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Rebel Resurgence Thwarts Chippewa Attack

Peter White hit his fourth home run of the year on Saturday.

Peter White hit his fourth home run of the year on Saturday.

March 13, 2004

Box Score

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.

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