Former Nevada Baseball All-America Makes MLB History Saturday Night
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Arlington, Texas. - Former University of Nevada baseball All-America Kevin Kouzmanoff got called up by the Cleveland Indians on Saturday and he shined in his first big league at bat. Kouzmanoff was immediately inserted into the lineup at designated hitter by Indians skipper Eric Wedge and it paid off.
In the top of the first inning with the bases loaded Kouzmanoff made MLB history blasting the first pitch he saw from Texas Rangers’ pitcher Rangers' Edinson Volquez over the center field fence for a grand slam. He became the third man to hit a grand slam in his first Major League at-bat, and, it's believed, the first to do so on the first pitch. He finished the one-for-four with four RBI and a run scored.
Kouzmanoff stared for the Wolf Pack in his only season in Reno in 2003 earning All-America and WAC Player of the Year honors. He lead the WAC in home runs(17), RBI(67), and total bases(147) during the 2003 season. The Evergreen, Colo. product was also third in the conference in slugging percentage(.631), hits(84), and tied for third with a .361 batting average.
Kouzmanoff’s Nevada Career Stats
Year Avg GP GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB ATT 2003 .361 54 54 233 55 84 12 0 17 67 23 30 3 5