Rebels Reel Off Four Runs To Rally In The Ninth|
April 19, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team (14-25) rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday night to knock off the Arizona State Sun Devils (16-19) by a final score of 13-12 at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The Rebels, who trailed by three – 12-9 – as they entered their half of the final frame, managed to send seven batters to the plate and each one reached base safely. Corey Pool got the comeback bid started with an RBI double while two more scored off an errant throw that tied the affair at 12-all. Justin Jones promptly ended the contest with a single through the right side of the infield to bring home the game-winning run.
The Scarlet & Gray had found itself with three outs to play with after ASU’s offense had scored all 12 of its runs between the fourth and ninth to erase an early 6-0 lead the hosts had built after three innings of play. To make the rally more daunting was that UNLV had been retired in-order in both the seventh and eighth – the only two instances that had happened all game – by Sun Devil reliever Ryan Hingst, who struck out five of the six he faced.
Hingst; however, was not able to maintain his pitching dominance in the ninth, as he walked Nick Ames on five pitches and then allowed an RBI double to Pool. Connor Higgins (2-2) was then summoned from the bullpen only to give up singles to Nick Rodriguez and Kyle Isbel. The latter was a bunt towards the left side of the infield that Higgins fielded cleanly, but threw errantly past first base to allow Pool and Rodriguez to score and Isbel to reach third base. Payton Squier and Ernie De La Trinidad were intentionally walked to load the bases.
With Jones coming up and the bags juiced, the Sun Devils brought one of their outfielders in to serve as an extra infielder, but it was all for naught, as the game-winning hit made its way past two diving players.
“Our kids have been battling hard and haven’t had a lot go their way,” said head coach Stan Stolte. “It was great to get a win like this against a quality team like Arizona State. I’m proud of the way our kids responded after getting beat up the past two games.”
UNLV scattered 19 hits – the second most of the season – in the affair as eight players registered multiple-hit efforts. Pool led all with his 4-for-5 outing with a pair of home runs and a double that, in turn, resulted in four RBI and three runs scored. Isbel, Squier, Jones, Stott, Ames and Rodriguez all had two hits. Squier added three RBI while Ames had two. Rodriguez evened Pools’ run tally with three of his own; Isbel, Ames and Stott scored twice apiece.
Pool got the scoring started in the second with a two-run home run that brought home Stott, who had led off with a double. Rodriguez and Squier kept the inning going with a pair of singles, the second of which resulted in an RBI.
Stott kicked things off in the third with a single and came home two pitches later off a two-run homer by Ames. Right after ASU had gone to the bullpen, Pool hit a solo shot to push the Rebel lead to 6-0.
The Sun Devils chiseled away at their deficit with two runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth only to give three back in the bottom of the inning off an RBI single from Isbel and a two-run homer from Squier.
ASU kept its offense going with two runs in the sixth, eighth and ninth as well as a single tally in the seventh.
UNLV’s Bryan Menendez (2-2) picked up the win in 1.2 innings of relief despite giving up two runs off of two hits. Menendez was one of six to pitch for the Rebels, five of which accrued at least one inning of work.
Paul Richy got the start for the Rebels and pitched well for four innings. Richy limited the Sun Devils to two runs off of five hits.
Higgins, the sixth pitcher used by ASU, was saddled with the loss after he gave up two runs off of three hits and a pair of walks. Starting pitcher Alec Marsh only lasted two innings on the mound, and he was touched for five runs off of nine hits. In all, UNLV scored at least once off each Sun Devil hurler.
UNLV hits the road for a three-game, Mountain West series at New Mexico that runs Friday through Sunday in Albuquerque, N.M. All three contests will be streamed live via the Mountain West Network and they will also have radio coverage provided by ESPN Radio 101.7 The Team.
The Rebels return to Las Vegas next week for their final midweek series of the season, a two-game set versus the Portland Pilots. Game one is set for Tuesday, April 25 (6:05 pm) while the second tilt is slated for Wednesday, April 26 (2:05 pm).
NOTES: With the win, UNLV improved to 6-5 in one-run games and 5-0 when it scores more than 10 runs … The team is also 10-9 when it scores first … The 13 runs and 11 RBI both the third most recorded by UNLV this season … The 34 total bases are the most by UNLV this season – four more than the previous best … The four home runs are the most by the offense this season … De La Trinidad extended his reached-base streak to 32 games – the longest since Joey Armstrong’s 36 straight in the 2015 campaign … De La Trinidad and Isbel upped their team-leading multiple-hit totals to 17 games apiece while Ames and Stott also boosted theirs to 15 … Ames upped his lead in multiple-hit games to 11.