Rebels Squash Wolf Pack's Title Hopes|
May 19, 2016
Reno, Nev. (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV baseball played the role of the spoiler on Thursday night as the Rebels claimed a 7-1 victory over Nevada, Reno at Peccole Park. With the win, UNLV clinched the fourth seed in the Mountain West Championship, which will begin on May 25 in Albuquerque, N.M.
“D.J. Myers was outstanding against a team that has been playing very well,” head coach Stan Stolte said. “A.J. VanMeetren had numerous big hits, which is what he’s all about. It was a total team win though in tough conditions against a good team that was playing to win a championship. It’s going to be tough and we have to be ready to go tomorrow as the weather is supposed to be cold and windy, which is typical for Reno this time of year.”
Myers was lights out on the mound for UNLV, as he scattered six Wolf Pack hits across eight innings of work and only allowed one run. He also struck out one and allowed one walk in the contest. Ryan Hare also pitched for the Rebels, tossing a scoreless ninth inning.
UNR came into the series needing a three-game sweep to claim a share of the regular season Mountain West Championship, but the Rebels jumped on the Wolf Pack early and did not trail in the contest.
UNLV opened the scoring in the top half of the second inning when VanMeetren singled through the left side, driving in Justin Jones from second. VanMeetren led the Rebels from the plate, finishing 3-for-4 with three RBI.
UNR’s lone run came in the home half of the fourth inning when T.J. Friedl scored on a Trenton Brooks double.
UNLV would answer with two runs in the fifth inning when Cooper Esmay singled down the left field line, driving in Payton Squier from third and Andrew Yazdanbakhsh from second. The Rebels continued their scoring in the sixth inning when Squier singled to right field, allowing Isbel to score from second.
VanMeetren wrapped up the scoring for the Rebels in the seventh inning after he singled down the left field line, plating Jones from third and Pool from second.
UNLV and UNR will meet in the second game of the series on Friday at 6 p.m. PT and will wrap up the series on Saturday at 1 p.m. PT. The series between the two schools from the silver state is part of the Governor’s Series presented by NV Energy and Barrick Gold.