Anteaters Squeak By Rebels
Feb. 24, 2004
IRVINE, Calif. - UC Irvine used five eighth inning runs to squeak past UNLV and defeat the Rebels 8-7 on Tuesday night.
UNLV started off the scoring in the first inning with junior right fielder Eric Nielsen's RBI single up the middle that scored freshman left fielder Ryan Kowalski. First baseman Eddie Gill then knocked in a run and centerfielder Brent Johnson drove a ball into center field for a sacrifice fly that scored Nielsen and gave the Rebels the early 3-0 lead.
UC Irvine answered back in the bottom of the first when first baseman Brett Dalton scored on a ball that got past Rebel catcher Justin Tellam. Center fielder Erik Johnson's sac fly brought drove in another run and cut the Rebel lead to 3-2.
UNLV picked up a run in the top of the sixth off of a single to right field by sophomore designated hitter C.J. Ebarb. The Rebels also added a run a piece in the seventh, from an Eddie Gill double, and the eighth, from a single up the middle by Ryan Kowalski to give them a 7-3 lead after seven and a half innings.
The lead wouldn't hold up however, as the Anteaters scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth to gain the lead. Jeff Werhun scored off of a balk by Rebel reliever Ben Scheinbaum, who then gave up an RBI double to Erik Johnson. Matt Minor came into relieve Scheinbaum, but promptly gave up a double to Anteater pinch hitter Gregg Wallis, which put UC Irvine ahead for good at 8-7.
Eric Nielsen finished the game 3-for-5 with 1 RBI, while Ryan Kowalski, Zeke Parraz, Justin Tellam and C.J. Ebarb all finished 2-for-4. Ben Scheinbaum (1-1) picked up the loss for the Rebels while Eddie Gill finished the game with 3 RBIs.
For the Anteaters, left fielder Jordan Szabo finished the game 2-for-4 with 1 RBI, while center fielder Erik Johnson was 1-for-3 with 2 RBIs. Michael Koehler (1-0) picked up the win for UC Irvine.
The Rebels will be back in action on Friday February 27 at 6:30 p.m., where they will open a three game series against Michigan State at Earl E. Wilson Stadium in Las Vegas.