Rebel Rally Falls Short
Feb. 19, 2005
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - UNLV dug itself a deep hole it couldn't dig out of as the Rebels fell 12-10 to Nevada, Reno in the first game of a double-header on a wet Saturday afternoon at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.
UNLV had nearly battled all the way back from a seven run deficit, and had a runner on and no out after CJ Lang led off the ninth inning with a walk. The rally quickly came to a halt when Matt Fry grounded into a double play and Zeke Parraz grounded out to end the game.
Derek Rodriquez took the loss for the Rebels, giving up nine runs, five earned in three innings to fall to 0-1 on the season. Tim Schoeninger (2-1) picked up the win and Wesley Dorsett earned his second save of the season for the Wolfpack.
With rain falling off and on throughout the game, UNLV plated the first run of the game in the opening inning when Fry scored on a double by Ryan Bird.
UNR scored three runs in the second to grab a short-lived 3-1 lead as the Rebels answered in their half of the second with four runs of their own. Tyler Beranek and Willie Bowman hit back-to-back doubles to start the inning, and then Bowman later scored on an error. Fry drove in a run with a single and then and Parraz knocked in one with a sacrifice fly, giving UNLV a 5-3 lead.
That two run Rebel lead would not last long either, as UNR exploded for nine runs over the next two innings to grab a 12-5 lead that they would not give up, although the Rebels made a game of it.
The Rebels cut into the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring two in that frame and then added another three in the bottom of the seventh to cut the cap to two at 12-10. During the rally, UNLV catcher Justin Tellam hit his first home run of the season to lead off the seventh, a solo shot over the right field wall. It was also the Rebels' first round tripper of the season.