Rebels Unable To Overcome Early Deficit|
May 10, 2016
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team (22-26) jumped out of Mountain West play for its final midweek game of the 2016 regular season Tuesday night with a visit from the Arizona State Sun Devils (29-16). Unfortunately, the Sun Devils broke open a 1-all affair with five unanswered scores between the second and fourth innings. The Rebels answered back with three tallies of their own, but they were not able to find the equalizing runs down the stretch.
ASU got the scoring started early with a one-out solo home run from David Greer; however, UNLV responded with a sacrifice fly from Payton Squier that brought home Kyle Isbel, who led off the at-bat with a triple – his eighth of the year.
The Sun Devils pushed back ahead with help from some Rebel miscues in the second – a throwing error and a wild pitch – while Greer was responsible for three of their final four runs. In the third, he reached on a one-out double and scored off an RBI single by Brian Serven. In the fourth, he tacked on a pair of insurance scores with a two-run double. That two-base hit, which followed an RBI single from Gage Canning, proved to be the game-winning hit.
UNLV’s offense came back alive in the fifth when it scored two runs off of three hits and help from a wild pitch. Squier stepped up after two outs had been recorded and Isbel and Austin Anderson on third and first base, respectively. Isbel, who had reached off a fielder’s choice, scored when the first pitch to Squier was a bit erratic while Anderson took second on the play. Anderson had to wait three more pitches before Squier took Jordan Arboites (4-1) offering up the middle for an RBI single.
The Rebels were assisted by another wild pitch in the sixth to pull within two, 6-4. Andrew Yazdanbakhsh led off with a single and then moved to third after Justin Jones and Corey Pool were walked. Eder Erives, who entered the contest in relief of Arboites prior to Pool’s at-bat, uncorked the offering to Cody Howard that allowed Yazdanbakhsh to score.
Moments after ASU left the bases loaded in the top of the eighth, UNLV was able to put three runners on with only one out. Jones led off with a five-pitch walk and made his way to third when Cooper Esmay hit a deep fly to left field that caromed off the wall for a one-out, two-base hit. Pool followed the big hit with another five-pitch walk. Despite the Rebel threat, Erives was able to work out of the jam with an infield fly and a line out to Canning in right.
ASU and UNLV combined to strand 20 base runners with the former leaving 11 on as opposed to nine for the latter. Both sides left six of those in scoring position.
Squier, Isbel and Yazdanbakhsh had two hits apiece to pace the Rebel offense.
“I’m proud of the bullpen for keeping us in the game by throwing five, shutout innings,” said head coach Stan Stolte. “We walked a couple of guys at the bottom of the order early in the game to set the table for one of the best hitters (Greer) on the West Coast, and he made us pay. Defensively, Squier and Anderson stopped some rallies. We just needed that one more good at-bat at a crucial time that we didn’t get tonight.”
Arboites struck out six and picked up the win in 5.2 innings of work. He was touched for four runs off of eight hits and one walk. The two pitchers that succeeded him – Eli Lingos and Erives – allowed only three hits in 3.1 innings of scoreless relief. Erives was credited with his sixth save of the season.
UNLV’s Cody Roper (2-2) was tagged with the loss after he allowed six runs (five earned) in 3.1 innings. Roper gave up four hits and four walks, but struck out two.
UNLV will host the Fresno State Bulldogs at Earl E. Wilson Stadium this weekend (May 13-15). The games signal the end of the Rebels’ 2016 home schedule and their season-long homestand. Game one is scheduled for 6:05 pm Friday night while Saturday and Sunday are slated for 2:05 pm and 1:05 pm, respectively.
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NOTES: Squier registered his team-best 21st multiple-hit game while Isbel notched his 17th – the second most on the team … Squier has reached base safely in 17 straight, which is one game shy of his team-best 18-gamer he had earlier this season … Squier has hit safely in eight straight games, and it’s his third hitting streak of seven or more … UNLV has notched double-digit hits in five of its last six games and in nine of its last 14 while it had 11 10-plus outputs in its first 34 … UNLV dropped to 11-13 in home games, 11-10 in night games and 5-6 in games separated by two runs … UNLV sits 7-11 when it scores between 3-5 runs and 6-12 when it allows between 6-9 runs … UNLV is 13-5 when it outhits its opponent … UNLV is 7-18 when its opponent scores first and 1-14 when its opponent scores in the first inning.