Rebels Off To Best Start In Program History|
March 12, 2018
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The No. 21 UNLV baseball team extended its winning streak to five games Monday afternoon with a 3-1 victory over the Pac-12's Utah Utes at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. With the win, the Rebels improved to 16-2 on the year, which is the best start through 18 games in program history. The Utes, on the other hand, sit 1-14 after losing its ninth contest by two or fewer runs.
The Scarlet & Gray jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Grant Robbins and Jack-Thomas Wold recorded back-to-back two-out singles that moved Nick Rodriguez around the bases after he had initially reached via a single of his own.
Utah drew even in the third with help from a hit and a throwing error combination; however, UNLV got more production from Robbins and Wold in the fourth to push back ahead by a run. Robbins and Wold reached via a one-out single and double, respectively, and the latter's at-bat was followed by a sacrifice fly by Vince Taormina. The Rebels tacked on an insurance run in the seventh when Kyle Isbel drilled a one-out triple to center field to score Dillon Johnson from second after he had a one-out double.
Chase Maddux (2-2) threw five strong innings for his second win of the season, as he struck out one against one unearned run and four hits. Maddux gave way to the bullpen in the sixth, and the trio of Conner Woods, Donavon McCrystal and Bryan Menendez combined to strike out four Utes in their 3.0 innings of relief. Menendez tossed the final two frames to earn his sixth save of the year.
THE TURNING POINT: With the score tied 1-all in the fourth, Utah had runners on first and second with one out, but Maddux halted any scoring chance when he induced a 6-4-3 double play. The Rebels countered in their half of the inning with hits from Robbins and Wold as well as Taormina's sac fly.
REBEL OF THE GAME: Johnson went 4-for-5 at the plate with one double and one run scored.
QUOTABLE: "We're happy to hang on to this one against a team that is a lot better than their record indicates," said head coach Stan Stolte. We weren't as sharp offensively, but our pitchers bailed us out with a great performance. Chase (Maddux) gave us another solid start and the relievers did their job again. They get the day off tomorrow and need to be ready four a tough Air Force squad."
STAT OF THE GAME: UNLV's 7-8 batters, Robbins and Wold, combined for a 4-for-5 (.800) day at the plate with one RBI and one run. Wold also reached base via a pair of walks.
UP NEXT: UNLV hits the road for four straight beginning with a three-game, Mountain West series at Air Force this weekend. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 pm MT (2:00 pm PT) against the Falcons in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The two will meet again Saturday (1:00 pm MT/12:00 pm PT) and Sunday (12:00 pm MT/11:00 am PT). The Rebels will continue their road ways to face the Arizona Sun Devils in Phoenix on March 20.
SEASON TICKETS: UNLV still has 15 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.