Junior Matt Ciaramella was 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in the Utes' win over UNLV Saturday.
May 15, 2004
LAS VEGAS - The Utah baseball team rode a nine-run first inning to an 11-7 win over UNLV in the second half of a doubleheader on Saturday. With the win, the Utes improve to 21-30 overall and 11-15 in Mountain West Conference play.
Senior Ben Buck (6-2) earned the win on the mound, pitching 7.1 innings. He gave up seven runs on 11 hits, while striking out two and walking two.
Playing as the home team in a make-up game that was rained out in Salt Lake in April, Utah took a huge lead early, plating nine runs in the bottom of the first. Senior Tyson Olson started the scoring with a three-run triple. Senior Trevor Eastman struck out, but reached first and a run scored on a passed ball. Senior Nate Schlieman then brought in another on an RBI-single. One more run then scored on an error by the Rebel shortstop, followed by a two-run double by freshman Jay Brossman. The final run came on a one-run single by junior Matt Ciaramella.
After three scoreless innings, UNLV plated five in the top of the fifth to make it a 9-5 ballgame. The Rebels made it interesting in the eighth, scoring two runs to make a two-run game.
The Utes came right back in the bottom of the inning with two runs on back-to-back solo homers by Ciaramella and senior Eric Chevalier to seal the win.
Ciaramella and Brossman led Utah at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI apiece. Senior Jared Pena was 2-for-3 with one run scored, while Schlieman was 2-for-4 with one run. Chevalier rounded out the Utes with multi-hit games, going 2-for-5 with one run and one driven in.