Rebels Knock Back Manhattan
March 6, 2004
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV Rebels (9-6) had no problem avenging Friday night's loss as they handily defeated the Jaspers of Manhattan College (2-2) 14-1 on Saturday afternoon.
Jake Vose (3-1) continued his stellar pitching for the Rebels, earning a complete-game victory. Vose allowed just one unearned run off of six hits while walking two and striking out three.
UNLV started off the scoring in the first inning when senior second baseman Ryan Ruiz hit an RBI triple, his second of the year, which scored senior center fielder Andrew D'Angelo. Justin Tellam picked up an RBI later in the inning to give the Rebels the early 2-0 advantage.
Manhattan would pick up just one run in the top of the second as catcher Eric Fiero hit an RBI single to left field that scored left fielder Gary Diaz. From then on, it was all UNLV as the Rebels put up 13 runs over the next seven innings en route to the 14-1 victory.
UNLV had no trouble offensively, as 11 different players picked up hits for the Rebels, and 19 as a team. Andrew D'Angelo finished the game 4-for-5 with 3 RBI and 3 runs scored. Ryan Ruiz boosted his season average to .464 with a 4-for-5 performance, including 2 RBI and 2 runs scored.
Senior right fielder Eric Nielsen finished the game 2-for-5 with 1 RBI, while designated hitter Chris Bonnell, in just his fourth game of the season, finished 2-for-2 with 1 RBI. The Rebels also got 2 RBI each from freshman catcher Justin Tellam, senior shortstop Peter White and senior third baseman Brent Johnson.
For the Jaspers, right fielder Frank Capello finished the game 2-for-4 while Josh Santerre (1-1) was charged with the loss.
The two teams will play the series finale tomorrow at noon at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.