Rebels Rally To Knock Off Titans In Exhibition|
Oct. 29, 2017
FULLERTON, California (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team overcame a two-run deficit with five unanswered runs to defeat the Cal State Fullerton Titans, 5-4, Saturday afternoon at Goodwin Field. All five of the Rebels' runs came between the sixth and eighth innings, and the outburst was capped by three tallies in the eighth inning off a solo home run from Nick Ames and a two-run shot from Max Smith.
THE TURNING POINT: With the score knotted at 2-all, the Rebels used three extra-base hits to stake themselves to a 5-2 lead after its at-bat in the top half of the eighth inning. Ames got the offensive started with a one-out, solo homer off CSUF reliever Brett Conine. Nick Rodriguez and Smith kept the momentum going with a double and a homer to cap the Scarlet & Gray's scoring.
STAT OF THE GAME: UNLV scattered 10 hits in the game, with two apiece from Kyle Isbel, Ames and Smith, and those three factored in all five of the team's runs. Smith knocked in two RBI and scored twice; Isbel and Ames both had one run and one RBI.
REBEL OF THE GAME: Smith went 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI and two runs. His two-run home run in the eighth inning wound up accounting for the game-winning hit/RBI as well as the game-winning run.
QUOTABLE: "I was really pleased with our performance against one of the most respected and successful programs in the country," said head coach Stan Stolte. "We went toe to toe with them for nine innings and didn't flinch. It wasn't about the score, because they held back on some things they would normally do; it was just the way we approached playing good, solid, hard-nosed baseball. We still have work to do, but feel good where we're at right now. We are heading in the right direction for sure. A couple position spots and numerous pitching roles still aren't settled yet, so we're still looking for kids to step up and grab them."
NEXT FOR THE REBELS: UNLV will continue fall practice Monday through November 18. The team will host its annual Alumni Weekend November 10-11, with a golf outing scheduled for the 10th and a baseball game on the 11th. The Rebels will close out their fall practice schedule with their Scarlet & Gray World Series at Earl E. Wilson Stadium on November 16-18.