UNLV Baseball dropped game one of its series against California Baptist University Lancers 9-2 at Earl E. Wilson stadium to make its record 14-21 overall on April 21.
Liam Rocha earned his fifth win to improve his record to 5-0 and Noah Carabajal was credited with the loss to make his record 1-5.
Rocha had a career performance recording a career-high 11 strikeouts in five innings pitched. Rocha finished the game allowing four hits and zero earned runs in his five innings on the mound.
Carabajal gave up five earned runs and nine hits in his 5 ⅓ innings pitched. The Rebels struggled on offense, scoring one run in the first five innings.
The Lancers controlled the game in all fascist scoring nine runs off of twelve hits on the offensive side and on the defensive side of the game the Lancers pitcher struck out the Rebels 16 times in the game.
Along with the Lancers controlling the game, the Rebels gave the Lancers more opportunities to score with the four errors the Rebels made throughout the game.
The game started with Rocha making a statement in the bottom of the first inning striking out the Rebels’ first three batters in a row.
The Lancers got on the board with an RBI triple off of the top of the left field wall by Josh Paino bringing home Shayne Simpson to give the Lancers a 1-0 lead. There was a discussion among the umpires if the ball went over the fence or not and the third base umpire Michael Goebel signaled that the ball stayed in the park.
Rocha stayed hot on the mound in the second inning striking out the next three Rebels he faced. Rocha struck out the first six Rebels of the game to give the Lancers the early game momentum.
Dusty Garcia extended the Lancer lead with a two-run homer to extend the lead to 3-0 at the top of the third inning.
Braden Murphy got the bats going for the Rebels starting the bottom of the third inning with a single to get the Rebels a baserunner. Santino Panaro got the Rebels on the board with a bunt single that resulted in an errant throw by Rocha that led to Panaro advancing to third and Murphy scoring from first cutting the Rebels’ deficit 3-1.
The Rebels’ opportunity to even the score was in the fifth inning when Alex Pimentel and Paul Myro were on base with one out. Rocha struck out Panaro swinging and Rylan Charles looked to keep the score at 3-1 after the fifth inning.
Josiah Chavez entered the game in the top of the sixth inning to pinch hit for Connor McGuire and made an immediate impact hitting an RBI single scoring Nick Dumesnil. After Chavez hit the single, CJ Marsciel pinch-ran for him.
Later in the inning Garret Ostrander and Masciel successfully attempted a double steal to put the runners on second and third. After the double steal, Michael Carpentier reached first on an error bringing home Masciel.
The Lancer two-out rally continued with a Mitchel Simon RBI on a fielder’s choice to bring home Ostrander and make the score 6-1 after the top of the sixth.
The Lancers extended its lead again in the seventh inning, and the Rebels did not play clean defense. Garcia reached on an error by Myro to start off the inning. In the next at-bat, Jake Skipworth grounded out to second base, however, Murphy was not able to make a throw to second because he had trouble fielding the ball cleanly leading to Garcia reaching second base.
With two outs and Garcia on third in the top of the seventh the Paino reached first on an error by Myro bringing home Garcia. The Lancers continued its two-out rally with an RBI single by Dumesil to make the score 8-1.
After a solo homer by Carpentier in the eighth inning Pimentel hit an RBI double to give the Rebel one run in the ninth inning to end the game with the score of 9-2.
The Rebels after its series against the California Baptist University Lancers hit the road to Omaha, Nebraska to face the Creighton Blue Jays in a two-game weekday series on April 25 and April 26.