Rebel Resurgence Thwarts Chippewa Attack
March 13, 2004
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV baseball team (12-6) rallied from a 7-0 deficit to defeat the Chippewas of Central Michigan (3-7) 14-7 on Saturday afternoon.
Senior lefthander Jake Vose got off to a rocky start, as he gave up six earned runs in his three and one-third innings on the mound. Vose allowed ten hits while waking two and striking out three.
Trailing 7-0 after five and one-half innings, the Rebel bats finally came alive in the bottom of the fifth, as they put up five runs off of a Peter White RBI single and back-to-back 2 RBI singles by center fielder Brent Johnson and second baseman Ryan Ruiz.
The bottom of the sixth saw more offensive productions by the Rebels, as White gave the UNLV an 8-7 lead by launching a ball over the fence in right field for a three-run homerun, his fourth of the year. Later in the inning, catcher Justin Tellam's 2 RBI single gave the Rebels a 10-7 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Rebels picked up two more runs as Jeff Opalewski and Mark Lundquist both walked in bases-loaded runs. Eric Nielsen's two-out single to right field drove in two more runs and gave the Rebels a 14-7 advantage.
Matt Wagner (2-0) picked up the win in relief, pitching three and two-thirds innings, giving up just one run off of four hits while both striking out and walking one Chippewa batter.
Shortstop Peter White led the Rebels offensively, finishing the game 2-for-4 with 4 RBI and a home run. Brent Johnson was 3-for-4 with 3 RBI, while Eric Nielsen, Justin Tellam and Ryan Ruiz each added 2 RBIs.
For the Chippewas, both third baseman Jim Geldhof and designated hitter Dan Griesbaum finished the game 2-for-5 with 2 RBI. Starter Jayson Ruhlman (1-1) was charged with the loss.
The two teams will play the series finale tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on KSHP AM 1400.