Rebels Fend Off Falcons, Take Series With Win|
April 15, 2018
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team (26-12, 9-6 MW) clinched the Mountain West series Sunday against the Air Force Falcons (15-21, 8-10 MW) with a 10-7, come-from-behind victory Sunday afternoon at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The Rebels, who jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after the first inning, scored the final four runs of the game after falling behind by one, 7-6, following the Falcons' sixth-inning at-bat.
Moments after the Falcons staked themselves to a one-run lead in the sixth, the Scarlet & Gray countered with a two-run home run by Kyle Isbel following a one-out single by Dillon Johnson to push back into the lead at 8-7. The Rebels tacked on a pair of insurance tallies in the seventh and eighth with help from a wild pitch, which scored Max Smith, and an RBI single by Isbel, respectively.
A pair of walks to Bryson Stott and Johnson and three consecutive one-out base hits started the Rebels' offensive outburst in the opening frame. Nick Rodriguez began the hit parade with a single. Nick Ames and Smith followed with back-to-back two-run extra-base hits -- a double and a triple. Rodriguez and Ames paired up, once more, in the fifth with a triple and a two-run homer.
UNLV's Trevor Horn had kept Air Force grounded through four innings of play, facing only one batter over the minimum. However, the Falcons struck for seven runs off of seven hits between the fifth and sixth to sour the starter's outing. Horn gave way to Blaze Bohall (3-1), who picked up the win after closing out the sixth.
THE TURNING POINT: The Falcons went to the bullpen to start the home half of the sixth with Shawn Kelley (1-1) after John Byrnes had entered in the fifth for the final two outs, and UNLV welcomed the new reliever to the contest with Johnson's single and Isbel's two-run home run. The Rebels got another run off Kelly in the seventh when he uncorked a wild pitch following a lead-off triple by Smith.
REBEL(S) OF THE GAME: Isbel and Ames combined to hit .500 (5-for-10) with one double and one home run apiece. Isbel knocked in three RBI, including the game-winner with the sixth-inning homer, and scored one run, while Ames plated four and scored twice.
STAT OF THE GAME: All 14 of UNLV's hits came from its 1-6 batters, as each hitter registered at least two hits. Rodiguez and Ames both went 3-for-5, while Stott, Johnson, Isbel and Smith had two hits apiece.
STAT OF THE GAME, PART DEUX: All 10 of UNLV's runs came from its 1-6 batters, with four of those scoring twice. Stott, Johnson, Rodriguez and Ames had multiple-run outings, while Isbel and Smith scored once.
QUOTABLE: "We held on in a hard-fought game," said head coach Stan Stolte. "We need to execute offensively better and make some plays on defense if we want to be more successful. But we won a series against a quality opponent, so we'll take it."
UP NEXT: UNLV remains home and will host the West Coast Conference's Portland Pilots in a nonconference series at Earl E. Wilson Stadium Tuesday and Wednesday. The first affair is scheduled for 6:05 pm Tuesday evening, and it's a $2 Tuesday with $2 hot dogs, $2 sodas and $2 off beer. Wednesday's contest is slated for a 2:05 pm first pitch.
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 eight 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.