Rebels Suffer Saturday Setback To Aztecs|
March 18, 2017
SAN DIEGO (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team (10-10, 5-3 MW) fell behind by six runs midway through Saturday’s contest and, ultimately, suffered a 10-5 loss to the San Diego State Aztecs (12-7, 3-2 MW) at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
By virtue of each team winning once, thus far, Sunday’s rubber game will decide the victor of the series. First pitch for tomorrow’s affair is slated for 1:00 pm.
Nine of the first 10 runs of the ball game were scored with two outs on the scoreboard, and SDSU was the primary benefactor of timely hitting as its offense was responsible for seven of those runs. The Aztecs’ first seven runs – two in the third, four in the fifth and one in the sixth – were with two outs as were UNLV’s second and third tallies of a three-run sixth.
“SDSU played better than us today,” said head coach Stan Stolte. They deserved to win, and they had some cluth, two-out hits. On offense, we kept battling and tried to get back into it, but we allowed them to keep adding on the last few innings, which we couldn’t overcome.”
After the Rebels left one stranded in both the first and second innings, SDSU, which had been retired in order in those same two frames, opened up the scoring with back-to-back RBI singles from Alan Trejo and Andrew Brown. The two run-scoring hits came after Chase Calabuig reached off a two-out double.
Calabuig and Brown factored in the Aztecs’ four-run fifth as the pair got things started with a two-out double and a hit-by-pitch, respectively. Danny Sheehan and Jordan Verdon followed with two straight RBI singles to up the home team’s lead to 4-0. Tyler Adkison followed with a two-run double to plate Sheehan and Verdon, and extend the lead to 6-0 off UNLV starter Larry Quaney (1-1).
UNLV finally got on the ‘board in the sixth off RBI from Nick Rodriguez, Ernie De La Trinidad and Cody Howard. Kyle Isbel and Payton Squier were the first two Rebels to score after they initially reached via a walk and a single, respectively. Rodriguez was the third to score in the frame.
SDSU answered back in its half of the sixth and seventh with a run in each frame. Trejo had an RBI single in the sixth while Adkison had a solo homer in the seventh.
The teams scored twice apiece in the eighth with UNLV getting RBI doubles from Howard and Justin Jones; SDSU’s came off a fielding error and a sacrifice fly.
The Rebel offense got two hits apiece from Isbel, Rodriguez and Howard while four others had one each. Howard )two RBI and one run) and Rodriguez (two runs and one RBI) also factored greatly in the team’s five-run output.
Dominic Purpura (4-0) remained perfect on the year following his 6.1 inning performance Saturday for the Aztecs. Purpura, who struck out two, allowed three runs off of six hits and four walks.
Quaney, on the other hand, suffered his first loss in 5.0 innings of work. He allowed six runs off of seven hits.
After a two-game, midweek set (March 21-22) in Lubbock, Texas, against the No. 4 Texas Tech Red Raiders, UNLV will return to Las Vegas and Earl E. Wilson Stadium for a three-game, MW series against New Mexico next weekend, March 24-26.
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NOTES: Squier and De La Trinidad extended their hitting streaks to 10 and nine games, respectively … Two Rebels – Bryson Stott and Squier – have reached base safely in all 20 contests while Isbel has reached safely in 19 of 20; De La Trinidad has done so in the last 13 … Saturday marked only the second time Stott has not recorded a hit this season.