FSM Essential Recap: UNLV vs Utah Valley – Series 4

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UNLV Rebels (6-7) | Utah Valley Wolverines (5-8)

 

Utah Valley’s early offense was too much for UNLV as they dropped the series finale 12-9

 

Game 2:

UNLV vs Utah Valley
Photo Credit: UNLV Athletics

Hits, hits, and even more hits was the name of the game as there was a combined score of 21 points with 25 hits mixed in between the two teams. This was game two of the series as UNLV put RHP Brian Uribe on the mound as he went up against Utah Valley’s LHP Cal Beardsley. Before you could even blink, the Wolverines started fast. They instantly got their first two men on base to put pressure on early. Outfielder Paul Vossen started the run frenzy with a solid shot up the middle to bring both runners home to put Utah Valley on the board. And that was just the beginning.

A screaming double shortly followed from Brody Ponti was enough to bring Vossen around the bags to score. Uribe was able to get the first out of the inning with an excellent strikeout, but that soon showed to be the only out he will record in his outing. Back-to-back hits brought home another three runs to bring the score to 6-0. Uribe was pulled, and the Rebels brought in Ty Pohlmann to settle the damage and end the inning.

UNLV was able to make some noise of its own as they were able to put up a crooked number to answer back. A very similar start for the Rebels as they were able to get the first two-man on with a Hit by Pitch and a walk. An infield single from Diego Alarcon loaded the bases, and the Rebels were back in business. First baseman Hank Zeisler drove in two runs to make things exciting and brought the score to 6-2. Edarian Williams scored another run from his 2-out single to bring the Rebels within three.

A very quiet second and third inning kept the score at 6-3, with a possible comeback still in sight.

However, the bats were loud and active again in the fourth as Utah Valley started to pull away. A deep triple from Utah’s Trey Cutchen brought home another run, as that was just the beginning of this big inning. A sacrifice fly and a single plated two more runs for the Wolverines. Things just got worse for the Rebels as another run scores from trying to pick off the man at first, and both runners ended up safe. The score is now 10-3 after 3.5 innings.

The Rebels answered with a single run in the bottom half, coming from leadoff hitter Rylan Charles’ easy double. The game was now 10-4.

 

Utah Valley put the final touches on the game with a no-doubt 2-run bomb in the fifth.

 

The Rebels could not get anything going until the sixth inning as they were able to put two more runs on the board. Alarcon and Santino Panaro put the ball in play as they both grounded out, with a runner scoring on both plays.

A similar action happened in the eighth inning as Panaro grounded into an out with a runner scoring, putting the game at 12-7 heading into the final inning.

A slight hope for a comeback as the Rebels put some hits together but still fell short of a possible tie. James Gamble reached base and was driven home with an RBI triple from Braden Murphy. Charles drove in the last run of the game with a single as Murphy crossed home plate.

There were still bright spots for the Rebels to build on as their pitching held Utah Valley scoreless in the game’s final four innings. Also, strong hitter performances from Zeisler (3 for 4, 2 RBIs) and Charles (2 for 4, 2 RBIs). A quick four-game road trip is coming up for the Rebels before returning to Las Vegas.

The next home game will be on March 18th, as they take on Air Force with the first pitch at 6:05 pm at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. 

Game 2 Box Score:

WP: Coop Rust (1-1)

LP: Brian Uribe (0-1)

HR: Kyle Coburn (1)

Game 1:

 

The Rebels could not seem to wake up the bats as they dropped a tough one to Utah Valley, 3-2.

 

UNLV vs Utah Valley
Photo Credit: Kayla Faasse/UNLV

It was game one of two in this two-game series for the UNLV Rebels as they took on the visiting Utah Valley Wolverines, marking game five of their recent six-game homestand. The Rebels went 2-2 over the last few games at home. Today, they turned to left-handed pitcher Josh Sharman as he went up against right-handed pitcher Andrew Hauck. 

Despite the loss, Sharman still put up a great stat line as he went seven strong innings while only giving up two runs on five hits. He also added nine strikeouts with no walks.

After a scoreless top half of the first, UNLV seemed to be alive and ready as an early walk to left fielder Austin Kryszczuk sparked an early run opportunity. Third baseman Diego Alarcon slapped an RBI double to bring Kryszczuk all the way around to give the Rebels an early 1-0 lead. The Rebels failed to capitalize with more runs by leaving two runners on base. This became a familiar routine in this game for UNLV.

Sharman put up another scoreless inning as Utah Valley could not put any hits on the board after two. The Rebels put a runner in scoring position from a leadoff walk to Cole Andavolgyi, with Rylan Charles hitting a single to advance him to third. However, they failed to bring the runner home.

The Wolverines were able to build up their own hits as they started to make some noise in the third. Drew Sims started the inning with a double that put the Rebels on edge. Excitement grew as Sharman struck out the next two batters to put the pressure on the Wolverines. Mitch Moralez singled to left to bring the runner home to tie the game at one. Bats soon became quiet as no team could muster up any runs over the next two innings.

 

Utah Valley and UNLV broke the two-inning silence with a loud fifth inning.

 

With two quick outs on the top of the fifth, hopes of a run seemed lost for Utah Valley, but the inning was not over. Cole Jordan muscled a single to keep the inning alive, quickly followed by another single from Kyle Coburn to put runners on first and second. Utah Valley seemed aggressive on the base path as both runners stole, putting them both into scoring position. A passed ball was the driving force to give Utah Valley a 2-1 lead.

The Rebels answered immediately in the bottom half to tie things at two, coming off a bases-loaded hit by pitch from Jason Sharman. The Rebels left the bases loaded as this was their last run of the game.

Sharman continued his dominance with back-to-back 1-2-3 innings in the sixth and seventh to finish his outing.

The Rebels, yet again, had another chance to break this game wide open with a scoring opportunity in the seventh. UNLV was able to load the bases with two outs but could not command the lead. UNLV left fifteen runners on base throughout the game.

There was a pitching change in the top of the eighth for UNLV as they brought in right-handed pitcher Jimmy Gamboa in hopes of keeping the game tied. However, that tie was soon gone. Utah Valley started with a double from Jordan for an instant scoring chance, followed by the craziest play of the game. Coburn went on to lay a successful bunt to the third baseman, which led to a bad throw to first. With their already aggressive base running, Jordan scored on the bunt due to the throw. This gave the Wolverines a late 3-2 lead which proved to be the nail in the coffin.

The Rebels still had some fight as they did not go down quietly. They were able to get two runners on base to possibly tie the game in the ninth but, again, failed to succeed.

UNLV suffered their sixth home loss this season which is more than they had last year.

Game 1 Box Score:

WP: Luke McCollough (1-1)

LP: Jimmy Gamboa (0-1)

SV: Kayler Yates (1)

 

The Rebels open up conference play this Friday and head down to San Diego to take on the Aztecs. The first pitch is at 6 pm.

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– Daniel Villegas 

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