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March 20, 2004

Box Score

PROVO, Utah - The UNLV baseball team used an eight-run eighth inning and six BYU errors to their advantage as they erased a 5-0 deficit and rallied to defeat the Cougars 12-6 on Saturday Afternoon. With the win, the Rebels improve to 15-7 on the year and 3-0 in MWC play. BYU falls to 10-19 overall, and 0-3 in the MWC.

BYU jumped out to an early 5-0 lead by putting up one run in each of the first three innings and two in the bottom of the fourth. Cougar shortstop Brandon Taylor hit his fifth home run of the season in the second inning, a solo shot to left field.

UNLV finally got on the scoreboard in the fifth inning on a 2 RBI double by senior center fielder Brent Johnson and an RBI single by senior second baseman Ryan Ruiz.

BYU answered back in the bottom of the fifth, getting an RBI double down the left line from right fielder Rob Itri to pull the score to 6-3.

The Rebels picked up a run in the top of the seventh when BYU pitcher Lance Beus walked Rebel catcher Justin Tellam with the bases loaded.

The flood gates opened in the eighth inning as the Rebels posted eight runs on a series of singles by Johnson, Ruiz, right fielder Eric Nielsen and designated hitter C.J. Ebarb.

Johnson finished the game 3-for-3 with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored, while Ruiz ended up 2-for-5 with 2 RBI and 1 run scored.

Senior Left fielder Andrew D'Angelo picked up 3 hits in the game while Ebarb added 2.

For the Cougars, Itri finished 2-for-4 with 2 RBI while Nathan Hess (2-3) was charged with the loss.

Closer Matt Minor (2-1) picked up the win for the Rebels in relief of starter David Seccombe and reliever Koji Pupo.



The Rebels will head to Cedar City, Utah on Tuesday for a single game against the Thunderbirds of Southern Utah before returning to Las Vegas to open the home portion of Mountain West Conference play against Air Force on Friday.

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