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Rebels Win Rubber Game

LAS -- For the second-straight game, BYU couldn't hold onto an early lead, falling 11-5 to UNLV in the rubber match-up of a three-game series on Saturday.

The Cougars scored two runs in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead. BYU picked up four-straight singles with Ryan Chambers picking up his only hit and RBI in the series. After a wild pitch with the bases loaded moved everybody up a base, the Cougars stranded runners on first and second with one out.

In the eighth, BYU again missed an opportunity for a big inning. After five-straight hits and a walk scored three, the Cougars left the bases loaded with one out.

"We hit some balls hard that would have started a few things, but they shut us down," said BYU head coach Vance Law. "Jumping to an early lead, I thought that was going to spur us on. But UNLV is a very good hitting ball club, and they were lacing line drives off everybody we put out there. They are one of the better hitting teams we have ever faced in my tenure at BYU."

With the loss, the Cougars fall to 14-24 and 4-8 in the Mountain West Conference. The Rebels improve to 22-11 and 9-3.

UNLV starting pitcher David Seccombe (5-1) picked up his fifth win after going seven and a third with five runs on 10 hits and seven strikeouts. At one point, Seccombe went through 15 batters without allowing a hit.

C.J. Ebarb helped the Rebels score six runs in the seventh inning with a two-run single. The sophomore catcher finished 2-for-5 with three RBI.

BYU starting pitcher Justin Su'a (2-2) received his second loss in the game. Su'a pitched four innings, allowing five runs on seven hits. He walked three and struck out two.

Ben Saylor and Rob Itri both went 2-for-4 with a RBI. Brandon Taylor had a nine-game hitting streak end with a 0-for-5 day.

The Cougars hope to turn their season around with a final stretch of 13 home games in their final 19 appearances. BYU begins a three-game series against San Diego State on Thursday.

"We're just kind of in a strange funk," Law said. "We're going to fight through it and hopefully get things turned around by next week against the Aztecs."

Brigham Young Univ. at UNLV

Apr 10, 2004 at Las Vegas (Earl E. Wilson)

Brigham Young Univ. 5 (14-24,4-8 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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CHAMBERS, Ryan cf........ 5 0 1 1 0 2 2 1 3

TAYLOR, Brandon ss....... 5 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 0

ITRI, Rob dh............. 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2

HIESTAND, Jeff lf........ 3 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0

SAYLOR, Ben rf/1b........ 5 1 2 0 0 3 0 1 3

LUCAS, Blair 3b/2b....... 4 0 1 1 0 1 0 7 0

LAW, Tim 1b.............. 3 1 1 0 0 0 13 1 1

KNELL, Kory ph/rf....... 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0

WILKES, Adam c........... 3 1 1 0 1 0 3 0 0

VEST, Wade 2b............ 2 0 1 0 1 1 2 4 0

BILLS, Kevin ph......... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

WIENS, Ranger 3b........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

SU'A, Justin p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

BEUS, Lance p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

BARRETT, Joshua p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

Totals................... 37 5 11 4 3 8 24 18 9

UNLV 11 (22-11,9-3 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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KOWALSKI dh.............. 3 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0

WHITE ss................. 4 1 2 2 0 0 2 2 0

JOHNSON cf............... 5 3 3 0 0 0 3 0 1

NIELSEN rf............... 3 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 0

RUIZ 2b.................. 4 1 1 1 1 0 2 3 0

GILL 1b.................. 4 2 2 1 1 0 8 0 0

SOTO 3b.................. 2 1 2 0 2 0 1 1 0

EBARB c.................. 5 1 2 3 0 1 7 1 4

D'ANGELO lf.............. 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 4

SECCOMBE p............... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

PUPO p.................. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 33 11 12 8 7 2 27 8 9

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young Univ.. 020 000 030 - 5 11 1

UNLV................ 011 030 60X - 11 12 0

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E - TAYLOR. DP - BYU Cougars 1; UNLV 1. LOB - BYU Cougars 9; UNLV 9. 2B -

WHITE(8); JOHNSON(14); RUIZ(12). 3B - ITRI. HBP - HIESTAND; WHITE; NIELSEN;

SOTO. SF - KOWALSKI(3). SB - WHITE(4); JOHNSON(6); GILL(1).

Brigham Young Univ. IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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SU'A, Justin........ 4.0 7 5 5 3 2 17 22

BEUS, Lance......... 2.1 3 3 3 1 0 10 11

BARRETT, Joshua..... 1.2 2 3 2 3 0 6 11

UNLV IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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SECCOMBE............ 7.1 10 5 5 2 7 31 33

PUPO................ 1.2 1 0 0 1 1 6 8

Win - SECCOMBE (5-1). Loss - SU'A (2-2). Save - None.

WP - BARRETT 2; SECCOMBE(11). HBP - by SU'A (NIELSEN); by SU'A (WHITE); by

BARRETT (SOTO); by PUPO (HIESTAND). BK - SU'A.

Umpires -

Start: 2:00 PM Time: 2:38 Attendance: 880

Game notes:

ID-238192

SU'A faced 4 batters in the 5th.

Game: Game Three-of-Three

Play-by-Play

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young Univ.. 020 000 030 - 5 11 1

UNLV................ 011 030 60X - 11 12 0

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Brigham Young Univ. starters: 22/cf CHAMBERS; 3/ss TAYLOR; 21/dh ITRI; 16/lf

HIESTAND; 25/rf SAYLOR; 6/3b LUCAS; 1/1b LAW; 24/c WILKES; 5/2b VEST;

27/p SU'A;

UNLV starters: 12/dh KOWALSKI; 7/ss WHITE; 45/cf JOHNSON; 36/rf NIELSEN;

4/2b RUIZ; 46/1b GILL; 6/3b SOTO; 5/c EBARB; 21/lf D'ANGELO; 24/p

SECCOMBE;

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 1

CHAMBERS struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b. TAYLOR flied out to

rf. ITRI singled up the middle. HIESTAND walked; ITRI advanced to second.

SAYLOR struck out swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

UNLV - inning 1

KOWALSKI lined out to 2b. WHITE popped up to 1b. JOHNSON grounded out to

3b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 2

LUCAS struck out swinging. LAW singled down the lf line. WILKES singled

to left field; LAW advanced to second. VEST singled to third base, bunt;

WILKES advanced to second; LAW advanced to third. CHAMBERS singled to

center field, RBI; VEST advanced to second; WILKES advanced to third; LAW

scored. CHAMBERS advanced to second; VEST advanced to third; WILKES

scored on a wild pitch. TAYLOR struck out looking. ITRI grounded out to

p. 2 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

UNLV - inning 2

NIELSEN hit by pitch. RUIZ hit into double play 3b to 2b to 1b; NIELSEN

out on the play. GILL singled up the middle. SOTO singled to right field;

GILL advanced to second. EBARB singled to left field, RBI; SOTO advanced

to second; GILL scored. D'ANGELO reached on a fielder's choice; EBARB out

at second 3b to ss. 1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 3

HIESTAND flied out to cf. SAYLOR singled to right field. LUCAS flied out

to rf. LAW grounded out to 1b unassisted. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

UNLV - inning 3

KOWALSKI grounded out to 1b unassisted. WHITE hit by pitch. JOHNSON

singled, advanced to third; WHITE advanced to third, out at home cf to 1b

to 2b to 3b to c. JOHNSON scored on a balk. NIELSEN struck out looking. 1

run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 4

WILKES grounded out to 2b. VEST struck out swinging. CHAMBERS struck out

swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

UNLV - inning 4

RUIZ grounded out to 3b. GILL walked. SOTO singled to left field; GILL

advanced to second. EBARB struck out swinging. D'ANGELO reached on a

fielder's choice; SOTO out at first 3b to 1b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2

LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 5

TAYLOR grounded out to 3b. ITRI popped up to lf. HIESTAND lined out to

cf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

UNLV - inning 5

KOWALSKI walked. WHITE doubled down the rf line, RBI; KOWALSKI scored.

JOHNSON singled to right field; WHITE advanced to third. JOHNSON stole

second; WHITE stole home. NIELSEN walked. BEUS to p for SU'A. RUIZ

reached on a fielder's choice; NIELSEN out at second 2b to ss; JOHNSON

advanced to third. GILL grounded out to 1b unassisted, RBI; RUIZ advanced

to second; JOHNSON scored. SOTO walked. EBARB grounded out to 2b. 3 runs,

2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 6

SAYLOR struck out swinging. LUCAS lined out to 2b. LAW flied out to cf. 0

runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

UNLV - inning 6

D'ANGELO grounded out to ss. KOWALSKI grounded out to p. WHITE grounded

out to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 7

WILKES flied out to rf. VEST walked. CHAMBERS hit into double play 2b to

ss to 1b; VEST out on the play. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

UNLV - inning 7

JOHNSON doubled to right field. NIELSEN grounded out to ss; JOHNSON

advanced to third. RUIZ doubled down the lf line, RBI; JOHNSON scored.

GILL singled to center field; RUIZ advanced to third. BARRETT to p for

BEUS. GILL stole second. SOTO walked. EBARB singled to left center, 2

RBI; SOTO advanced to second; GILL scored; RUIZ scored. EBARB advanced to

second; SOTO advanced to third on a wild pitch. D'ANGELO walked. KOWALSKI

flied out to lf, SAC, RBI; SOTO scored. WHITE singled to left center,

advanced to second, advanced to third, RBI; D'ANGELO advanced to second,

advanced to third, scored on an error by ss, unearned; EBARB scored.

JOHNSON grounded out to 3b. 6 runs, 5 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 8

TAYLOR grounded out to ss. ITRI tripled down the rf line. HIESTAND

singled to right field, RBI; ITRI scored. SAYLOR singled to shortstop;

HIESTAND advanced to second. LUCAS singled down the rf line, RBI; SAYLOR

advanced to third; HIESTAND scored. PUPO to p for SECCOMBE. KNELL pinch

hit for LAW. KNELL singled up the middle, RBI; LUCAS advanced to second;

SAYLOR scored. WILKES walked; KNELL advanced to second; LUCAS advanced to

third. BILLS pinch hit for VEST. BILLS lined out to 2b. CHAMBERS grounded

out to 2b. 3 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

UNLV - inning 8

SAYLOR to 1b. LUCAS to 2b. KNELL to rf. WIENS to 3b for BILLS. NIELSEN

flied out to cf. RUIZ walked. GILL out at first 1b to p; RUIZ advanced to

second. SOTO hit by pitch. SOTO advanced to second; RUIZ advanced to

third on a wild pitch. EBARB flied out to cf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 2

LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 9

TAYLOR lined out to ss. ITRI popped up to 3b. HIESTAND hit by pitch.

SAYLOR struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.