Rebels Stomp Spartans
Feb. 28, 2004
LAS VEGAS - UNLV put a halt on its two-game losing streak on Saturday afternoon by handily defeating the Spartans of Michigan State 8-3.
Freshman catcher Justin Tellam started the scoring off for UNLV in the bottom of the second on an RBI double that scored third baseman Brent Johnson. First baseman Eddie Gill also picked up an RBI in the inning on a ground ball to the Michigan State first baseman that allowed Tellam to score and the Rebels to take an early 2-0 lead.
Shortstop Peter White led off the third inning with a solo shot to right center, his third of the season. Brent Johnson continued the scoring with a double to center field that scored Ryan Ruiz and Eric Nielsen, who had walked and been hit by a pitch respectively. Ryan Bird and Andrew D'Angelo also had RBI singles in the inning, as the rebels leapt out to 7-0 lead.
Michigan State got on the board in the top of the fifth on an RBI double by left fielder Ryan Basham. UNLV answered back in the bottom of the inning when Tellam scored on an error by Michigan State second baseman E.J. Daws.
The Spartans added two more runs in the top of the sixth off of a two-run home run by Spartan first baseman Erik Morris, which brought the score to 8-3. That would be the extent of the scoring as UNLV starter Jake Vose and reliever Matt Minor kept the Spartans from rounding the bases in the final three innings.
In his first start of the season, designated hitter Ryan Bird was 2-for-4 with 1 RBI and 1 run scored. Andrew D'Angelo and Justin Tellam both finished the game 2-for-4, while Brent Johnson added 2 RBIs.
Lefthander Jake Vose (2-1) pitched seven innings for the rebels, picking up his second win of the season. Vose allowed just three runs off of six hits while striking out four. Matt Minor was solid in relief, pitching two scoreless innings with three strikeouts.
For the Spartans, Travis Gulick and Sean Walker finished 2-for-4, while Erik Morris was 1-for-4 with 2 RBIs. Scott Koerber (0-1) picked up the loss for the Spartans.
The two teams will play the series finale tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on KSHP AM 1400.