Skogley Simply Sensational|
May 6, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - UNLV baseball rode the arm of big left hander Kevin Skogley, as he tied a school record with 15 strikeouts in the Rebels' 6-1 win over San Diego State on Sunday afternoon at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
Skogley (2-4) went the distance for the second consecutive start, allowing just one run on seven hits and two walks to propel the Rebels to a sweep of the Aztecs in the three-game series. Skogley also worked all nine innings against Utah last Sunday in an 8-3 win.
It was the Rebels' fourth-straight win as they moved to 18-31 overall and 7-11 in MWC play while SDSU dropped its eighth-straight game and is now 27-25, 11-10 in conference games. The three-game sweep was the first of the season for the Rebels against an opponent and the four-game winning streak matches UNLV's 2007 season high.
Skogley struck out at least two batters in the first five innings of Sunday's game, including three Aztecs in the second to rack up 11 strikeouts over the first 15 outs of the game. After collecting single strikeouts over the next three innings, Skogley entered the ninth needing one more to tie the UNLV record and two to break it.
Skogley got Brandon Glover looking to open the final frame to tie the Rebel mark and then got Josh Chasse to pop to second for the second out of the inning. Following a single by Matt Parker the game ended on a fielder's choice ground out by Brian Lucas.
Prior to his sensational outing on Sunday, a total of five Rebel pitchers had reached the 15-strikeout plateau seven times before Skogley, most recently Ryan Olson, who accomplished the feat against Utah on April 20, 2000. The 15 strikeouts by Skogley and Olson are also the second-most in a single game in MWC history. The league record is 17, set by Marcos Mendoza of San Diego State against New Mexico on April 20, 2001.
Despite the efforts of Skogley, who struck out the most batters by a MWC pitcher this season, the Rebels were actually down 1-0 heading into the fifth but pushed five runs across the plate to go up 5-1.
Rance Roundy led of the inning with a single and after Willie Bowman drew a walk off of SDSU starter Lance Sewell to put two on, Roundy scored on an error to tie the game at one. Braden Walker then drew a walk to load the bases but Sewell struck out Calvin Beamon for the second out of the inning, bring Ryan Kowalski to the plate. The senior delivered in the clutch, hitting a two-run double to give the Rebels the lead for good at 3-1.
That hit chased Sewell (5-5), who was charged with the loss, and the Rebels would get two more runs in the frame on a single by Keith Smith and then an error for a 5-1 lead. UNLV added another run in the sixth on an RBI single by Walker for the final 6-1 margin.
Kowalski finished the game going 2-for-5 with the two RBI and a run scored while Roundy and Walker also had a pair of hits on the afternoon for UNLV, which had eight in the game.
UNLV will finish up the road portion of its schedule with a three-game series at New Mexico with it set to get underway at Isotopes Park on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. (PT).