Singles, Strong Pitching Sends UNLV To 3-2 Win
March 1, 2005
IRVINE, Calif. - UNLV pitching threw eight scoreless innings and the Rebels scored two of their three runs on RBI singles to beat UC Irvine 3-2 at Anteater Ballpark on Tuesday night.
UNLV improved to 3-10, snapping a two-game losing streak. The Anteaters lost their fourth straight game and fell to 6-6. Kyle Tabeek didn't allow a hit and struck out two in 2.1 scoreless innings of work to earn his second win of the season, improving to 2-0.
Tabeek relieved starter Efren Navarro Jr., who pitched 4.2 innings of scoreless baseball. Derek Rodriguez earned his first save as a Rebel, getting the final four outs of the game to preserve the win after UC Irvine was threatening to tie the game in the late innings. Steve Schroer (0-2) took the loss for the Anteaters.
Normally a starter for the Rebels, the right-handed Rodriguez entered the game in the bottom the eighth inning with runners on the corners and UNLV clinging to a 3-2 lead. Rodriguez got UCI right fielder David Kennedy to fly out to end the threat in the eighth and then got a fly out and a double play to end the game.
After being blanked in their previous outing, the Rebels scored two runs in the top of the first to open the game.
CJ Lang led off the game with a single, and after being moved over to second on a ground out, he scored on a single Ryan Bird. A balk moved Bird and then an infield single by Chris Bonnell followed by walk of Navarro Jr. loaded the bases, bringing up Albert Zerega. Schroer then walked his second batter of the inning, bringing in Bird, giving the Rebels a 2-0 lead.
UNLV added another run in the top of the fifth which proved to be the difference in the game.
Ryan Kowalski singled to start the inning, moved to second on a passed ball then advanced to third on a sacrifice ground ball. Fry then worked the count full before knocking a single into right field, scoring Kowalski.
UCI broke through in the eighth, scoring two runs with two outs on RBI singles by Jaime Martinez and Tim Stewart to make the score 3-2. Rodriguez came in though to thwart the rally.
UNLV will be looking for its first winning streak 2005 as it returns home for a three-game series against Florida Atlantic this weekend, with the first game of set for Friday at 6:30 p.m. (PST) at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.