Hustlin’ Rebels lose series to Utah Valley

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Diego Alarcon celebrating after advancing to second base during the Rebels home game against Utah Valley. Photo by Jordan Anders-McClain.

UNLV baseball fell in both games against the Utah Valley Wolverines in the two-game series after a failed comeback the first game and not-so-great pitching the second game. 

Game One, March 7

In game one of the series against the Wolverines, offense was unable to comeback in the eighth and ninth inning, which gave Utah Valley the first win in the series after a 3-2 victory. 

Despite the loss, Josh Sharman shined as the Rebels starting pitcher Monday night. 

Entering the game he had only thrown one strikeout in seven innings previously. In game one against the Wolverines, he would throw nine strikeouts in seven innings, while only giving up two runs and five hits.

“I was planning to attack, and attack early,” Sharman said. “That’s what I did. I was focusing on throwing strikes and not wasting any pitches.”

The scarlet and gray were only able to earn two runs and seven hits while the team was hit with 10 strikeouts on 33 at bats. 

With the game tied 1-1, Cal Poly would take the lead in the top of the fifth before Diego Alarcon would score later that inning after Jason Sharman was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. 

The Mustangs would reclaim the lead in the eight scoring their last run, putting them up 3-2 over the Rebels.

The Rebels were unable to get anything going offensively in the eighth and ninth inning as they would quickly go three-and-out both innings. 

Game Two, March 8

The second and final game of the series began Tuesday afternoon, and the Rebels would have better luck at batting this game but not with the pitching. 

Freshman pitcher Brian Uribe stepped up to the mound to pitch for the Rebels in his first career-start. He would give up six runs on seven hits in the opening inning before junior pitcher Ty Polhmann came in. 

After the Mustangs jumped to a 6-0 lead in the first, UNLV was able to cut the lead by adding three runs the same inning. 

In the top of the fourth, the Mustangs would add four more runs to their lead while the Rebels would only be able to add one, trailing 10-4. 

Utah Valley would hit a home run to score two, finishing their runs for the day at 12. 

UNLV would go on to score five unanswered runs throughout the rest of the game but was not enough to beat Utah Valley, giving them the 12-9 win and series victory. 

Up Next

The Hustlin’ Rebels will return home to face Air Force in a three-game series starting on Mar. 18 and ending on Mar. 20, first pitch is set for 6:05 for Friday Night. 

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