Tiger Baseball Swept By UNLV With 13-4 Loss To The Rebels
March 9, 2003
Las Vegas, Nev. - UNLV finished off a three-game sweep of the University of Memphis baseball team with a 13-4 victory over the Tigers Sunday in front of 646 fans at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The Rebels pounded out five home runs as they extended the Tigers' losing streak to five games.
The Hustlin' Rebels jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first after UNLV first baseman Fernando Valenzuela hit a two-out, solo homerun to left field. Third baseman Patrick Dobson and designated hitter Eddie Gill then followed with back-to-back doubles off UM starter Jarrett Grube . Gill drove in Dobson with his double down the leftfield line.
UNLV took a 3-0 lead in the third on an RBI single by Dobson. Brent Johnson scored on the single after leading off the inning with a walk.
JUCO transfer Brandon Rowan relieved Grube in the bottom of the third and struckout the first two Rebels he faced. His success did not carry over into the fourth, however, as the Ryan Ruiz belted a three-run homer to extend the UNLV lead to 6-0.
The Rebels pushed their lead to 9-0 in the bottom of the sixth adding a trio of runs on a two-run homer by Dobson and an RBI-single by Gill. UNLV did the damage against redshirt freshman Ryan Fry who was making his collegiate debut. Fry did register a strikeout before junior Zach Cook relieved him and recorded the final two outs of the frame on a pair of strikeouts.
Memphis rallied to score four runs in the eighth to cut the Rebel lead to 9-4. Freshman Bill Moss put the Tigers on the scoreboard in the top of the eighth with an RBI-double down the leftfield line scoring Kelly Edmundson. The Tigers' backup catcher entered the game as a defensive replacement in the seventh and singled in his first at-bat of the game.
The Tigers added another run in the eighth on an RBI-groundout by Kevin House and scored two more when Dobson threw the ball over second baseman Garett Shitanishi's head on an attempted force out.
Rightfielder Eric Nielsen hit a solo home run and centerfielder Brent Johnson clubbed a three-run homer in the eighth to extend the Rebels' lead back to nine at 13-4.
The Tigers loaded the bases in the ninth off of UNLV closer Ryan Braun, but could not push any more runs across the plate.
Memphis only got two hits off of UNLV starter Jake Vose who sent six strong innings strikingout nine Tigers for the Rebels and evened his record at 3-3. Grube (0-1) took the loss for the Tigers allowing three earned runs on four hits in 2.1 innings of work.
The Tigers return home to begin a season-long, seven-game homestand Tuesday as Memphis will face Murray State at Nat Buring Stadium with first pitch set for 3 p.m.