Thing 1 Wins Fall World Series Opener|
Nov. 13, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team’s first game of its Fall World Series was a defensive affair that was dominated by pitching until Thing 1’s bats awoke in the top of the fifth inning for a seven-run outburst. By virtue of its one inning offensive, Thing 1 knocked off Thing 2, 7-2, to stake itself to an early 1-0 lead in the three-game set played at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.
Caleb Summerhays put Thing 1 on the board in the fifth after he made his way around the bases with help from a single by Seth Mullis, a balk, and a wild pitch by Thing 2 reliever Casey Miller that allowed Conner Woods to reach base safely. Mullis and Blaze Bohall, who was pinch-running for Woods, scored one batter later off a two-run single by Zach Kaminkow. Nick Ames continued the scoring with an RBI single, while Max Smith capped it off with a three-run home run off Thing 2 reliever Paul Richy.
THE TURNING POINT: Thing 1 took advantage of some pitching miscues and Kaminkow’s two-run single to turn a two-run deficit into a one-lead advantage before it scored four more runs.
STAT OF THE GAME: Thing 1’s pitching staff only allowed three hits in the contest to Thing 2’s offense, and all three of those came in the latter’s two-run first inning off starter Donavon McCrystal. Evan Fresquez, Bryan Menendez, Christian Myers and Alan Strong combined for four innings of scoreless relief and only allowed two walks.
REBEL OF THE GAME: Smith went 2-for-4 with three RBI and one run scored.
QUOTABLE: “We started off slow, but once one thing went our way and we got into that bullpen we knew were going to put up some runs,” said Thing 1 co-head coach Bryson Stott. “I think our guys really settled in after the first inning and that was good to see. Alan (Strong) and Bryan (Menendez) have been good all fall, so it’s good to have both of them on our side. Thursday is going to be key and we are looking to complete the series on Thursday!”
*Thing 1’s 3-4-5 batters (Smith, Ames and Michael Macove) combined to hit .545 (6-for-11) with two hits apiece, and accounted for four RBI and two runs scored.
NEXT FOR THE REBELS: The Fall World Series continues Thursday with game two, with first pitch scheduled for 9:20 am. Game three will follow Friday, also at 9:20 am.