UNLV Miscues Costly In 7-3 Loss To UC Riverside|
April 5, 2005
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - UNLV had its three-game winning streak snapped Tuesday night, dropping a 7-3 non-conference game to UC Riverside at the Riverside Sports Complex.
Defensive lapses led to the Rebels downfall as they committed six errors that led to four unearned runs, including three in a five-run fourth inning when UCR grabbed a 6-2 lead.
UNLV fell to 14-19 with the loss and Wayne Foltin, who worked the pivotal fourth inning, was credited with the defeat and saw his record fall to 0-2. The Highlanders snapped a four-game losing streak with the win and improved to 13-15. Marc Rzepczynski (1-0) came out of the bullpen and worked five innings to collect his first victory of the season.
UCR scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Matt Cunningham.
In the second inning UNLV sophomore catcher Justin Tellam hit his eighth home run of the season, a solo shot that tied the game at one. The Rebels then grabbed the lead in the third inning on back-to-back doubles by JC Sibley and Zeke Parraz, making the score 2-1.
In the fourth inning though the Rebels fell apart defensively, committing two costly errors that led to three unearned runs.
Foltin came in to pitch for starter Efren Navarro Jr., and after giving up a double, CJ Lang committed the first of two UNLV errors by the second baseman in the inning, opening the door for the Highlanders.
A single by Kyle Barrett followed Lang's first error, scoring one and then Lang dropped the ball after covering second, allowing another run to score. UCR added two more runs on singles and then got another run on a bases-loaded groundout that made the score 6-2.
UNLV added a run in the fifth as Sibley scored on an error and UCR capped the scoring by plating a run in the eighth on another Rebel error.
The Rebels return home for a three-game series against Mountain West Conference foe BYU beginning Thursday at 6:30 p.m. (PT) at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The Cougars and the Rebels are currently tied for first in the league with 8-1 records.