Rebels Sweep Hawkeyes, Improve to 15-2|
March 11, 2018
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The No. 23 UNLV baseball team, winners of four straight, erupted for another eight runs over the sixth and seventh innings for the second straight outing to power past the Iowa Hawkeyes, 13-3, Sunday afternoon at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. With the win, the Rebels improved to 15-2 on the year and tied the 1971 squad for the best start through 17 games in program history. The Hawkeyes, on the other hand, sit 8-5 after they lost their fourth straight.
The Scarlet & Gray sat deadlocked with Iowa at 3-all through five innings; however, a five-run sixth inning put plenty of separation between the two sides. Nick Rodriguez and Nick Ames put the Rebels ahead for good when they opened the decisive frame with a single and two-run home run, respectively. Three more runs followed off a sacrifice bunt put in play by Vince Taormina and a two-run single by Dillon Johnson.
The Rebels added some insurance tallies in the seventh (three runs) and eighth (two) to run away from the Hawkeyes.
Donavon McCrystal (2-0) picked up his second win of the season with 1.1 innings of relief after he recorded four outs over the fifth and sixth innings. McCrystal relieved Trevor Horn who went 4.2 innings and allowed three runs (two earned) off of eight hits.
THE TURNING POINT: McCrystal entered the game in the fifth inning after Iowa had evened the score at 3-all and had two runners on base with two out. He got the Rebels out of the inning with a fly out to center field to end the threat. He made quick work of Iowa's offense, once again, in the sixth with three quick outs, to allow his offense to breakout for five runs in the home half of the stanza.
REBEL OF THE GAME: Bryson Stott had two hits, two RBI and two runs in the game. Stott's first hit was a two-run home run in the third inning that put the Rebels ahead by one run, 3-2. He doubled in the fifth and added a run in the sixth.
QUOTABLE: "The kids did a great job grinding out this game," said head coach Stan Stolte. "I thought we took a couple plays off early and Trevor (Horn) wasn't quite as sharp, but we battled through it. Our bullpen was great today, as they were all weekend."
STAT OF THE GAME: The Rebels' 1-4 batters combined for a 9-for-18 (.500) day at the plate with five RBI and four runs scored. Johnson led the quartet with three hits, while the trio of Stott, Isbel and Rodriguez had two apiece.
STAT OF THE GAME, PART DEUX: The Rebels' 8-9 batters combined for a 4-for-9 (.444) day at the plate with four RBI and three runs. Jack-Thomas Wold and Taormina had two hits and two RBI apiece. The former scored two runs to the latter's one.
- The Rebels' 15-2 record is tied for the best in program history with 1971's showing through 17 games.
UP NEXT: UNLV welcomes the Pac-12's Utah Utes (1-13) to Las Vegas and Earl E. Wilson Stadium for a Monday matinee with first pitch scheduled for 2:05 pm.
SEASON TICKETS: UNLV still has 16 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.