Rebels Stranded On Sunday
May 9, 2004
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV baseball team (29-19, 16-7 MWC) struggled from the start, and stranded fourteen runners on the bases, falling 14-8 to the Aztecs of San Diego State (27-26, 14-7 MWC) on Sunday afternoon. Despite the loss, the Rebels remain atop the Mountain West Conference standings while the Aztecs move into second place with the win.
The Aztecs jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead after the first inning that would prove insurmountable, as the Rebels could get no closer than four runs as SDSU held on for the victory.
Rebel starter Matt Luca (5-5), who was charged with the loss, got off to a rocky start as he allowed seven runs on six hits in four and one-third innings on the mound, striking out four and walking three.
Freshman catcher Justin Tellam, gave the Rebels a bit of an offensive spark in his first game back after an injury, as he knocked a two-run shot over the wall in left field, his third of the season.
Aztec right fielder Jake Mcklintock continued his stellar weekend at the plate, finishing 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI. Starter Bruce Billings (4-1) earned the win, throwing five and one-third innings, allowing three runs on nine hits while both walking and striking out three.
Tellam finished the game 1-for-4 with 2 RBI while both first baseman Eddie Gill and right fielder Eric Nielsen were 3-for-5. Shortstop Peter White was 2-for-4 with two RBI while Left fielder Andrew D'Angelo and second baseman Ryan Kowalski each drove in a run for the Rebels.
The Rebels will conclude the home portion of their season as they host Mountain West Conference foe Utah for four games next weekend. Friday's game will start at 6:30 p.m., Saturday's doubleheader will begin at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday's finale will begin at 1:00 p.m.