March 7, 2004
LAS VEGAS - For the second day in a row, UNLV (10-6) received an unyielding performance on the mound as Matt Luca led the Rebels to their 10th win of the season, defeating the Jaspers of Manhattan College (3-3) 12-2 on Sunday afternoon.
In the bottom of the first, senior third baseman Brent Johnson doubled down the right field line to score freshman left fielder Ryan Kowalski. Freshman catcher Justin Tellam's sacrifice fly scored Johnson who had advanced to third on an error by Manhattan pitcher Ken Gleason, giving the Rebels the early 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third, three more Rebels would cross the plate as the Jasper defense yielded two errors and a wild pitch. UNLV tacked on one more run in the bottom of the sixth, as Ryan Kowalski would score on a balk by Manhattan pitcher Jesse Darcy, making the score 9-0.
Manhattan finally made it on to the scoreboard as they tacked on two runs in the top of the seventh off of a 2 RBI single by Gary Diaz. Those runs would be countered in the bottom half of the inning however, as the Rebels added three runs as senior right fielder Eric Nielsen scored off of a balk and Kowalski and senior shortstop Peter White each picked up RBIs for a 12-2 advantage.
For the Rebels, Kowalski finished the game 4-for-5 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI while D'Angelo ended up 3-for-4 with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI.
Matt Luca (3-0) picked his third win of the season, going 7.0 innings, striking out 6 and walking only one.
For the Jaspers, Gleason (0-1) was charged with the loss, while Diaz finished the game 1-for-4 with 2 RBI.
The Rebels will be back in action next weekend, as they will host Central Michigan for a three game series beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.