Feb. 29, 2004
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV baseball team put on a scoring exhibition on Sunday afternoon as they defeated the Spartans of Michigan state 20-8 at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.
The Rebel firepower was at its height in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings as each saw a different Rebel hit a home run. Senior third baseman Brent Johnson launched a two-run shot over the left field wall in the fifth, senior left fielder Johnny Uriegas hit a three-run homer in the seventh, and senior first baseman Eddie Gill hit a two-run bullet over the scoreboard in left field during the eighth.
In a game that had no shortage of statistical data, the Rebels and the Spartans combined for 28 runs, 30 hits, 4 home runs, 9 hit batsmen, and 5 wild pitches. Thirty-eight players made their way into Sunday's game as both teams went deep into their bullpens, with Michigan State using 7 pitchers and UNLV using 5.
Brent Johnson was the catalyst for the Rebel offense, going 5-for-6 with 5 RBI, 1 HR, and 3 runs scored, while making three putouts from the third base position. Eric Nielsen finished the game 2-for-4 with 1 RBI and 2 runs scored while Ryan Ruiz also finished 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and 4 runs scored. Johnny Uriegas and Eddie Gill both finished the game with 3 RBIs.
Matt Wagner (1-0) picked up the win in relief for the Rebels, giving up just one run off of two hits during his one and one-third innings on the mound.
For the Spartans, catcher Erik Morris was 3-for-4 with 1 RBI, while right fielder David Miller finished the game 1-for-4 with 3 RBI, including a two-run home run in the third inning. Craig Brookes (0-1) picked up the loss for Michigan State.
UNLV will be back in action on Tuesday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. as they host the Thunderbirds of Southern Utah for a midweek contest.