Rebels Chase Away Cougars
April 12, 2004
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV baseball team moved back into a tie for first place in the Mountain West Conference with San Diego State, as they defeated BYU 11-5 on Saturday afternoon in the final game of the series. With the win, the Rebels improve to 22-11 on the year and 9-3 in the MWC. BYU falls to 14-24 and 4-7 in the MWC.
Again the Rebels had to come from behind to pick up the win, as the Cougars scored early, picking up two runs in the first inning on an RBI single by centerfielder Ryan Chambers and a wild pitch by UNLV's David Seccombe.
The Rebels picked up a run each in the bottom of the second and third to tie the game before going ahead in the fifth on a Peter White double down the right field line that scored Ryan Kowalski. White came around to score on a double steal as he took home when the Cougars attempted to throw out Brent Johnson. C.J. Ebarb also had an RBI single in the inning, giving the Rebels a 5-2 lead.
UNLV pulled away in the bottom of the seventh as the Rebels scored 6 runs off of 5 hits and one Cougar error. Ebarb had a 2 RBI single to left field while second baseman Ryan Ruiz, Kowalski, and White each picked up RBIs.
The Cougars threatened in the top of the eighth, as they scored three runs of five straight hits, but Rebel Reliever Koji Pupo was able to get out of a jam and secure the win for the Rebels.
Rebel Starter David Seccombe (5-1) continued to pitch well for the Rebels, picking up his fifth win of the season by giving up 5 runs off of 10 hits while walking 2 and striking out 7. Between the third and seventh innings, Seccombe retired 12 BYU batters in a row before tiring in the eighth.
Ebarb paced the Rebels, finishing 2-for5 with 3 RBI and 1 run scored. Brent Johnson, added three more hits to his record as he finished 3-for-5 with 3 runs scored. The Rebels also benefited as both shortstop Peter White and first baseman Eddie Gill finished 2-for-4. White picked up 2 RBI while Gill added one.
For the Cougars, designated hitter Rob Itri and right fielder Ben Saylor both finished the game 2-for-5 with one run scored. Starter Justin Su'a (2-2) was charged with the loss after giving up five runs on seven hits during his four innings on the mound.
The Rebels will take a break from Mountain West Conference play as they will host the University of Arizona for two midweek games on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday's game will be at 6:30 p.m., while Wednesday's has been moved to 3:00 p.m. to accommodate Arizona's travel schedule. Both games will be broadcast live on KSHP AM 1400.