Rebels Survive Salt Lake Slugfest
April 16, 2004
SALT LAKE CITY - Despite trailing 11-4 after three innings, the UNLV Baseball team (23-13, 10-3 MWC) rallied to defeat the University of Utah (10-20, 3-8 MWC) 19-14 in ten innings on Friday night. The two teams combined for 36 runs on 40 hits and 3 home runs in a game that lasted just over four hours.
UNLV starter Matt Luca got off to a rocky start as he gave up nine runs (five earned) off of six hits in just two innings on the mound. Freshman Reliever Koji Pupo didn't have much more luck, as the southpaw allowed two runs on two hits without recording an out.
Trailing 13-10 in the ninth inning, the Rebels pulled the game even at thirteen all as they scored three runs on an RBI double down the left field line by freshman second baseman Ryan Kowalski, a sacrifice fly by senior shortstop Peter White and an RBI single to center field by junior third baseman Ty Soto.
The Utes added pulled ahead 14-13 in the bottom of the ninth as shortstop Ryan Khoury scored on a sacrifice fly hit by centerfielder Matt Ciaramella.
The top of the tenth inning saw the UNLV offense at it's most productive as the Rebels posted five runs on five hits and one Utah error. The Rebels benefited from a 2 RBI single to right field by senior center fielder Brent Johnson, an RBI single by junior right fielder Eric Nielsen and a costly two-run error by Utah left fielder Tyler Kay.
Utah attempted to come back in the bottom half of the inning, scoring three runs on a two-run home run to right field by second baseman Jared Pena, his third of the year, and an RBI single up the middle by Ciaramella. The rally would come up short as Rebel closer Matt Minor got Utah's Chevalier to fly out to right field, ending the game.
Brent Johnson led both teams with four hits, finishing 4-for-7 with 3 runs scored and 5 RBI. Soto and White both finished the game 3-for-6 with 3 RBI while Kowalski, Nielsen, and left fielder D'Angelo each drove in two runs for the Rebels.
D'Angelo hit his second home run of the year as he launched a solo shot over the wall in center field in the sixth inning.
Senior lefthander Ben Schienbaum (3-3) picked up the win for the Rebels in relief, allowing just one earned run off of two hits in his three innings on the mound.
For the Utes, Ciaramella finished 3-for-5 with one 5 RBI and one run scored. Chevalier added 4 RBI of his own while Pena drove in two. Reliever Clay Westmoreland (2-4) was charged with the loss.
The two teams will square off again tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 p.m. (PST) as Rebel lefthander Jake Vose (5-2) will face Utah righthander Doug Mackay (2-4). The game will be broadcast live on KSHP AM 1400 and via Internet gametracker at www.unlvrebels.com.