Tiger Baseball Drops Game One To UNLV 7-5
March 7, 2003
Las Vegas, Nev. - A two-run eighth inning lifted UNLV to a 7-5 win over the University of Memphis baseball team in the first-ever meeting between the two schools on Friday at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The Hustin' Rebels scored the first five runs of the game before before the Tigers answered with the next five runs to tie the game in the top of the eighth.
"We battled back again which is nice to see, but we are still making too many mistakes, "Memphis head coach Dave Anderson said. "They scored two runs without getting a hit in the eighth inning and we could not drive in the guys that we got on base. That was the difference in the game."
UNLV plated two runs in the eighth inning without the aid of a hit. The Rebels loaded the bases on two walks and a hitsbatsmen and plated their runs on a Tiger fielding error. A slow chopper by centerfielder Brent Johnson was fielded cleanly by freshman John Moran, but this throw home was errant and got by catcher Kurt Welch allowing pinchitter Johnny Uriegas and shortstop Peter White to score on the play.
Memphis relievers kept the Rebels hitless through the final four innings after they scored five runs off of Tiger starter Bill Edwards. Junior Zach Cook, sophomore Erik Filsinger and Brandon Rowan each did not allow a hit or run in relief out of the Tigers' bullpen. Filsinger (0-1) pitched two innings and walked three and was credited with the loss after two of his baserunners scored on the Moran-throwing error.
The Tigers could not muster any offense off of UNLV starter Matt Luca who held the visitors to four hits and no runs in five innings of work. The true freshman struckout four Tigers.
The Tigers' offense had much more success off the Rebels' relievers. Led by Dlugach who went 2-for-4 with three RBI, the Tigers scored all five of their runs and drew six walks off of the UNLV bullpen.
Dlugach drove in the Tigers' first two runs of the game after Memphis loaded the bases in the top of the sixth. A soft-liner in to right plated Chad House and Bill Moss. In the seventh, the Tigers once again loaded the bases and added two more runs. Dlugach and centerfielder Kevin House each had sacrfice flies to right field to score runs. Ryan Martin had his first hit of the season and scored in the inning.
Martin tied the game in the top of the eigthh with a line-drive RBI double off the centerfield wall scoring Welch from first base. But the Tigers could not mount another rally in the top of the ninth after falling behind 7-5 in the bottom half of the frame. Freshman John Moran and leadoff hitter Chad House also had a pair of hits for the Tigers.
The top two hitters in the line-up for the Rebels did the most damage for the home team. Leftfielder Andrew D'Angelo went 3-for-4 and scored three runs all on base hits by Johnson. The Rebels' centerfielder had a pair of doubles.
The final two games of the UNLV series will be broadcast live on the radio locally in Memphis on WUMR 91.7. First pitch for both games is set for 3 p.m. CT.