Rebels Cruise Past Aztecs|
May 8, 2004
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV baseball team used a seven-run fifth inning as they cruised to a 18-11 victory over the Aztecs of San Diego State on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Rebels stay atop the Mountain West Conference standings at 29-18 overall and 16-6 in conference. The Aztecs fall to 26-26 overall and 13-7 in the MWC.
The Rebels jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead as they put up three runs in the first and four runs in the bottom of the second. Designated hitter Ryan Bird drove in two runs in the first with a single to left field, and Senior left fielder Andrew D'Angelo led off the second with a home run over the wall in left, his fifth of the season.
Leading 7-3 in the fifth, the Rebels gave themselves a cushion as they added seven runs in the bottom half of the inning. In the inning, Eddie Gill drove in a run with a double to center field, and center fielder Brent Johnson drove in two more with a single up the middle.
The Rebels got a good start from southpaw Jake Vose, who threw six innings, giving up five earned runs on eleven hits while walking one and striking out four. With the win, Vose improved to 8-3 on the season and 5-2 in conference games.
Johnson paced the Rebels, finishing 3-for-5 with three RBI and four runs scored. Bird was 2-for-4 with four RBI and one run scored while third baseman Zeke Parraz was and sophomore Peter White were both 2-for-3.
For the Aztecs, right fielder Jake Mclintock was a perfect 5-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored while center fielder Landon Burt was 3-for-4 with one RBI and three runs scored and designated hitter Brock Ungricht was also 3-for-5. Starter Daryl Harang (4-5) was charged with the loss after allowing seven runs on six hits during his two innings on the mound.
The two teams will play the series finale Sunday at noon, in a game that was moved up an hour to accommodate the Aztecs travel schedule