Rebel Ace Downs Falcons
May 1, 2004
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Aided by a masterful piece of pitching by senior right-hander David Seccombe, the UNLV Baseball team (26-16, 13-5 MWC) rallied to defeat Air Force (5-31, 0-12 MWC) 4-2 in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.
Seccombe, who threw a complete-game three-hitter without allowing an extra base hit, yielded just two runs (one earned) in the contest. Seccombe also picked up six strikeouts while walking only one Falcon batter.
The Falcons struck first, scoring two runs in the top of the first on an error by Rebel second baseman Ryan Kowalski, and a RBI single to left center by right fielder Travis Fugler.
From then on, Seccombe and the Rebel defense shut down the Falcons and kept them off of the scoreboard. In a stretch that lasted between the first and eighth innings, Seccombe retired twenty Falcon batters in a row, a streak that lasted until the bottom of the eighth, where it was snapped by Nathan DeRohan's single through the left side.
Left fielder Andrew D'Angelo scored the go ahead run for the Rebels in the top of the sixth on an RBI fielder's choice ball hit by Ross. Zeke Parraz added an insurance run as he came home on a wild pitch by Falcon reliever Blake Nixon, making the final score 4-2.
Parraz finished the game a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored. Nielsen was 3-for-4 with one RBI while Ross was 1-for-4 with 2 RBI. With the win, Seccombe improves to 7-1 on the season and a perfect 5-0 in conference.
For the Falcons, Fugler was 1-for-4 with an RBI while DeRohan finished 1-for3. Starter Clayton Couch (2-4) was charged with the loss.