Home Run Derby
May 16, 2004
LAS VEGAS - Eric Nielsen hit two three-run home runs in consecutive at bats to help power UNLV past Utah 24-10 in the final game of its four-game series with the Utes on senior day Saturday at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the third inning, Nielsen got the scoring started for the Rebels (32-20, 19-8 MWC) with a three-run home run. Eddie Gill then hit a two-run shot of his own to put the Rebels up 5-1 and Brad Ross added another with his solo shot.
Nielsen launched another three-run home run in the following inning to give the Rebels an eight-run lead and record his second two-home run game in the past three outings. Gill's RBI double two batters later scored UNLV's 10th run.
Utah (21-31, 11-16 MWC) starting pitcher Shad McCord lasted only 3.1 innings, giving up nine hits and 10 runs (all earned) absorbing the loss and dropping his record to 3-1 on the year.
Andrew D'Angelo added a solo home run to lead off the UNLV fifth.
In the seventh, Utah's Jared Pena's two-run double cut the deficit to 11-5.
Utah added five more in the eighth on a sacrifice fly, a double and a three-run home run by Jared Pena to make the score 15-10.
But UNLV added nine runs in the eighth including Gill's second home run of the game. Johnny Uriegas also homered to give UNLV its eighth round-tripper of the day.
Matt Luca (6-5) pitched six innings, giving up nine hits and only three runs to earn the win. Koji Pupo came on in relief and pitched 1.2 innings giving up seven runs on six hits. Matt Minor finished off the Utes allowing no hits in 1.1 innings.
UNLV will now travel to Albuquerque, N.M., to face New Mexico in a three-game series beginning Thursday.