UNLV Takes Series Finale
April 26, 2009
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - UNLV baseball put together another strong game at the plate and also got a fine outing on the mound in an 11-3 win over Air Force in the final of a three-game series Sunday at Falcon Field.
The Rebels pounded out 15 hits in reaching double-digits in runs for the second straight game and starter Jeff Urlaub (5-5), earned the win, allowing two runs on nine hits in eight innings of work. With the victory UNLV is now 22-21 overall and 7-8 in Mountain West Conference games, while Air Force fell to 14-26 overall and 3-9 in league play.
Ryan Thornton got the Rebels on the board in the first hitting, hitting a two-run home run to center field that brought home Bryan Resnick, who had singled with one out. That would be the only round tripper of the game for UNLV, which hit six yesterday in a 20-13 win over the Falcons.
The lead grew to 6-0 in the fourth inning when the Rebels used two singles and a hit batter to load the bases, bringing Brian Gilbertson to the plate, and he cleared the bags with a double to the gap in left center. Gilbertson then came around to score on a single by Chad Claus, pushing the UNLV to six runs, and all of the damage came off of starter Michael Ceci (1-2).
Air Force scored its first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single by Ben Ausbun, and then the two teams traded runs in the fifth inning, with the Rebels getting their tally on an RBI single by Jesse Wight.
J.J. Sferra hit a two-run triple in the sixth inning and Rance Roundy and Gilbertson collected run-scoring singles in the ninth to account for the rest of the Rebels' runs. UNLV had five players with at least two hits on the afternoon, led by Thornton's trio of base knocks, while Gilbertson drove in a career-high four runs.
UNLV returns home for a two-game, midweek series with Cal State Northridge that gets underway Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. (PT), and the game can be heard live on KSHP 1400 AM.