Lobos Sneak Past Rebels In Late Innings|
April 23, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team suffered an 11-9 loss to the New Mexico Lobos in Mountain West action at Santa Ana Star Field Sunday afternoon. The Rebels (14-28, 7-14 MW), who trailed by as many as four runs early in the affair, owned a two-run advantage – 9-7 – after their half of the sixth; however, the host Lobos (23-16, 14-2-1 MW) countered with three runs in the inning and added an insurance tally in the eighth en route to the win.
Justin Jones and Ernie De La Trinidad powered the Rebels offensively behind a combined 7-for-9 effort at the plate to go along with five RBI and five runs. The former knocked in four RBI and scored twice in his 4-for-5 performance which included three doubles – tied for the third-most in program history – and a home run. The latter; meanwhile, scored three times and had one RBI after he scattered one triple and one home run.
In their final at-bats, De La Trinidad and Jones tried to pull UNLV even in the ninth as they found themselves in scoring position after both reached safely off a one-out walk and a double, respectively, off UNM closer Christian Tripp. Unfortunately, the Rebels were unable to get the pair home as Tripp got out of the threat with a strikeout and a groundout to earn his fifth save of the year.
“As a team, I’m as proud of these guys as I’ve been all year,” said head coach Stan Stolte. “We had too many guys to name that stepped up today. We know we are at a disadvantage with our pitching situation being what It is, but to continually show the fight is encouraging. I know the pitchers will keep working and get it going to the point that they will put us in situations to win some games.”
De La Trinidad began the contest with a two-out solo homer in the first inning to hand the Rebels an early 1-0 lead.
UNM answered back in the bottom of the first with four runs of its own and tacked on one more in the second to push out to a 5-1 edge off UNLV starter Garrett Poole.
UNLV drew even in the third when Payton Squier, De La Trinidad, Jones and Cody Howard teamed up for four runs off of three hits. Squier got things going with a two-out walk that was followed by a single from De La Trinidad. Jones and Howard then delivered back-to-back two-run hits – a double and a home run, respectively – to knot the score at 5-all.
The Lobos went back ahead in the fourth off a pair of one-run hits, but the Rebels tied the affair in the fifth at 7-all. Once again, De La Trinidad and Jones played a part with the pair connecting on a one-out triple and a two-run home run.
UNLV took the lead in the sixth off an RBI single by Austin Anderson that included a fielding error by UNM’s leftfielder. Nick Ames led off with a single and moved into scoring position off a sacrifice bunt by Vince Taormina.
The Scarlet & Gray went to the bullpen to start the bottom of the seventh, but reliever Blaze Bohall (1-4) surrendered a go-ahead three-run home run to Carl Stadjuhar. Bohall had allowed a pair of singles to start the at-bat, but looked to have recovered with a strikeout and a groundout before Stadjuhar’s hit.
Stadjuhar stepped up two innings later with the bases loaded and brought home the Lobos’ final run with a walk issued by Bryan Menendez.
Jared Mang paced UNM offensively with five hits and four runs. Stadjuhar added five RBI and two runs off of two hits. Their teammate Jack Zoellner knocked in three RBI, scored once and notched two hits.
James Harrington (1-2) picked up the win for the Lobos in 2.1 innings of relief. Harrington allowed two runs (one earned) off of three hits.
Bohall was tagged with the loss after he gave up three runs off of three hits in 1.2 innings.
The Rebels return to Las Vegas 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). Tuesday’s affair is billed as “$2 Tuesday” where fans can purchase tickets and hot dogs for $2 apiece while beer will be discounted $2.
NOTES: De La Trinidad extended his reached-base streak to 35 games – the longest since Joey Armstrong’s 36 straight in the 2015 campaign … De La Trinidad reclaimed the team lead in multiple-hit games, and now sits at 19 for the year; Jones notched his 16th multiple-hit game … Jones and Howard recorded their sixth and third multiple-RBI games of the year, respectively … Jones is the first Rebel to scatter three doubles in a game since Joey Swanner did so in 2013 against Nevada, Reno (May 10), and his is the 25th time a Rebel has had three in a game; Kevin Eberwein (1996) and JC Sibley (2005) are tied for first with four doubles in a game.