Rebels Split Doubleheader
May 15, 2004
LAS VEGAS - UNLV split a doubleheader with Utah on Saturday at Earl E. Wilson Stadium with a 19-5 victory in game one and an 11-7 loss in game two.
In the first game, Eric Nielsen led the way for UNLV as he was 4-for-6 with two home runs, a double and a single with five RBI. Brent Johnson added a 3-for-5 performance with three singles and a walk, while Eddie Gill was the only other Rebel to hit a homerun as he was 2-for-2 with a walk and three RBI. Ryan Bird added three RBI as he was 2-for-4.
UNLV opened the game with a three-run first inning which included a two-run homer from Nielsen. After Utah scored two runs in the top of the third inning, the Rebels responded with four in the bottom.
Leading 7-4 heading into the bottom of the fifth, UNLV exploded for eight runs in its half on six hits to take a commanding 15-4 advantage. UNLV added one run in the sixth, two in the seventh and three in the eighth, while Utah managed only one run after the fifth inning.
The Rebels battered Utah starting pitcher Doug Mackay (4-7) for 12 runs on 11 hits in only 4.1 innings (10 of UNLV's runs were earned).
Jake Vose (9-3) pitched five innings for UNLV to earn the win, giving up four runs on six hits. Only two runs off Vose were earned. Kyle Tabeck finished off the Utes with four complete innings, only giving up one run on one hit.
UNLV totaled 19 hits for the game, while the Utes managed seven hits.
In the nightcap, Utah (21-30, 11-15 MWC) burst out to a 9-0 first-inning lead. UNLV starter Matt Minor (3-2) lasted only two-thirds of an inning picking up the loss, giving up all nine runs on seven hits. UNLV committed two errors during the inning and only three of Utah's first-inning runs were earned.
Utah sent 15 batters to the plate in the first inning.
UNLV (31-20, 18-8 MWC) got on the scoreboard in the fifth inning after a two-run Bird homer. Peter White then hit a three-run shot of his own to cut the UNLV deficit to 9-5.
UNLV added two runs in the eighth to cut the score to 9-7 on a Johnson double and Bird RBI ground out. With runners on the corners, Johnny Uriegas struck out looking to end the inning.
In Utah's eighth, Matt Ciaramella and Eric Chevalier hit back-to-back solo homers to give Utah its 10th and 11th runs of the game.
Matt Wagner came in for UNLV with two outs in the first and lasted seven innings giving up seven hits, two runs, had no walks and struck out three batters.
Utah recorded 14 hits for the game, while UNLV tallied 12.
Ben Buck (6-2) earned the win for the Utes.
The second game of the doubleheader was made-up from a rainout in Salt Lake City earlier this season and had Utah as the home team even though the game was played in Las Vegas.
UNLV and Utah will conclude its four-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.