Rebels Fall To No. 21 USD 5-4
March 24, 2007
LAS VEGAS - For the second straight day, the Rebel baseball team fell behind early and could not catch up as the No. 21 University of San Diego captured the series win with a 5-4 victory Saturday afternoon from Earl E. Wilson Stadium.
For the second day in a row, the Toreros jumped out on top quickly, scoring one run in the second inning and three more in the third inning. In the second, USD got a RBI single from Kevin Hanson which scored Daniel Magness from third.
Shane Buschini highlighted the three-run third inning for San Diego with a two-run double off the right-center wall. Jordan Abruzzo also had a RBI double in the inning for the Toreros.
UNLV struck for their first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth, as Calvin Beamon doubled down the right-field line to start the stanza. Freshman designated hitter Rance Roundy stepped to the plate and fought off a 1-2 fastball to right-center to score Beamon from second.
The Rebels cut the lead to two with a single run in the fifth inning. Ryan Kowalski reached on a fielder's choice, stole second base and moved to third base on a throwing error by Abruzzo. He scored a batter later on a infield single from shortstop Braden Walker.
San Diego came right back with a run of their own in the top of the sixth, as Justin Snyder came in on a RBI base hit from Jordan Abruzzo. The Rebels ended a threat though as catcher Michael Brenly tagged out Sean Nicol at the plate as he tried to score on a wild pitch.
UNLV chopped away at the Torero's lead in the eighth inning thanks to two runs off USD reliever Matt Couch. Willie Bowman led off with single up the middle, followed by a bunt single from Calvin Beamon. After pinch hitter Efren Navarro Jr. fouled out, senior Keith Smith single to left to score Bowman from second.
Chris Bonnell then singled to load the bases for Blake Gailen, who barely beat out a potential inning-ending double play for a fielder's choice to score the fourth Rebels run of the day.
The Rebels got outstanding relief outing from Kevin Skogley, who threw the last four innings allowing just one earned run, fanning four Torero hitters. UNLV starter Ryan Tabor took the loss, going five innings giving up four runs on 10 hits. Bowman and Beamon led UNLV (10-19) offensively with two hits apiece.
Sean Nicol was 4-5 for the Toreros, while Abruzzo, Synder and Luke Gelbrich all had two hits each. Jake Romanski worked seven innings to get the win for USD, and AJ Griffin worked the ninth to get his sixth save of the season.
UNLV and USD finish off the three-game set tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. Freshman Matt Hutchison will take to the hill for the Rebs, while the Toreros are still undecided on who will go Sunday.