STOCKTON, Calif. - UNLV posted a 9-1 win over Pacific in the opening game of the Pacific Baseball Invitational Thursday at Klein Family Field. Senior DH Tyger Pederson went 1-for-3 with an RBI for the Tigers.
Redshirt sophomore 1B Erik Lockwood turned in a 1-for-4 night with a double and a run scored for the Tigers. Lockwood has hit safely in all four games this season for Pacific.
UNLV's Erick Fedde tossed six innings, allowing one run and striking out seven. He surrendered four hits and walked one, throwing 99 pitches to move to 1-0.
Pacific touched Fedde for a run in the fourth, when Lockwood doubled to deep right field. After a walk to freshman LF Gia Brusa, Pederson stroked a single up the middle to put the Tigers on the board.
Eight of UNLV's nine runs were unearned as the Tigers committed five defensive miscues. The Rebels tallied three times in the second, all unearned off Pacific freshman RHP Jake Jenkins (0-1). Joey Swanner and Justin Jones hit back-to-back two-out doubles to plate the runs.
UNLV added a run in the third off Pacific LHP Kyle Crawford. After a single, a stolen base and a sacrifice bunt, Ryan Scott laid down a squeeze for the lone earned run against the Tigers.
Crawford pitched into the sixth, giving up a one-out single and a walk. With two men away, Jones reached on a chopper to first and the Rebels added a pair of RBI singles in the frame.
Freshman RHP Patrick Weigel threw 1.1 innings of shutout ball out of the bullpen, and UNLV tacked on runs in the eighth and ninth.
The Rebels improve to 4-1 on the season, and will face Gonzaga on Friday at 1 p.m.
The Tigers fall to 1-3 on the year, and play UNLV in the nightcap Friday, at 6 p.m. Junior RHP Cory Popham (0-0) will face UNLV's junior RHP Buddy Borden in the Tigers' second game of the Pacific Baseball Invitational.