Rebels Squeak Past Lobos
April 23, 2004
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV Rebel baseball (25-14, 12-3 MWC)team scored five runs in the seventh and eighth innings to come from behind to defeat New Mexico (15-20-1, 11-5 MWC) 5-4 on Friday night. The win marks the 12th time this season that the Rebels have come from behind to secure a win.
New Mexico scored first in the fourth inning as shortstop Josh Mader scored on a defensive error by UNLV right fielder Eric Nielsen. The Lobos added the second run as right fielder Sean Murray grounded out, driving in designated hitter Joe Salas.
New Mexico got a good start from right-hander Jason Fernandez, as he went six and one-third innings, allowing three runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out five.
The Rebels finally made it on the scoreboard in the seventh, as left fielder Andrew D'Angelo drove in first baseman Eddie Gill. The Rebels then tied up the game as Brad Ross' infield single drove in scored designated hitter C.J. Ebarb. Johnny Uriegas' single through the left side scored D'Angelo and gave the Rebels a 3-2 lead.
UNLV took advantage of three Lobo errors in the bottom of the eighth, as they added a run as Nielsen scored on a throwing error by Lobo pitcher Petr Pacas.
UNLV benefited from starter David Seccombe's outstanding start. The senior right-hander threw seven and one-third innings, allowing just two runs on six hits while walking just one and striking out ten. Rebel third baseman Ty Soto scored on an error by Mader to give the Rebels a 5-2 lead.
New Mexico rallied in the top of the ninth as they picked up two runs on a 2 RBI single by second baseman Ryan Barba. With two outs, center fielder Matt Young singled to right field, advancing the tying run to third base, but was gunned down on a bullet throw by Rebel right fielder Eric Nielsen while trying to advance to second, ending the game.
For the Rebels, both Gill and D'Angelo finished 2-for-3, while D'Angelo, Ross and Uriegas each picked up an RBI. Seccombe (6-1) picked up the win and reliever Ben Schienbaum earned his first save of the year.
For the Lobos, Barba was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI while Mader was also 2-for-4. Fernandez (4-4) was charged with the loss.
The two teams will meet again tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 p.m. as Rebel left-hander Jake Vose will face Lobo southpaw Danny Ray Herrera. The game will be broadcast live on KSHP 1400 AM.