Feb. 13, 2004
LAS VEGAS - First-year head coach Buddy Gouldsmith's Rebel baseball team (1-3) came out swinging in their home opener, defeating the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky (0-1) 13-4 on Friday night. The air was cold, but the bats were hot as the Rebels picked up 13 hits in the win.
The scoring started early with the Rebels picking up two runs in the second inning off of back-to-back doubles by shortstop Peter White and designated hitter Zeke Parraz. White scored his second run of the night in the third inning off of a two run home run that cleared the scoreboard in left field. Parraz also contributed with the long ball, hitting a solo shot in the seventh inning.
The Rebel offence was distributed evenly, with seven players picking up hits. Parraz finished the night 3-5 with 2 RBIs and 4 runs scored. Ryan Kowalski, Ryan Ruiz, Eric Nielsen, and Peter White added two hits apiece.
Starter Matthew Luca (1-0) had a strong showing, giving up only four hits in six innings on the mound. Luca also finished the night with six strikeouts.
For the Hilltoppers, center fielder Dominic Rio had 2 RBIs, and starter J.C. Faircloth (0-1) was credited with the loss.
The series continues tomorrow with the two teams squaring off at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.