Rebels Lose Their First At Home
Feb. 27, 2004
LAS VEGAS - UNLV (5-5) lost its first home game of the year 7-6 to the Spartans of Michigan State (1-0) on Friday night. The Rebels continued to have trouble in the late innings as the Spartans scored two runs each in the seventh and eighth to complete their come-from-behind victory.
Senior second baseman Ryan Ruiz got the Rebels on the board in the bottom of the first with a solo home run over the wall in right center. The Spartans answered back in the second off of an RBI double by Sean Walker, who would come around to score on a fielder's choice RBI by Alan Cattrysse. In the bottom of the second, freshman catcher Justin Tellam's solo home run to right center tied the game up at 2-2.
In the third, freshman left fielder Ryan Kowalski scored after Spartan shortstop Alan Cattrysse misplayed a ball hit by Eddie Gill. Michigan State's Ryan Basham hit a solo home run in the top of the fourth, and Kowalski drove in C.J. Ebarb in the bottom half of the inning to give the Rebels a 4-3 lead.
In the seventh, UNLV reliever Kevin Skogley hit Michigan State's Travis Gulick and then walked Scott Koerber to put runners on for David Miller, whose two-out double drove in both runners and pulled the Spartans to just one run back at 6-5.
After UNLV was unable to answer back, the Spartans took advantage of a costly error in the eighth by Rebel third baseman Zeke Parraz, and an RBI single by Erik Morris to pull ahead for good at 7-6.
Ryan Kowalski finished the game 2-for-3 with 1 RBI and 1 run scored for the Rebels. Starter Matt Luca threw 5 innings, allowing 3 runs off of 6 hits while walking 2 and striking out 6. Luca was not the pitcher of record however, as Ben Schienbaum (1-2) picked up the loss for the Rebels after one and one-third innings on the mound.
For the Spartans, shortstop Alan Cattrysse was 3-for-5 with 1 RBI, while designated hitter Sean Walker finished the game 2-for-3 with 1 RBI. Reliever Jon Kowalski (1-0) picked up the win for Michigan State after keeping the Rebels hitless during his three and one-third innings of work. Ryan Kurtz earned his first save of the year.
The two teams will be back in action on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The game will be broadcast on KSHP AM 1400.