Gray Claims Scarlet & Gray World Series Title|
Nov. 11, 2016
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Just like Major League Baseball's Fall Classic needed an extra inning of action to decide the 2016 World Series, so did the conclusion to UNLV Baseball's fall season. Game three of the Scarlet & Gray World Series was a 1-all stalemate through seven frames of play, but a four-run outburst by the Gray proved to be the difference in the series-clinching affair.
The Gray, which also won the 2013 and '14 championships, strung together four base hits and mixed in a sacrifice fly to lay claim to the game and, subsequently, the 2016 title.
Player/coach Justin Jones got the eighth started with a bunt single to the left side of the infield, and later scored the would-be game-winning run for the second straight tilt.
Kyle Isbel and Nick Ames followed Jones' at-bat with an RBI triple and RBI single, respectively. After a double from Cooper Esmay, the Gray got the sac fly from Bryson Stott and an RBI single from Caleb Summerhays.
Bryan Menendez earned the win in 1.2 innings of scoreless relief work. Menendez, who notched the save in game two, was named the Series' MVP for his efforts on the mound.
"This was a well fought grind from both teams and, once again, our pitchers did a phenomenal job of keeping us in the game," said Jones. "Once we got a few quick hits in the final inning it began a snowball effect and we caught fire from there to close out with World Series victory."
The game's first two runs came in the second and fifth innings. The Scarlet got an RBI single from Nick Rodriguez in the second while the Gray countered with an infield groundout from Cody Howard three innings later.