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Rebels Grab 8-6 Victory In Series Opener

Eric Nielsen hit his tenth homerun of the seaon on Friday.

Eric Nielsen hit his tenth homerun of the seaon on Friday.

May 14, 2004

Box Score

LAS VEGAS - Junior Right fielder hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth to propel the UNLV baseball team (30-19, 17-7 MWC) to a 8-6 victory over the University of Utah (20-29, 10-14 MWC) in the series opener on Friday night.

The Utes struck first in the top of the second as designated hitter Tyson Olsen scored on a throwing error by Rebel catcher Brad Ross.

UNLV answered back in the bottom half of the inning on a 2 RBI double by designated hitter Ty Soto. The Rebels added another run in the third, as left fielder Andrew D?Angelo scored on a sacrifice fly by shortstop Peter White.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Rebels scored on an RBI single by D?Angelo and then added three more as Nielsen launched a towering three-run shot over the wall in left center, his tenth of the year, making the score 7-1.

Both teams added a run in the seventh, Utah?s coming on an RBI single by catcher Nate Schlieman while the Rebels scored on a sac fly ball hit by Nielsen, making the score 8-2.

Utah rallied in the ninth, picking up a run on a sacrifice fly by Matt Ciaramella and three more on a double to center field by Jared Pena, pushing the score to 8-6, but UNLV reliever Ben Schienbaum got Olsen to strike out, earning his third save of the season.

For the Rebels, Nielsen was 1-for-3 with 4 RBI while D?Angelo was 2-for-3 with a run batted in. Soto finished 1-for-4 with 2 RBI

The Rebels got a great start by right-hander David Seccombe (8-2), who went seven innings, allowing two runs, one earned, while walking three and striking out six in the win.

For the Utes, Pena was 3-for-4 with 4 RBI while starter Jason Price (3-8) was charged with the loss.

The two teams will face off in a doubleheader tomorrow, with the first game beginning at 2:00 p.m., and the second to begin approximately thirty minutes after the conclusion of game one. Both games will be broadcast live on KSHP 1400 AM.

 

 

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