Rebels Rough Up Falcons|
March 27, 2004
LAS VEGAS - For the second day in a row, the UNLV baseball team (18-7) made short work of Air Force (5-21), defeating the Falcons 12-1 on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Rebels stay perfect in Mountain West Conference play at 5-0, while the Falcons fall to 0-5 in MWC play.
The Rebels started off the scoring in the third inning as they picked up five runs on four hits. Senior short stop Peter White picked up an RBI as his single to left field scored third baseman Ty Soto. Designated hitter C.J. Ebarb would score on a sac fly hit by center fielder Brent Johnson before Eric Nielsen was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, scoring White. Senior first baseman Eddie Gill's single up the middle drove in two more runs, and gave the Rebels an early 5-0 advantage.
Senior outfielder Andrew D'Angelo got things started in the fourth inning with a double down the left field line. D'Angelo would come around to score on an RBI single by second baseman Ryan Ruiz. Ruiz would score off of a wild pitch, giving the Rebels a 7-0 lead.
The Rebels added two more runs in the fifth, as Soto scored on a throwing error by Falcon catcher Jon Polston and Johnson hit an RBI single to left field, scoring Peter White.
Air Force found its way on to the scoreboard in the top of the sixth as Jason Brown scored run off of an error by Rebel shortstop Peter White.
The Rebels answered back in the bottom half of the inning, as Eric Nielsen hit his third home run of the season, launching a ball over the wall in left field. Back-to-back RBI singles by White and D'Angelo gave UNLV a 12-1 lead after six.
UNLV picked up another run in the bottom of the seventh, as Ryan Bird scored on an error by Falcon shortstop Nathan DeRohan.
The Falcons answered back in the top of the eighth as center fielder Josh Wofram would score on a sac fly hit by right fielder Travis Fugler, bringing the score to 13-2.
Peter White finished the game 3-for-4 with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored.
Starter Jake Vose had a solid outing as he went five and two-thirds innings, allowing just one unearned run off of three hits while striking out five and walking six. This was Vose's third win of the season, as he improved to 3-1 overall.
For the Falcons, second baseman Colton Walter was 2-for-5 while right fielder Travis Fugler finished 1-for-3 with 2 RBI. Starter Paul Vignola (1-5) was charged with the loss for the Falcons.
The two teams will play the series finale tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at Earl E. Wilson stadium. There will be no radio broadcast tomorrow, however gametracker will be available via www.unlvrebels.com.