LAS VEGAS — The University of Iowa baseball team fell 13-3 to 23rd-ranked UNLV in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The Rebels won all three games to complete the three-game weekend sweep.
The Rebels’ offense finished with 13 runs on 16 hits on the afternoon and UNLV connected on three home runs. Iowa reliever Zach Daniels (1-1) suffered the loss, allowing five runs (two earned) on four his in 1 1/3 innings.
UNLV jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first courtesy of a solo home run from center fielder Kyle Isbel before the Hawkeyes scored single runs in the second and third to take a 2-1 advantage.
Freshman Kace Massner, who was making his first career start, tied the game in the second with an RBI single to knock in Lorenzo Elion and senior Tyler Cropley put the Hawkeyes up with an RBI single in the third.
After the Rebels regained the lead with a two-run blast from Bryson Stott to go up 3-2 in the bottom of the third, Iowa tied the game at three via a Robert Neustrom RBI single before UNLV took over.
The Rebels scored 10 runs over the final three innings with five coming in the sixth, three in the seventh, and two in the eighth to send the team to its 15th victory of the season.
Iowa starter Cole McDonald went 4 1/3 innings in the start, allowing three runs on six hits. UNLV’s Donovan McCrystal earned the win, pitching 1 1/3 innings of perfect relief.