Redhawks Score Early, Hold Off Rebels|
April 29, 2017
BELLEVUE, Washington (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team (17-29) had its three-game winning streak snapped by a 7-4 loss to the Seattle Redhawks at Bannerwood Park. The Rebels fell behind by five runs through three innings, but managed to pull within one with a pair of two-run home runs in the fourth; however, that was as close as the Scarlet & Gray would get as the Redhawks added two insurance tallies late in the game.
Seattle got a pair of two-out hits in the first and second innings to stake itself to a 4-0 lead. Chris Perrin opened the scoring with a two-run single while teammate Griffin Andreychuk added a two-run home run an inning later.
The Redhawks upped their lead to five when Aaron Stroosma made his way around the bases off a failed pickoff attempt by UNLV starter Tevita Gerber (3-7) and a passed ball after initially reaching via a hit-by-pitch thrown by UNLV starter Tevita Gerber (3-7).
UNLV’s offense came to life in the fifth with homers from Kyle Isbel and Justin Jones. The frame began with a one-out single by Austin Anderson that was followed by a shot to left field by Isbel. Ernie De La Trinidad kept things going with a four-pitch walk issued by SU starter Janson Junk (5-5). Jones then smashed a 1-2 pitch over the fence in right field.
Unfortunately, the Rebel offense was silenced the remainder of the affair by Junk and reliever Tyler Oldenberg. The former pitched a scoreless sixth while the latter did the same from the seventh through ninth en route to his first save of the year.
“I thought Seattle’s starting pitcher was good; unfortunately, we spotted him five runs without them doing much,” said head coach Stan Stolte. “Three walks and a hit batter accounted for four of their seven runs. Justin Jones and Kyle Isbel did all they could to give us a chance, but we had 4-5 other guys that just had bad days at the plate and couldn’t get enough going.”
UNLV was paced offensively by a three-hit effort from Isbel, who added two RBI and one run. Jones, Nick Ames and Anderson also scattered two hits apiece.
Gerber was on the hook for the loss after he allowed five runs (three earned) off four hits. He struck out two against four walks in five innings.
Junk went six innings and struck out eight for the win. He did allow four runs off of eight hits and two walks.
Sunday’s rubber game will decide the victor of the weekend series played just outside of Seattle. First pitch at Bannerwood Park is scheduled for 12:00 pm.
UNLV will resume Mountain West action at home against the Fresno State Bulldogs May 5-7.
NOTES: De La Trinidad extended his reached-base streak to 39 games … With three hits, Isbel took over the team lead with his 20th multiple-hit game … With two hits apiece, Jones and Ames notched their 19th and 16th multiple-hit games, respectively … With each knocking in two RBI, Jones and Isbel recorded their eighth and fifth multiple-RBI games, respectively.