Rebels Come Back To Beat Black Bears
Feb. 29, 2008
LAS VEGAS - UNLV baseball hit the ball all over the field, collecting 13 hits in an 11-8 win over the University of Maine on Friday night at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.
Rance Roundy led the Rebel attack with three hits and Jesse Wight drove in three runs as UNLV evened its record at 3-3 in front of 394 fans, snapping a two-game skid in the process. Sophomore starter Matt Hutchison evened his mark at 1-1, his first of the season after giving up four runs, two earned, on seven hits in 5.2 innings on the mound. UNLV used a five-run fourth inning, part of a span of four-straight frames that the Rebels scored runs in, to springboard ahead for the non-conference win.
It was the first loss of the season for Maine (4-1), as starter Kevin Scanlan was charged with the loss after he gave up eight runs on nine hits in just four innings before giving way to the UM bullpen.
The Black Bears jumped out in front early, as they scored the first three runs of the game, two of them unearned, to grab a 3-1 lead after the first three innings of play.
Trailing by two runs heading into the bottom of the fourth, the Rebels scored five runs to move out in front, where they remained the rest of night.
Following three-straight singles off of Scanlan to load the bases, Michael Brenly singled as well to drive in a run and make it a one-run game. Scanlan struck out Ryan Thornton for the first out before Anthony Morel hit a two-run double down the left-field line, giving the Rebels their first lead of the game at 4-3. J.J. Sferra made it a two-run game with a sacrifice fly and then Morel scored on a wild pitch to cap the rally.
UM plated a run of its own in the top of the fifth but UNLV responded by scoring two in the bottom half and then another in the bottom of the sixth, all on sacrifice flies, for a 9-4 lead.
The Black Bears wouldn't go away, scoring three runs on three hits and a pair of errors in the top of the seventh to pull within two runs at 9-7. UNLV added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth and then UM scored once in the ninth to cap the game.
Nine different Rebels slapped at least one hit in the game, and Brenly and Morel each drove in two runs on the night. Myckie Ostrander led UM with four hits and he also scored three runs.
The two teams continue their series tomorrow, with Saturday's second game scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m. (PT). Sunday's game will be streamed live on the internet at while fans can follow all the last two games of the series live via Gametracker by going to www.unlvrebels.com.