Rebels Drop One-Run Game To Jaspers
March 5, 2004
LAS VEGAS - The Rebels (8-6) couldn't take advantage of their opportunities as they left 12 runners on the bases in their 8-7 loss to the Jaspers of Manhattan College (3-1) on Friday night.
UNLV started off the scoring in the bottom of the first when senior second baseman Ryan Ruiz singled to center field scoring freshman left fielder Ryan Kowalski. Manhattan answered back with two runs in the top of the fourth and four more in the top of the fifth, to lead 6-1.
In the bottom of the fifth, UNLV responded with three back-to-back hits, including an RBI double by freshman catcher Justin Tellam, an RBI single up the middle by senior third baseman Brent Johnson and a single up the first base line by right fielder Eric Nielsen. With the bases loaded, Jasper pitcher walked designated hitter Ryan Bird, which allowed Johnson to score. The next batter, senior center fielder Andrew D'Angelo hit a fielder's choice ball for an RBI and pulled the rebels to within one at 5-6.
In the bottom of the seventh, Ryan Bird hit an RBI single up the right line and in the bottom of the eighth, Justin Tellam hit his second RBI double of the night, scoring Ryan Ruiz, making the final score 8-7.
Tellam finished the game 3-for-4 with 2 RBI, Ruiz added another RBI finishing 2-for-3, and Nielsen was 2-for-5. Starter David Seccombe (1-1) was charged with the loss for the Rebels, giving up 6 runs off of 6 hits in his four and one-third innings on the mound.
For the Jaspers, third baseman Nick Derba finished the night 2-for-4 with 3 RBI, while reliever Steve Bronder (1-0) picked up the win.
The two teams will meet again on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.