Rebels Fall Short Against Wildcats|
April 14, 2004
LAS VEGAS - For the second day in a row, the UNLV baseball team (22-13, 9-3 MWC) struggled in the late innings as they fell to the University of Arizona (18-14-1, 5-4 Pac-10) 10-9 on Wednesday afternoon.
The Wildcats answered back in the top of the third as third baseman Brad Boyer, right fielder Jeff Van Houten, and first baseman Jordan Brown had back-to-back RBI singles, pulling Arizona ahead 3-2.
The Rebels added a run in the bottom half of the inning as second baseman Ryan Kowalski came around to score on a wild pitch by Arizona starter Kevin Guyette.
Soto pulled the Rebels ahead 5-3 in the bottom of the fourth as he blasted a two-run shot over the wall in center field, his first of the year.
UNLV started to pull away in the fifth inning as the Rebels put up four runs on four hits. Brad Ross was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, Gill had a 2 RBI single up the middle and Soto drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to right field.
In the top of the sixth, Jordan Brown hit a long ball of his own as he knocked a solo shot over the wall in right field, his third of the year. The Wildcats added another run as catcher Nick Hundley hit an RBI single to right field, bringing the score to 9-5.
Arizona came rallied in the seventh as they picked up two more runs as Brown and catcher Richard Mercado both had RBI singles, moving the Wildcats to within two at 9-7.
The Wildcats took the lead in the eighth as they got 3 runs on a RBI single by Moises Duran, an RBI double by John Hardy and a RBI single by Van Houten, bringing the score to 10-9.
Ty Soto was a bright spot for the Rebels as he finished 2-for-4 with 5 RBI. Eddie Gill was 3-for-4 with 2 RBI while Ryan Kowalski added two hits.
For the Wildcats, Brown finished the game 3-for-5 with 3 RBI while Van Houten was 2-for5 with 2 RBI. Starter Kevin Guyette (5-4) earned the win and closer Derek Rodriguez picked up his sixth save of the year.
The Rebels got a strong start from righthander Matt Wagner who threw five and one-third innings, giving up five runs off of eight hits while striking out three and walking two. Ben Schienbaum (5-4), pitched in relief was charged with the loss.
UNLV will be back in action on Friday as they resume Mountain West Conference play with a three game series against Utah in Salt Lake City.