Bulldogs Run Away From The Rebels|
May 5, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team trailed the Fresno State Bulldogs by four runs before its first at-bat and was never able to recover en route to a 12-5 loss Friday night at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The Rebels (17-31, 7-15 Mountain West) were able to cut the early deficit in half with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first; however, the Bulldogs (24-21, 12-10 MW) outscored their hosts 8-3 the remainder of the affair.
The Scarlet & Gray was paced by Nick Ames and his 3-for-4 night at the plate, which produced a two-run home run and an RBI single. Cody Howard added a two-run double and scored twice off of Ames’ hits.
Fresno State got things started in the first with a three-run home run from Jared Akins that followed back-to-back one-out singles from Jake Stone and Aaron Arruda. Scott Silva followed the long ball with a double and, eventually, scored two batters later off an RBI single by Zach Ashford.
FS’ Ricky Tyler Thomas (5-3) and UNLV’s Alan Strong (5-5) appeared to settle down after the offensive opening frame with each only allowed one hit over the second and third stanzas.
Unfortunately, Strong was not able to maintain form, as he was touched for three runs off of five hits. Austin Guibor and Stone connected on a two-out RBI triple and a two-run homer to push the Bulldogs ahead 7-2. The lead grew to six – 8-2 – when Ashford, who had reached off a double, scored off a throwing error in the fifth.
"Fresno State made the pitches, had the good swings and made the plays," said head coach Stan Stolte. "We did not. I thought Alan pitched better than the numbers indicated, but they got a ball up into the wind in the fourth inning that was the back breaker. When you give up three multi-run home runs, your chances of being successful aren't very good. They outplayed us tonight."
The Rebels got back on the scoreboard in the sixth behind the Howard-Ames combination. The former led off the inning with a walk while the latter delivered a two-run shot to right-center field to make it an 8-4 game.
The ‘dogs capped their scoring in the eighth with an RBI single by Silva and a three-run home run by pinch hitter Torin Goldstein.
Ames, on the other hand, was not done, as he drilled an RBI single up the middle to plate Howard from second base. Howard had initially reached via a one-out hit-by-pitch and then later moved into scoring position off a fly out.
Thomas picked up the win in six innings of work. He struck out four, but allowed four runs off of seven hits and three walks.
Strong was tagged with the loss after he gave up eight runs (seven earned) off of 12 hits in 4.1 innings. He struck out three against no walks.
UNLV and FS will continue their MW series at Wilson Stadium Saturday afternoon at 2:05 pm. The series finale is slated for Sunday at 1:05 pm.
NOTES: Ernie De La Trinidad extended his reached-base streak to 41 games with help from a walk and two hit-by-pitches that moved him into a fourth-place tie alongside John Cruz (2000) in the program’s single-season record book for HBPs … De La Trinidad currently owns the third-longest active reached-base streak in the country and only trails 44 straight by Air Force’s Tyler Jones and Murray State’s Brandon Gutzler … Jones and Gutzler’s runs are tied for the season's longest with Air Force’s Bradley Haslam, who had his snapped last Saturday.