Scarlet Sweeps Series, Wins By 4-3 Score Again|
Oct. 27, 2015
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV baseball held its annual Scarlet & Gray World Series at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The Series was won in three straight games - all by 4-3 scores - by the Scarlet, which snapped a two-year winning streak by the Gray.
2015 Scarlet & Gray World Series Schedule/Results
Game Three Recap
"I was happy with the fight by both clubs today," said acting head coach Stan Stolte. "We talked before the game that this was similar to the regular season where some times you go into Sunday up 2-0 or, unfortunately, down 0-2, and will test your will in both circumstances. You're either trying to save the weekend or bury the opponent. I thought both teams stepped up. Now we expect to have this intensity and urgency every game."
Moments after the Gray staked itself to a 3-2 lead after its at-bat in the top of the fifth, Squier and his teammates rallied for two runs en route to another one-run decision. Zack Stockton led off the bottom half of the frame with a double. Grant Robbins, Kyle Isbel, Squier and Andrew Yazdanbaksh followed with base hits. Isbel and Yazdanbaksh were credited with the game-tying and game-winning RBI, respectively.
"It was another close one that we were able to squeeze out," noted Scarlet coach Justin Jones. "We took advantage when we had runners in scoring position and our pitchers did a phenomenal job of keeping us in the game. I'm proud of the boys for competing every pitch. It feels good to walk away with a sweep."
Scarlet countered in the home half of the first off a bases-loaded walk issued to Nick Ames and a sacrifice fly by Yazdanbaksh. The two-run inning began with a leadoff single by Robbins, a walk by Isbel and a hit-by-pitch of Squier.
The game remained a one-run affair, 2-1, until the fifth when Gray's Cody Roper smashed a two-run home run off of Chase Maddux, the eventual winning pitcher and two-game winner in the Series. Maddux gave way to Larry Quaney III in the seventh for the save.
Starting pitchers Scarlet's D.J. Myers and Gray's Kenny Oakley threw four innings apiece and received no-decisions in the contest. Myers allowed one run off of five hits, while Oakley was touched for two runs.
"This was another tight ball game where one play or pitch can make a difference," noted acting head coach Stan Stolte. "Starting pitching was solid, but we need our guys out of the bullpen to come out sharper. We still have guys running the bases like they're in travel ball mode and that needs to change."
The second installment of the Series witnessed scoring from the get-go as opposed to game one's sixth and seventh innings. Squier began the offensive with a two-out single, which was followed by a base on balls to Nick Ames. Andrew Yazdanbaksh stepped in and notched an RBI single for an early 1-0 lead.
Scarlet broke the stalemate an inning later when it scored three off a bases-loaded walk issued to Kyle Isbel and a two-run single by Squier.
"We've been fortunate with our pitching staff and timely hitting these past two games, but game three is going to be a pitcher's duel," said Scarlet coach Brayden Torres. "We are going to have to execute when opportunities present themselves or we are going to have a tough time of pulling out a win."
Anderson, Pool and Howard tried to kick start a comeback by the Gray, but their back-to-back doubles and single could only bring their side within one.
Scarlet's Dean Kremer allowed one run off of one hits and struck out four to earn the win in 4.1 innings of work, while Skelly picked up his second save when he threw a 1-2-3 seventh.
Ben Wright tossed the first four frames for the Gray and, ultimately, received a no decision after he struck out four and gave up one run off of three hits. Wright's teammate Cody Roper was tagged with the loss after he surrendered three runs to Scarlet in three innings of relief.
Game One Recap
"We didn't play as clean of baseball as we have in the past two weeks and the pitchers didn't attack the zone as well either, but the fight and competitiveness until the final out were good to see," said acting head coach Stan Stolte.
The Scarlet offense awoke after Gray's Blaze Bohall gave way after he pitched five strong innings and allowed four hits in 54 total pitches. The scoring began in the sixth when Payton Squier laced a two-run single and continued an inning later off an RBI single by Zack Stockton and a sacrifice fly by Grant Robbins.
Tevita Gerber and Larry Quaney III combined to pitch 5.1 innings for the Scarlet before Chase Maddux entered the contest to close out the sixth with a strikeout after Gray had evened the score at 2-all.
Maddux, who earned the win behind one inning of relief, handed the ball off to Dan Skelly in the bottom of the seventh for a one-out save.
"I thought there were some mishaps on both sides, but we ended up taking advantage of those things and were fortunate to walk away with a close win," noted Justin Jones, one of Scarlet's coaches. "Proud of the boys for finishing with some fight.