May 6, 2008

Rebels Get Vengeance on Home Turf, Drop Matadors 10-3

May 6, 2008

Box Score

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Cal State Northridge (20-25) got on the board first with a pair of runs in the first inning, but UNLV (20-23) put up three in the bottom half of the inning and pulled away from there. When the dust settled, the Rebels had claimed a 10-3.

Billy Ott got the ball for the midweek start and had a hard time finding his rhythm, surrendering three in the bottom of the first and allowing two more runs before being lifted in the fifth. The sophomore right-hander finished without a strikeout and with just one walk.

Eric Billings was the first reliever out of the bullpen, and he was hit right out of the gate, giving up a single to the first man he faced. Billings sat down the next two hitters he saw to get out of the inning. In the seventh, he surrendered a home run to Rebel slugger Xavier Scruggs that extended the UNLV lead to 7-2.

Northridge was not without scoring opportunities. After being set down in order in the second, they put a man in scoring position in the third and again in the fourth. Both such chances, however, came with two down and neither time could the Matadors push a run across.

The Matadors went down 1-2-3 in the fifth and, after a Ryan Pineda leadoff single in the sixth, stranded the runner with a fly out, ground out, and strike out.

Two Matadors worked their way aboard again in the eighth and head coach Steve Rousey went to the bench for Chris Hannick. Hannick, who replaced Alex Espinosa, smashed a line drive back through the box that clipped pitcher Steve Rinaudo and eluded all the infielders for an RBI single.

Pineda was up in the third with two men on and came up empty; the first of just two times on the day the Rebels could retire him.

UNLV added a score in the seventh and two more in the eighth to stretch the final score to 10-3.

Pineda was 3-for-5 on the evening and TS Reed stole two bases. On the defensive side, sloppy play dominated the Matador fielders. They were hit for just two errors but saw countless miscues help the opposition.

Ott was hit with the loss and the bullpen contingent of Billings, Bryce Schoening, Paul Tremlin, and Peter Mendez combined for 3.2 innings, seven hits, and five runs (three earned).

Northridge still leads the season series with UNLV but neither team has won on the road. Wednesday's first pitch is scheduled for 1 pm.

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