UNLV Bats Silent In 8-0 Loss To Cal State Fullerton|
Feb. 27, 2005
LAS VEGAS - UNLV baseball was held to a season-low four hits Sunday afternoon by Cal State Fullerton as the Titans' beat the Rebels 8-0 in the rubber-match of their three game series at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.
Sunday afternoon's shutout was the first time that the Rebels were held scoreless since San Diego State blanked UNLV 3-0 on May 4, 2003 in San Diego, a span of 86 games. The last time that the Rebels were shut out at home was the first game of the 2002 season against California on Feb. 2, when UNLV was blanked 2-0. Sunday's shutout snapped a streak of 102 games in which the Rebels scored at least one run at home.
After winning the opener of the three-game series Friday, the Rebels dropped the last two to fall to 2-10. CSF improved to 7-2 with the win. Scott Sarver threw seven strong innings for the Titans to collect the win, improving to 2-1 in 2005. Junior right-hander Matt Luca took the loss for the Rebels, giving up seven runs, six earned in six-plus innings of work to fall to 0-3.
It was a scoreless game through four innings before CSF shortstop Blake Davis blew the game open in the fifth.
Felipe Garcia led off the Titan's half of the fifth with a single, Ronnie Prettyman followed with a double and then John Curtis drew a walk to load the bases. Luca struck out Brandon Walker to get the first out of the inning, bringing Davis to the plate.
The next pitch from Luca was a fastball over the heart of the plate that the left-handed Davis drilled over the right field wall for a grand slam, his first round tripper of 2005, giving the Titans a 4-0 lead. CSF added another run in the sixth and then plated two more in the seventh to chase Luca.
UNLV's best scoring chance came the inning before Davis' grand slam, when the Rebels had runners on second and third with one out.
With one out in the bottom of the fourth Tyler Beranek reached on an error and Chris Bonnell hit a double, bringing freshman Willie Bowman to the plate. Bowman couldn't put the ball in play though, striking out looking and then Justin Tellam popped out to end the inning. After the fourth the Rebels didn't get a runner past first base the rest of the afternoon.
UNLV will play four games this week, starting with a Tuesday game at UC Irvine at 6:00 p.m. (PST). The Rebels will then return home for a three-game set with Florida Atlantic.