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Rebels Can't Find High Land Against UCR

May 4, 2004

Box Score

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The Southern California road woes continued for the UNLV baseball team (28-17) as they fell 7-4 to the Highlanders of UC Riverside (30-1) on Tuesday night.

The Rebels jumped on top early as they scored three runs in the top of the first off of three RBI singles by junior third baseman Zeke Parraz, catcher C.J. Ebarb, and designated hitter Ryan Bird.

Riverside was quick to answer back as they pounded in five runs in the bottom half of the inning, as they shelled UNLV starter Matt Wagner, and received RBI's from Tony Fiesta, Nick Salotti, Louie Hernandez, and Aaron Grant.

The Highlanders tacked on a run in the bottom of the fifth, as left fielder Matt Cunningham homered to left field, and another in the bottom of the seventh as Festa hit an RBI single to right field, pushing the score to 7-3.

The Rebels picked up a run in the top of the ninth as right fielder Eric Nielsen singled to right field, scoring left fielder Johnny Uriegas. The Rebel rally would come up short however, as Rebel first baseman Eddie Gill hit into a double play to end the game.

For the Rebels, Nielsen finished 3-for-5 with an RBI while Ebarb and Gill both finished 2-for-4. Wagner (2-4) was charged with the loss.

Reliever Chad Decker (1-1) picked up the win, while Festa finished the game 2-for-4 with 2 RBI.

The Rebels will be back in action this weekend as they host Mountain West Conference rival San Diego State in a three-game series that begins on Friday.



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