Rebels Need Extra Innings Sunday To Claim Series|
May 1, 2016
SAN JOSE, Calif. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team (19-24 overall, 10-11 Mountain West) rallied for a come-from-behind 3-2 victory in 11 innings against the San Jose State Spartans (14-29, 6-18 MW) at Municipal Stadium Sunday. The win clinched the weekend series (2-1) for the Rebels as well as extended their season against the Spartans to 4-2.
Corey Pool and Cooper Esmay were key factors in the Scarlet & Gray’s comeback Sunday. The former reached base safely in both the ninth (walk) and 11th (single) innings after the first out of the frame had been recorded, and then advanced to second base when the first pitch in both at-bats to the latter were wild.
Pool scored the game-tying and game-winning runs with help from a pair of doubles from Esmay and Austin Anderson, respectively. The first two-base hit (Esmay’s) allowed Pool to score from second while the second one (Anderson’s) came after he took third on a fielding error by SJSU’s second baseman on a ground ball put in play by Esmay.
The game’s first three runs were a result of some defensive miscues. UNLV went ahead 1-0 in the fourth inning when SJSU’s catcher muffed a throw to the plate when Payton Squier got caught in a rundown. The Spartans were the recipients of a wild pitch in the sixth and a throwing error in the seventh, and those helped push them ahead by one run, 2-1, through seven complete.
Squier paced the Rebels, once again, from the batter’s box with his second consecutive three-hit performance. In fact, he went 3-for-4 and scored a run in both outings Saturday and Sunday. Andrew Yazdanbakhsh also had a multiple-hit effort with two base knocks.
UNLV’s Ben Wright (2-2) earned the win in 4.2 innings of long, scoreless relief. Wright entered the affair in the seventh with one out and one on base – a walk issued by starter Dean Kremer. The first batter he faced hit a grounder to short, but an errant throw to first base allowed SJSU to score its second run of the game. Wright came back and got another ground ball and a strikeout to end the inning. In all, he struck out two against two hits and one walk.
Kremer threw the first 6.1 innings for UNLV and allowed two runs (one earned) off of five hits. He struck out two, but walked two.
“That was a great game to win the series, especially, the way we battled back in the ninth,” said head coach Stan Stolte. “Kremer and Wright were outstanding today. They had to be, because we did not swing the bats very well today. Also, we had a couple defensive mishaps that gave San Jose State a couple of good scoring opportunities. Esmay and Anderson had big hits at crucial times and Squier seemed to get a hit every time up. Anytime you go on the road and win a series, you’ll take it!”
SJSU’s Zach Tanner (0-2) was saddled with the loss after he was touched for one run off of two hits in one inning of relief. He, too, struck out one and walked one. The Spartans’ Josh Nashed began the game and went seven innings, and he allowed one run off of six hits with three strikeouts and one walk. Jonathan Hernandez and Matt Brown combined to throw three innings (eighth through 10th) with the latter responsible for UNLV’s game-tying run.
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 or call 702-739-FANS (3267) for all ticket needs as well as promotions.
Tuesday’s tilt has been billed as a $2 Tuesday, and fans can purchase tickets for only $2 online and in-advance through 11:00 am on May 3. In addition, fans attending the game can purchase hot dogs for $2 and get a $2 discount on beer.
NOTES: Squier has a team-best 17 multiple-hit games, which includes six with three hits and one more with four hits … UNLV notched its first win of the season – in 21 tries – when it trailed after eight innings of play … UNLV improved to 3-1 in extra-inning games; 9-3 in one-run games; 7-10 in games its offense scores between 3-5 runs; 11-0 in games it holds the opposition between 0-2 runs; 14-7 in games it scores first; and 11-4 in games it outhits the opposition.