Rebels Claw Past Falcons With Two In The Fifth|
April 13, 2018
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team (25-11, 8-5 MW) jumped back into Mountain West play with a 6-3 victory over the Air Force Falcons (14-20, 7-9 MW) Friday night at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The Rebels fell behind by one run, 3-2, after the fourth inning, but reclaimed the advantage in the fifth with a pair of runs coming off a single in the fifth. The Scarlet & Gray bolstered its lead in the eighth with two more runs en route to the three-run victory and its 22nd straight at home over the Falcons.
UNLV, which is in the midst of a six-game homestand, got multiple-hit efforts from four players with two hits apiece coming from Kyle Isbel, Grant Robbins, Jack-Thomas Wold and Seth Mullis. All four of the aforementioned players scored once, while Dillon Johnson led the team with two runs. Nick Ames and Bryson Stott knocked in two runs apiece off doubles in the first and eighth innings, respectively, while Nick Rodriguez had one RBI in the fifth.
The Falcons opened the scoring with a two-out RBI single in the first from Rob Dau, but the Rebels quickly answered with Ames’ two-run double, which plated Johnson and Isbel, who had reached off back-to-back, one-out hits.
Air Force reclaimed the lead in the fourth with help from a one-out fielding error that was followed by a pair of doubles, the second of which was responsible for both runs. UNLV took advantage of a fielding miscue with the bases loaded in the fifth by the Falcons to push ahead for good. Rodriguez hit a single through the left side that allowed Mullis to score, while Johnson managed to come home after the left fielder misplayed the ball. The Rebels padded their lead late with Stott’s two-out double that followed singles by Robbins and Wold.
THE TURNING POINT: In the eighth, the Falcons managed to get two on off a lead-off double and a two-out walk off reliever Donavon McCrystal; however, the Rebels went to the bullpen and brought in Bryan Menendez. The Falcons were able to get the second runner into scoring position off a stolen base, but it was all for naught as Menendez got out of the inning with a seven-pitch strikeout.
REBEL OF THE GAME: UNLV starting pitcher Alan Strong improved to 6-0 on the year and struck out five in 6.0 innings of work. Strong limited the Falcons to three runs (two earned) off of six hits and one walk.
STAT OF THE GAME: UNLV had eight batters record at least one hit.
STAT OF THE GAME, PART DEUX: The teams combined to leave 18 runners on base with 11 of those in scoring position; Air Force left two on third base and four on second, while UNLV stranded one at third and four at second.
QUOTABLE: “That was a typical, hard-fought Friday night Mountain West game that could have easily gone either way,” said head coach Stan Stolte. The two add-on runs in the bottom of the eighth were huge because we know Air Force is a tough bunch of kids who can hit and will not quit.”
UP NEXT: UNLV and Air Force continue their MW series at Earl E. Wilson Stadium Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 2:05 pm. Sunday’s finale is slated for 1:05 pm. This is our “Heroes Series;” all active and former military personnel as well as medical professionals and first responders can receive two free tickets with valid I.D.
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 for the 11 remaining home games 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.