UNLV Bats Chilly In Loss To Cal|
March 10, 2006
LAS VEGAS - UNLV baseball could not get going offensively on a chilly Friday evening, getting just six hits in a 5-1 loss against visiting California in front of 312 fans at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.
Golden Bear starter Brandon Morrow (3-0) worked a complete game to lead Cal, striking out seven and walking three as the Golden Bears improved to 9-6 on the season. Rebel starter Chris Saddoris took the loss, working six innings and giving up three runs on eight hits. UNLV dropped to 7-11 on the year and are 6-4 on its current 12-game homestand.
In a game that saw the temperature hover around 40 degrees throughout the night, UNLV scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the second inning. CJ Lang led off the inning with a single to center and then designated hitter Chad Miller laced a double to the gap in right center, scoring Lang and giving the Rebels a 1-0 advantage.
That would be all that the Rebels would get off of Morrow though, as he limited UNLV to just three singles the rest of the way.
Saddoris was pitching well through three innings before he quickly ran into trouble in the fourth.
He gave up a lead-off single to Brennan Boesch and then Chris Errecart gave Cal the lead for good, taking a Saddoris pitch over the left-field wall for a 2-1 Golden Bear advantage. Cal put another run on the board in the frame when Allen Craig drew a bases-loaded walk that made the score 3-1.
Saddoris got a force out to get out of that inning without allowing any more runs and pitch two more solid innings, keeping UNLV within striking distance. However the Rebels only had one runner reach second base until the ninth inning against Morrow.
Cal added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth inning off of reliever Eric Brock, who gave up a two-out, two-run single to Taylor Grigsby, pushing the Cal lead to 5-1. The runs were charged to Koji Pupo, who had loaded the bases before being relieved by Brock.
UNLV had a threat in the ninth inning, getting two runners on with two out but Morrow struck out Rebel pinch-hitter Xavier Scruggs to end the game.
Lang and Miller each had two hits for the Rebels while Garrett Bussiere led Cal with three base hits.
UNLV and Cal continue their three-game series Saturday, with the first pitch slated for 2:00 p.m. (PST) at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. Rebel left hander Kevin Skogley (0-1, 4.67 ERA) will take the mound and he will face Cal right-hander Tyson Ross (3-1, 2.84 ERA).