Rebel Offense Gets Started Too Late Tuesday|
March 21, 2017
LUBBOCK, Texas (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team (10-12) suffered a 5-2 loss to the No. 3 Texas Tech Red Raiders (18-4) Tuesday evening at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park. The Red Raiders scored all five of their runs through the first five innings of action while the Rebels pushed across single tallies in the sixth and seventh en route to the three-run decision.
UNLV had its chances to score early on; however, it left a total of five runners on base – three of which were in scoring position – between the second and fourth innings. For the game, the Southern Nevada squad left seven on base.
“We just aren’t making enough plays defensively throughout the game,” said head coach Stan Stolte. “It’s not errors; it’s just not making plays that good teams make. That game could have been 2-2 late, if we do that. Paul Richy gave us a chance with four solid innings. I could not have been any happier with the job Tevita Gerber, Connor Clark and Corey Wilson did on the back end. Texas Tech is very impressive, and it has earned that ranking, but we have to take the game, they aren’t going to hand it to us.”
The Rebels’ first run was attributed to Payton Squier and Nick Ames beginning the sixth with a single and a double, respectively. With Squier standing 90 feet away, Nick Rodriguez followed those successful at-bats with a sacrifice fly to center field.
The second run came an inning later off an RBI single to right field by Bryson Stott. Corey Pool got the frame started with a one-out single. A walk issued to Kyle Isbel moved Pool to second and into scoring position for Stott’s at-bat.
Texas Tech’s first three runs were a result of outs: a first-inning sac fly, a fourth-inning groundout and a fourth-inning sac fly. The Red Raiders scored twice in the fifth with both coming off doubles.
UNLV got one hit apiece from its top six in the lineup as well as Pool, who was slotted into the ninth slot during his pinch-hit appearance.
The Red Raiders got two hits from five different players, including Josh Jung and Orlando Garcia who each scored once and knocked in one RBI each. Ryan Long also had two hit and was the only one to score twice.
John Henry Gonzalez improved to 2-1 behind 6.0 innings of work for Texas Tech. Gonzalez, who struck out two, was touched for one run off of five hits and one walk.
Jose Quezada earned his third save of the year in 1.0 innings of relief. Quezada struck out two of the three batters he faced.
UNLV’s Paul Richy (0-2) was stuck with the loss after tossing the first 4.0 innings. Richy allowed five runs off of eight hits with one strikeout against one walk.
UNLV and Texas Tech resume the two-game series Wednesday at 12:00 pm CT (10:00 am PT). Following the contest, the Rebels will return to Las Vegas and Earl E. Wilson Stadium for a three-game, MW series that will run Friday through Sunday against New Mexico. Both Friday and Saturday’s games are set for 6:05 pm first pitches while Sunday’s is at 1:05 pm.
Tickets can be purchased online and in-advance for $5 at UNLVTickets.com. Tickets purchased at the gate are $8 for adults, $6 for senior/faculty/staff, while kids 12 and under as well as UNLV students are free of charge.
NOTES: UNLV has scored five runs or fewer in each of its past five games; unfortunately, it is 2-10 in contests it scores five or less … On the other hand, the team is 8-2 when it scores six or more … Squier and De La Trinidad extended their hitting streaks to 12 and 11 games, respectively … Squier also extended his reached-base streak to 22 … De La Trinidad pushed his reached-base streak to 15.