Rebels Fall to St. John's In Season Finale
June 5, 2004
STANFORD, Calif. - The UNLV baseball team (37-24) saw their season come to an end as they fell 9-6 to the St. John's Red Storm (37-22) in an elimination round game at the 2004 NCAA tournament at Sunken Diamond on the Stanford campus. St. John's used a five-run fifth inning to break open a 3-3 game and secure the win.
The Rebels struck early as senior left fielder Andrew D'Angelo scored on a wild pitch by St. John's pitcher Joe Reid in the top of the first inning. St. John's answered quickly, getting a run in the bottom half of the inning as third baseman Jim Martin scored on a sacrifice fly by shortstop Mike Rozema.
The Red Storm pulled ahead 3-1 as they scored a run each in the bottom of the second and third innings on an RBI infield single by right fielder Ken Devenney and an RBI single to left center by first baseman Eddie Shultz.
St. John's pulled away in the bottom of the fifth as they scored five runs on six hits in the inning, getting RBI doubles from Martin and center fielder Greg Thomson and an RBI single from catcher Joe Burke.
UNLV starter, senior right-hander David Seccombe (9-3), went four and one-third innings, allowing seven earned runs on eleven hits while both walking and striking out one in the loss. Ross paced the Rebel offence finishing 1-for-4 with three RBI while junior right fielder Eric Nielsen was 1-for-4 wile driving in a run.
For the Red Storm, reliever Justin Muir (4-0) picked up the while Craig Hansen was credited with a save, his tenth of the season. Schultz finished 3-for-4 with two RBI while Martin and Burke each drove in a pair of runs.