two inherited from their starting pitcher.
REBEL OF THE GAME: Quaney was dominant on the mound and held the Hawkeyes to only one earned run off of three hits. He opened the game with three straight 1-2-3 innings and wound up facing five batters over the minimum.
QUOTABLE: "This was another hard-fought game until it turned our way in the sixth," said head coach Stan Stolte. "Larry (Quaney) pitched lights out and Dillon (Johnson) clutched up, again, like he always does. The guy is a winner and I'm so glad he's in our dugout. We still have a couple things to clean up, but I'm happy to have won the series against a quality opponent like Iowa. We'll be tested tomorrow, again."
STAT OF THE GAME: The Rebels' 1-2-4-5 batters combined to hit .667 (8-for-12) with nine RBI and six runs scored. Ames, Johnson and Rodriguez had three RBI apiece and scored at least one each.
UP NEXT: UNLV and Iowa close out their three-game, nonconference series Sunday afternoon at 1:05 pm. The Rebels will stay home, once more, for a Monday matinee (2:05 pm) against the Utah Utes.
SEASON TICKETS: UNLV still has 17 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.