Rebels Upend Air Force 7-5
May 1, 2004
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Junior right fielder Eric Nielsen's two-out grand slam in the fifth inning propelled the UNLV baseball team (27-16, 14-5 MWC) past Air Force (5-32, 0-13 MWC) 7-5 in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader.
Air Force's Karl Bolt tied the game up with one swing of the bat as hit a homer to left center in the bottom of the fourth, his third of the year.
With two out and the bases loaded in the top of the fifth, Nielsen put the Rebels up for good as he took the first pitch from Falcon pitcher Mitch Brown deep over the wall in right field, his sixth of the season.
In the bottom half of the inning, Air Force designated hitter Jonathan Stralka hit his first home run of the season and brought the score to 5-2, a solo shot to center field.
Leading 6-5 after six innings, Rebel third baseman Zeke Parraz added an insurance run as he hit a solo shot home run to right field, also his second of the year.
Rebel starter Jake Vose (7-3) went six innings to earn the win, allowing three earned runs on seven hits while walking three and picking up seven strikeouts. Lefthander Ben Schienbaum earned his second save of the season, allowing two runs no three hits while striking out three and walking two in three innings on the mound.
For the Rebels, Bird finished a perfect 3-for-3 with three runs scored, while Parraz was 3-for-4 with 1 RBI, making him 6-for-7 on the day. Nielsen finished the game 1-for-4.
Bolt paced the Falcons with a 2-for-5 performance at the plate, scoring twice while also driving in a run. Second baseman Colton Walter and right fielder Zach Reimer both finished 2-for-3 while starter Mitch Brown (0-4) was charged with the loss.
The two teams will meet again in the series finale tomorrow morning at 11:30 a.m. Internet gametracker will be available at www.unlvrebels.com.