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Rebels Cruise To 8-2 Win

April 1, 2003

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CEDAR CITY, Utah - UNLV used a pair of big innings in sending Southern Utah's baseball team to its seventh-straight defeat, 8-2, on a windy Tuesday afternoon in Cedar City. With the win, the Rebels improve to 23-9, while the Thunderbirds fall to 7-11.

Rebel starter Giovanni Pupo (2-0) earned the win. He gave up one unearned run on three hits with three strikeouts in five innings.

Matt Wagner threw two innings, giving up one run on three hits with a strikeout. Ben Scheinbaum and Shane Clatterbuck combined to finish the game with an inning each. Neither gave up a hit.

SUU starter Wes Matthews (0-1) pitched seven strong innings despite the loss, allowing three earned runs on seven hits with three strikeouts.

UNLV broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the third inning on a pair of RBI-hits from Brent Johnson and Patrick Dobson. The Rebels tacked on another run in the fifth to lead 4-0 after a Fernando Valenzuela double scored Johnson.

The Rebels then put the game away with four runs in the eighth. Ryan Ruiz hit a two-run triple to right center to increase the lead to 8-2.

Johnson finished the game 2-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored. Ruiz went 1-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Valenzuela finished 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored.

Eric Nielsen extended his hitting streak to six games with a 1-for-4 effort. He also scored once.

UNLV hosts New Mexico for a three-game series beginning on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. Both the Rebels and Lobos hold a 7-2 mark in conference play this season.



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