Feb. 23, 2003
LAS VEGAS, NV. - On Sunday Feb. 23, in the third and final game of a three-game series at Earl E. Wilson Stadium in Las Vegas, the Villanova baseball team lost to the UNLV by the score of 14-0, as the Rebels swept the weekend series. The Wildcats fell to 0-3 on the season with the loss, while UNLV improved to 9-3.
UNLV started the scoring in the second inning, putting one run on the scoreboard to take an early 1-0 lead. An error on a failed pickoff attempt by Villanova starter John Yeager allowed Brent Johnson, who singled to get on base, to advance to third. Johnson would come around to score on a RBI groundout by Robert Vankirk to give the Rebels a 1-0 advantage.
One inning later, UNLV added to its lead as Eric Nielsen singled home Andrew D'Angelo who began the inning with a double to left. Nielsen's RBI single gave the Rebels a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, UNLV took advantage of a Wildcat error to add to its lead. Ryan Ruiz reached on an error by center fielder Alan Day and advanced to second on the play. After Ruiz stole third, Vankirk plated the Rebels third run of the contest on a sac fly to make it a 3-0 game.
With one out in the bottom of the fifth inning, Johnny Uriegas lofted a blooper into short left, which fell in between three Villanova players. Uriegas stole second, advanced to third on a balk, and scored two batters later on an RBI single by Fernando Valenzuela to gibe UNLV a 4-0 advantage.
The Rebels added two more insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to give UNLV a six-run lead. Both runs were scored on Wildcat miscues as the first Rebel run was scored on a wild pitch and a second came home on a past ball.
UNLV wound down its scoring in the bottom of the eighth inning, adding eight more runs on four hits, two walks and three hit batters as the Rebels went on for the 14-0 victory.
Taking the loss for the `Cats was Yeager (0-1), who allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits in five innings, striking out three and walking one.
Getting the win for UNLV on the mound was David Seccombe (3-0) who three six shutout innings and struck out seven.
The Wildcats gets back into action on Feb. 28, traveling to Wilmington, N.C, where they will face Hofstra at 11:00 a.m.