Scruggs Seals It For Rebels|
April 15, 2008
LAS VEGAS - When the game got close, Xavier Scruggs was at his best, drilling a home run to help propel UNLV to a 9-8 win over Texas Tech on a blustery Tuesday night at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.
With the Rebels clinging to a one-run lead, Scruggs led off the seventh inning with a screamer over the right-field fence that made it an 8-6 lead. UNLV would add one more in the inning on an RBI single by Rance Roundy to move the score to 9-6.
UNLV improved to 15-19, with Troy Watson earning the win, giving up one run on one hit over 2.1 innings of relief, while Adam Moser came in and got the final out for his fifth save. Texas Tech dropped to 17-20 overall, with starter Lorenzo Douglas (2-1) taking the loss, as he gave up seven runs on five hits in just 1.2 innings on the mound.
Texas Tech made things interesting in the ninth, scoring two runs in the ninth and putting runners on second and third before Moser got a ground out to end the game. That sent the brave few souls who stayed for the entire game home happy, as the vast majority of the 358 fans left as winds constantly blew at about 30 MPH, with gusts of up to 40.
The Rebels jumped out to an early 7-2 lead, taking advantage of the windy conditions and using the long ball early against the Red Raiders.
In the opening inning the first five batters for UNLV reached safely and the first run of the game was an RBI single by Braden Walker with the bases loaded. Michael Brenly was the next batter and he lofted a fly ball to right field that the wind pushed over the wall for a grand slam and a 5-1 Rebel lead. It was the first home run of the season for Brenly.
The lead grew two six runs in the second inning as J.J. Sferra hit a one-out single and then Scruggs drilled a home run over the right-field wall off of TTU starter Lorenzo Douglas. It was the start of a big night for Scruggs, who would later tack on his second home run of the game in the seventh, giving him a Mountain West Conference-leading 11 round trippers on the year.
Despite falling behind by six runs just two innings into the game, TTU didn't fold and slowly chipped away at the lead, scoring single runs in third and fourth and two in the fifth to make it a 7-5 game. The Red Raiders then made it a one-run game in the top of the seventh on an RBI single by Monk Kreder off of Watson.
UNLV responded after the crowd stretched, scoring two runs to push the lead back to three, which would prove to be big as TTU tried to rally late.
UNLV and TTU wrap up their short series tomorrow, with the first pitch at Earl E. Wilson Stadium set for 1:00 p.m. (PT). All tickets to the game between the Rebels and Red Raiders are just $1.