Go Johnny Go
March 3, 2004
LAS VEGAS - In a game that saw slipshod fielding and missed opportunities, UNLV (8-5) capitalized when it counted, and pulled out a late inning victory on Wednesday Night. Johnny Uriegas' two-out single in the bottom of the ninth propelled the Rebels to a come-from behind, 11-10 win over the Thunderbirds of Southern Utah (2-6).
Tied at nine runs apiece in the ninth inning, Thunderbird right fielder Amos Burgess took a fastball from UNLV closer Matt Minor deep over the wall in left field to give Southern Utah a one-run lead going into the bottom of the inning.
UNLV senior right fielder Eric Nielsen led off the ninth with a single to right center and then advanced to second as freshman catcher Justin Tellam grounded out to Southern Utah third baseman Darren Duckworth. Sophomore designated hitter Ryan Bird then popped up to first base, bringing the Rebels down to their last out.
With two down, senior center fielder Andrew D'Angelo popped a ball into shallow center that was misplayed by Thunderbird second baseman Charlie Hahl, allowing Nielsen to score the tying run and D'Angelo to advance to second base.
Johnny Uriegas, who had come into the game as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning was an unlikely hero, as D'Angelo scored the winning run on a ground ball single that Uriegas knocked into right field.
For Southern Utah, Burgess finished the game 2-for-5 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI. Reliever Ryan Zimmerman (0-1) was charged with the loss.
The Rebels will be back in action this Friday at 6:30 p.m. as they host the Jaspers of Manhattan college for a three game series.