Vose & Co. Vanquish Utes|
April 17, 2004
SALT LAKE CITY - Spurred by starter Jake Vose's brilliant pitching performance, the UNLV baseball team (24-13, 11-3 WMC) scored four runs in the first inning, and never looked back as they cruised to a 15-2 victory over the University of Utah (10-21, 3-9 MWC) on Saturday afternoon at Franklin Covey Field.
Vose (6-2) picked up his sixth win of the season, giving up just one run on four hits wile walking four and striking out four in eight innings on the mound.
The Rebels put an exclamation point on the game in the ninth inning as they posted seven runs on four hits. UNLV led off the inning with back-to-back home runs by sophomore first baseman Chris Bonnell and junior third baseman Ty Soto. For Bonnell, it was his first home run of the year, while Soto's shot was his second. Junior right fielder Eric Nielsen added a home run of his own, a three-run blast over the center field wall, his fourth of the season.
In the bottom half of the inning, Utah senior Nate Schlieman took a pitch from Rebel reliever Jason Guerra deep over the wall in right field, his first of the season. That would be the extent of the scoring however, as Guerra kept the Utes scoreless the rest of the way to secure the win for the Rebels.
Senior shortstop Peter White led the Rebels offensively, finishing 2-for-5 with 4 RBI while Nielsen finished 2-for-6 with 3 RBI.
For the Utes, second baseman Jared Pena finished 2-for-3 while righthander Doug Mackay (2-5) was charged with the loss.
The two teams will play the series finale tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. (PST), as Rebel righthander David Seccombe (5-2) will face Utah righthander Ben Buck (1-1). The game will be broadcast live on KSHP 1400 AM and via Internet gametracker at www.unlvrebels.com.