Rebels Play Red Raiders To Extras, Come Up Short In One-Run Loss|
March 22, 2017
LUBBOCK, Texas (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team (10-13) was unable to put away the No. 3 Texas Tech Red Raiders (19-4) Wednesday afternoon in the final contest of a two-game series at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park. The host Red Raiders, ultimately, claimed the affair by a 5-4 tally in 10 innings.
The Rebels, who led by three runs early on, reclaimed the lead in the top of the 10th off a walk to Nick Ames and an RBI single by Payton Squier. Ames stepped up with one out and took four straight balls from Texas Tech reliever Jose Quezada (2-1) to reach base. After a fly out, Quezada uncorked a wild pitch that moved Ames to second. Grant Robbins was then inserted as a pinch runner, and he came around on Squier's base hit.
The Red Raiders took advantage of free passes in the bottom portion of the extra fame just like UNLV had earlier. Unfortunately, Texas Tech was the recipient of five walks that were doled out by three different pitchers. Jake Lewis (0-2) was on the hook for the first two batters reaching; however, the second one was after Connor Clark entered in the middle of the at-bat. A sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position before an intentional walk loaded the bases for Cody Farhat, who tied the game with a six-pitch walk. Corey Wilson was brought in to relieve Clark, and he promptly induced an infield fly for the second out, but then threw four straight balls to Michael Davis to end it.
"Our kids battled hard today," said head coach Stan Stolte. "We had more good things than bad things happen, we just ran out of pitching. We had to put guys into situations that they weren't comfortable with in a tough environment."
Lewis was tagged with the loss in his brief appearance on the mound; meanwhile, Quezada, who earned a save Tuesday, picked up the win in 2.0 innings of relief. The Red Raider closer allowed one run off of one hit with one strikeout and one walk.
UNLV got off to a quick start in the first off an RBI single by Ernie De La Trinidad. Kyle Isbel scored the game's first run after he led off with a double and moved 90 feet closer to home off a grounder by Bryson Stott.
The Rebel lead grew to three runs in the third with help from a throwing error and another groundout by Stott. Keyon Allen opened up the frame with a walk. After Allen stole second, Isbel singled through the right side and, subsequently, took second off a throw to the plate. Texas Tech's catcher errantly threw to second during Isbel's advancement, and that miscue allowed Allen to score.
Following Allen's run, the Red Raiders went to the bullpen and brought Parker Mushinski into the affair in relief of starter Caleb Freeman. Mushinski was able to get Stott to ground out; however, Isbel was able to up UNLV's lead to 3-0.
The West Texas squad was able to shave two runs off its deficit in the fourth with help from a potential, inning-ending fly ball to left field that was dropped by De La Trinidad. Tanner Gardner scored on the fielding error after he led off the home half of the inning with a walk. A single by Connor Beck was next, and it brought Davis home.
In all, UNLV got two-hit efforts from Isbel and De La Trinidad. The former also scored two of the Scarlet & Gray's runs.
The Red Raiders were limited to five hits with three of those coming against UNLV starter Chase Maddux, who went 3.2 innings. Two unearned runs hindered Maddux, who struck out three, in his appearance.
Bryan Menendez had a strong 2.0 innings of relief as he tossed the eighth and ninth for the Rebels. Menendez struck out four and was only touched for one hit.
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.
The first 500 fans through the Wilson Stadium gates Friday will receive a free Rebel Baseball t-shirt courtesy of the Las Vegas 51s baseball club. Additionally, the first 600 pours of beer will only be $1, compliments of Miller-Coors and the UNLV Baseball Club.
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 six games; unfortunately, it is 2-11 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 13 and 12 games, respectively ... Squier also extended his reached-base streak to 23 ... De La Trinidad pushed his reached-base streak to 16.