Rebels Rally From Early Deficit To Beat Spartans|
May 19, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team scored early and often in its 12-4, come-from-behind win over the San Jose State Spartans in Mountain West play at Earl E. Wilson Stadium Friday evening. The Rebels (20-35, 10-29 MW) overcame an early two-run deficit with help from three runs apiece from Nick Ames, Cooper Esmay and Ernie De La Trinidad as well as four RBI off a perfect 4-for-4 performance at the plate by Justin Jones.
The Spartans (18-35-1, 9-18-1 MW) jumped out to an early first-inning cushion off a bases-loaded, RBI single from Shane Timmons and a sac fly from Joseph Stefanki; however, the lead was quickly erased by run-scoring hits from Payton Squier (single), Jones (double) and Bryson Stott (single) in the home half of the frame.
The Rebels kept the pressure on their guests with four more runs between the second and fourth innings. Esmay and Ames went the home run route in the second and third, respectively, while SJSU mixed in an RBI single from Michael Breen between the two long balls. UNLV bumped its lead by two runs to 7-3 in the fourth off an RBI single from Jones as well as an RBI off a groundout from Cody Howard.
“That was a solid, all-around good win,” said head coach Stan Stolte. “It’s hard to pick just one or two people out for their play. We had a bunch of good at-bats, we pitched fairly consistent and we played good defense. We need to come out with the same mind frame tomorrow and send these seniors out with a ‘W.’
The affair would remain 7-3 in UNLV’s favor until SJSU got a homer from Timmons in the seventh. The Rebels countered with four runs of their own in the stanza when De La Trinidad was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, Squier hit a sacrifice fly and Jones brought two home off a triple.
Ames capped the scoring in the eighth with a solo homer – his second of the game and 11th of the season – to straightaway center field.
Delving deeper into the Rebels’ offensive output, the team had four register multiple-hit games with four hits from Jones, three from Esmay and Squier and two from Ames. Besides the four RBI from Jones, the squad also got multiple-RBI – two apiece – from Ames and Squier.
UNLV starter Garrett Poole (3-7) picked up the win in six innings of work. Poole struck out three, but limited the Spartans to three runs off of eight hits and five walks. He gave way to Tevita Gerber who pitched three frames of relief and, in turn, picked up a save after he struck out two, gave up one run off of two hits.
SJSU’s Jake Swiech (1-5) took the loss after he was allowed seven runs (six earned) off of nine hits. Swiech was one of six pitchers used by the Spartans to toss the final six innings. In all, the relievers gave up five runs off of six hits.
The Rebels and Spartans return to Wilson Stadium Saturday afternoon for “Senior Day.” The program will recognize its four seniors – Esmay, Howard, Jones and Corey Pool – prior to the 2:05 pm first pitch.
NOTES: De La Trinidad has been hit by a pitch 19 times this season and that puts him in a tie with Mike Cruz (2006) for the most in a single season by a Rebel … UNLV improved to 7-0 this season when it has scored 10 or more runs … UNLV improved to 17-11 when it limits the opposition to five or fewer runs.