Rebels Defeat Alumni In Yearly Contest|
Nov. 11, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team claimed a 10-1 victory in 6.5 innings over Rebel alumni Saturday afternoon at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The squad comprised of those that once donned the Scarlet & Gray went ahead 1-0 after its at-bat in the second inning; however, Austin Anderson powered the 2018 edition's comeback with an RBI double in the home half of the second as well as a three-run home run in the third.
The Rebels also got RBI from Dillon Johnson (single in second inning), Bryson Stott (bases-loaded walk in second), Nick Rodriguez (single in fourth), Max Smith (sac fly in fourth) and Bryce Bullock (fielder's choice in fifth). The team's ninth run scored off a wild pitch with Caleb Summerhays in the batter's box.
The alumni's lone tally came off a throwing error of a ball put in play by Danny Higa that allowed Justin Jones, who led off with a single, to score from second base. Trevor Kirk moved Jones into scoring position with a single of his own.
THE TURNING POINT: Trailing 1-0 after the alumni scored a run off a throwing error in the top of the second, the 2018 Rebels countered with Anderson's RBI double that scored Max Smith, who had led off with a walk. Jack Wold, who had reached via fielder's choice, scored off Johnson's RBI single to put UNLV ahead for good.
STAT OF THE GAME: Five Rebel pitchers combined to limit the alumni's offense to one unearned run and two hits -- all of which occurred in the second inning. The quintet of Chris Joaquim, Conner Woods, Evan Fresquez, Bryan Menendez and Alan Strong struck out 13 of 24 batters it faced.
REBEL OF THE GAME: Anderson went 2-for-2 with two-extra base hits, four RBI and two runs.
QUOTABLE: "It was great to see two freshman, Joaquim and Woods, compete the way they did," said head coach Stan Stolte. "They both had good enough stuff, but loved the way they got after it and challenged a good hitting alumni team. It was a great weekend for UNLV baseball. The community and alumni support we got yesterday at the golf outing and at today's game was neat to see."
*UNLV's offense was patient at the plate, as it registered 10 walks and also had two batters hit by pitches.
NEXT FOR THE REBELS: UNLV closes out its fall ball season with its Scarlet & Gray World Series next week at Wilson Stadium. The three-game series begins Monday morning with first pitch slated for 9:20 am. Games two and three will take place Thursday and Friday and also begin at 9:20 am.