UNLV Baseball late comeback falls short against the Utes

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Joey Walls diving to first after attempting to steal second during UNLV's game against Utah, the Rebels lost 9-12. Photo by Jordan Anders-McClain.

UNLV baseball returned home after finishing 3-0 on their first road trip to begin a six-game homestead. The Rebels played Utah Tuesday afternoon but a late comeback fell short against the Utes as UNLV lost 12-9.

Sam Simon would be the starting pitcher for the Rebels, in three innings he would give up eight hits and four runs while finishing with four strikeouts.

The Rebels got on the board first in the bottom of the second when Eric Bigani hit his second home run of the season that also scored Joey Walls, putting UNLV up 2-0. 

In the top of the third, Utah would add four runs to put them up by two. They didn’t hold the lead for long as Henry Zeisler and Walls would hit back-to-back home runs adding to the two runs previous, putting the Rebels back on top 6-4. 

It would be Zeisler’s second home run of the season and Wall’s first.

Utah would take back the lead in the sixth after rallying four RBIs. In the seventh, they would stretch their lead to 12-6 before UNLV would start to make a comeback. 

In the final inning, Braden Murphy singled to right field which scored Rylan Charles. Gavin Mez would step up to the plate and hit one to center field which would bring home Zeisler and Austin Kryszczuk. 

Down by three, with two outs and two runners on base, Jordan Andrade stepped up to plate in hopes of tying the game. 

After two strikes and two balls thrown by the Utes pitcher, Andrade swung and missed, sealing the 12-9 victory for Utah.

Zeisler and Walls would lead the team with two runs and two hits each. At bat four times, Charles and Bigani would combine for five hits, two runs, and three RBIs. 

Up Next

The Rebels will return to Earl E. Wilson Stadium to face Cal Poly in a three-game series starting Friday Mar. 4, first pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. The Rebels will then play Utah Valley in a two-game series starting Mar. 7, first pitch is set for 6:05 p.m.

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