Rebel Bats Send Bulldogs Scurrying Back To Fresno|
May 7, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team scored early and often in Sunday’s 14-5 victory over the Fresno State Bulldogs in the finale of the Mountain West series at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The Rebels jumped out to a 5-1 lead before a 37-minute rain delay intervened; however, the pause in play did not hamper the Scarlet & Gray’s momentum the remainder of the affair.
UNLV’s offense scattered 18 hits and got multiple-hit efforts from seven batters, including three hits from both Bryson Stott and Vince Taormina. The 1-5 hitters – Kyle Isbel, Payton Squier, Ernie De La Trinidad, Justin Jones and Cody Howard – had two hits apiece. Additionally, Stott knocked in four RBI while Isbel, Jones and Howard had two each. Howard led all with four runs scored with Taormina and Jones right behind with three apiece.
Besides the offensive performance, the pitching staff limited the Bulldogs to six hits on the day. Paul Richy (3-3) picked up the win in 5.2 innings of work after he allowed five runs (four earned) off of five hits. Corey Wilson and Blaze Bohall followed with each throwing 1.2 scoreless frames in relief.
“This was a solid, all-around win, which we needed,” said head coach Stan Stolte. “Richy just did what he does best; he throws quality pitches consistently. We knew Fresno State would not go away, and I thought Stott’s big hit in the sixth that drove in two kept ups in control. “Taormina cam through with a great game after not playing the first two of the series, and that is not easy to do.”
FS started the affair with a 1-0 lead off a sacrifice fly from Aaron Arruda scored Austin Guibor, who led off with a triple, from third base; however, things turned for the better in the home half of the first off a two-run single from Howard and an RBI double from Stott.
The Rebels upped their lead with two runs in the second off a triple and a sacrifice fly from Nick Rodriguez and Isbel, respectively, before the rains came.
UNLV’s edge grew to six runs – 7-1 – with two more tallies in the third that came off a solo home run from Howard and an RBI single by Isbel.
Both teams scored twice in the fourth with FS using solo homers from Scott Silva and Jesse Medrano while Jones’ blast was a two-run shot.
After a scoreless fifth, the Bulldogs and Rebels pushed across two each with Silva and Medrano, once again, factoring in the former’s action while Stott answered back with a two-run single for the latter.
The Rebels added one run in the seventh off an RBI single from De La Trinidad and two more in the eighth off a sac fly from Stott and an RBI single by Taormina.
In all, FS used a total of seven pitchers in Sunday’s contest. Ricky Ramirez (3-5) got the start, but only lasted 1.0 inning, and allowed four runs off of five hits. The Rebels managed to score at least once off of four of the six relievers the Bulldogs brought into the game.
UNLV hits the road for the final time during the 2017 regular season with a trip to the northern portion of the Silver State and three games in Conference play against the Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack. Both Friday and Saturday’s affairs are scheduled for 6:00 pm while Sunday’s finale is set for 1:00 pm. Not only do these games count towards the MW’s standings, but they’re part of the Governor’s Series presented by NV Energy and Barrick Gold, the head-to-head athletic and academic competition between the state’s two NCAA Division I programs.
NOTES: Ernie De La Trinidad extended his reached-base streak to 43 games with help from two hits and one walk … De La Trinidad is currently the second-longest active span in the country, and it only trails the 46 straight by Air Force’s Tyler Jones … Jones’ run of 46 is the longest streak of the season and surpassed his teammate Bradley Haslam and Murray State’s Brandon Gutzler’s runs of 44; the latter’s was snapped Saturday … De La Trinidad, Isbel, Jones upped their team-leading multiple-hit games total to 21 each while Squier and Stott sit at 18 and 16, respectively … UNLV won its sixth game when it both wins by five or more runs and scores 10 or more runs … UNLV improved to 15-9 when it limits the opposition to five or fewer runs … UNLV’s 14 runs Sunday are the third most scored this season … UNLV’s 18 hits are tied for the third most recorded this season, and it’s the third time the team has finished with 18 … UNLV’s 14 RBI are the second most scored this season.