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LAS VEGAS — UNLV completed its sweep of the Columbia baseball team with a 13-3 victory in the series finale Sunday. For the third time in four games, the Lions (0-4) held a lead early, but the Rebels (7-1) broke a 2-2 tie with a pair of runs in the fifth and combined for nine runs in the seventh and eighth to put the game away.
Joe Engel put Columbia on the board in the top of the first with an opposite-field single to right, bringing in Liam McGill, who prolonged the inning with a two-out walk. Kyle Isbel knotted things up with one swing of the bat with a solo homer in the bottom of the frame.
The teams traded runs once again in the third inning before UNLV took control later in the game. Chandler Bengtson knocked
Max Smith put the Rebels in front for good with a two-run single to center in the fifth. Both runs were unearned as an error extended the inning.
The Lions closed within 4-3 after Liam McGill knocked in Kanemaru in the seventh. Columbia aimed to bring in the tying run with two on and one out, however, Bryan Menendez came out of the bullpen and induced a fly out and strikeout to get UNLV out of the jam.
In the bottom of the stanza, Kyle Isbel roped a double down the leftfield line to score two and the Rebels capitalized on two more errors to make it 9-3. UNLV broke things up with four runs on four hits in the eighth off a pair of Columbia relievers.
Chase Maddux (1-1), son of Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux, earned the victory. Maddux threw five innings and allowed two runs on six hits with one K. Menendez earned his first save of the season and struck out four in 2.2 innings.
The Lions will return to the east coast and then head south to play a four-game series at USF. Game one is slated for 7 p.m. on Friday, March 2.