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Rebels Claw Past Falcons With Two In The Fifth

April 13, 2018

Final Stats

LAS VEGAS ( - 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.”

- Dating back to the 2010 season, UNLV owns a 22-0 record at home against Air Force, while the overall series in this span sits 31-13 in the Rebels’ favor. Since their first meeting in 1969, UNLV owns a 100-33 advantage.
- Blaze Bohall made his 90th career appearance Friday night tossing a scoreless seventh inning. Bohall now trails former Rebel Koji Pupo (2004-07) by two for a share of the program lead in appearances.
- Bryan Menendez threw 1.1 innings of scoreless relief to earn his 10th save of the season and, in doing so, moved into second place in the program’s single-season saves list. Former teammate Ben Wright notched 11 saves in 2016. For his career, Menendez has 15 saves and now sits tied with Brayden Torres (2013-15) for fourth place in program history.
- Stott extended his hitting streak to 13 games with his eighth-inning double.
- Three Rebels extended their reached-base streaks: Robbins (30th), Isbel (24th) and Stott (24th).
- The Rebels are 17-6 in nonconference contests and 8-5 in Mountain West games.
- The Rebels are 17-3 in home games and 8-8 in road games.
- The Rebels’ 17-3 home record is the second-best in program history and only trails 2014’s 18-2 mark.
- The Rebels are 19-6 when they score six or more runs in a game and 2-1 when scoring exactly six runs.
- The Rebels are 14-0 when they hold an opponent to three runs or less and 8-0 when allowing exactly six runs.
- The Rebels are 12-4 when they score in the first inning.
- The Rebels are 8-8 when an opponent scores first and 6-7 when an opponent scores in the first inning.
- The Rebels are 19-2 when leading after both the sixth and seventh innings, 21-0 after the eighth.
- The Rebels are 19-3 when they outhit an opponent.
- The Rebels are 20-7 when they notch 10 or more hits in a game.

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 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.

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