Rebels Scatter 20 Hits In 12-0 Win Over San Jose State|
April 29, 2016
SAN JOSE, Calif. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team (18-23 overall, 9-10 Mountain West) jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and never looked back en route to its 12-0 victory against the San Jose Spartans (13-28, 5-17 MW) at Municipal Stadium Friday night. While its offense produced season highs in runs, hits (12) and RBI (12), the Scarlet & Gray’s D.J. Myers, Ryan Hare and Christian Myers combined to hurl a five-hit shutout.
A five-run cushion already backed D.J. Myers before he even toed the rubber to throw his first warm-up pitches. He threw the first seven innings for the Rebels and struck out five – four looking – while the Spartans’ offense was only able to notch five hits, one walk and one hit-by-pitch. Six of those seven runners were left stranded – four of which in scoring position – when an inning came to a close while the seventh was retired as part of a fifth-inning double play.
Hare and Christian Myers pitched one inning of relief apiece. The former entered with one on in the eighth while the latter started the ninth. With Hare on the mound, the runner, who reached via a single and was the last batter that D.J. Myers faced, made his way to third off a passed ball and a ground out; however, he was stranded 90 feet away from home plate. Hare closed out the eighth with a pair of strikeouts while Christian Myers fanned the side with one walk included in the mix.
The Rebels’ got at least one hit from eight of the nine batters in the lineup and seven of those scattered at least two hits. The offense was paced by Kyle Isbel’s four hits – two of which were doubles, two runs and one RBI. Corey Pool and Justin Jones had three hits apiece while A.J. VanMeetren, Nick Rodriguez and Cody Howard had two each.
In the run-scoring department, Pool topped all with three RBI while Jones had a team-best three runs scored. Both Rodriguez and Payton Squier knocked in two RBI. Yazdanbakhsh, Pool and Isbel touched home plate twice.
“Overall, it was a good team win,” said head coach Stan Stolte. “We had a big inning early and we didn’t change the way we played. It was good to see D.J. bounce back with a good outing. We start 0-0 again tomorrow knowing they have some very capable arms left, so it will be a grind Saturday and Sunday.
Isbel started the game with a double down the right-field line and advanced to third and home for an early 1-0 lead off a groundout by Austin Anderson and a sac fly by Squier. Yazdanbakhsh and VanMeetren kept the inning alive with back-to-back singles before Pool took SJSU starter Graham Gomez’s (2-5) 1-1 offering over the fence in left field. Jones and Rodriguez capped off the five-run frame when they combined to produce a double and a single, respectively.
The Rebels upped their lead to 8-0 with a three-run third. Yazdanbakhsh led off with an opposite-field double down the line in right field. He moved to third off a groundout by VanMeetren. Moments after the second out had been recorded; Jones began a stretch of four straight singles by the offense. His was of the RBI variety, as was Howard’s and Isbel’s. The only base hit in the foursome that was responsible for a run was Rodriguez’, which came between Jones’ and Howard’s.
The squads maintained and eight-run separation up until the eighth when UNLV scored twice more. Isbel got things going with a one-out double, which was followed by consecutive RBI singles by Squier and Yazdanbakhsh.
The lead blossomed to 12 runs with RBI from Rodriguez and Taormina in the ninth. Pool led off with a single and then motored to third when Jones doubled to right-center. Rodriguez came through with a groundout while Taormina had a sac fly.
Gomez was tagged with the loss after he allowed eight runs off of 15 hits. He struck out four against one walk. His successors, Eric Anderson and Robert Gaylord, threw one inning apiece and each allowed two runs. Anderson gave up three hits while the Rebels got two off of Gaylord.
UNLV and SJSU returns to Municipal Stadium Saturday at 2:00 pm. The Rebels will send Kenny Oakley (4-4, 3.84 ERA) to the mound against the Spartans’ Hilario Tovar (2-2, 5.30 ERA). Both starters recorded a win in the three-game series played in Las Vegas during the third week of the season. Tovar won game two behind 4.1 innings of relief while Oakley went the distance for his first win of the season. The Conference series comes to a close Sunday at 1:00 pm.
The Scarlet & Gray will, finally, make its way back to Las Vegas for eight home games with the conclusion of the SJSU series. The lengthy run begins on May 3 against UC Irvine (2:05 pm) and it will be followed by visits from New Mexico (May 6-8), Arizona State (May 10) and Fresno State (May 13-15). Fans should check UNLVTickets.com for upcoming promotions and ticket sales.
NOTES: Besides the season-high totals in runs, hits and RBI, UNLV’s 43 at-bats, 29 total bases and six doubles were also bests for a game this season … Friday’s 12-run win is the largest margin of victory since UNLV defeated New Mexico by 12 runs, 14-2, in Las Vegas on April 27, 2014 … UNLV’s 12 runs are the most it has scored in a shutout since it defeated Sacramento State, 12-0, in the capital city on May 18, 2012 … Three of the last four games UNLV has played in have resulted in shutouts; UNLV won two of those, which came in a matter of three games (6-0 loss at Cal State Fullerton on April 23 and 2-0 win at Cal State Fullerton on April 24) … UNLV improved to 3-2 in shutouts this season … UNLV improved to 2-0 when its offense scores 10 or more runs … UNLV improved to 10-0 when its holds an opponent to two runs or less … UNLV improved to 4-5 when it scores in the first inning … UNLV improved to when it scores first … UNLV improved to 10-4 when it outhits its opponent.