Two Unearned Runs Hand Pacific A Loss At UNLV

Pacific Baseball - Photo by: KeithSanpeiPhoto.com
Pacific Baseball - Photo by: KeithSanpeiPhoto.com

Las Vegas, Nev. - One mistake was all it took to alter the outcome of the day's contest as the Tigers fell 3-1 to UNLV on Sunday, Feb. 22. Pacific (0-7) suffered its second series defeat with the loss on the day while the Rebels (5-2) took their second-straight home series victory.

One errant throw in the bottom of the third proved to be the difference in the game for the Tigers as UNLV turned the mistake into a pair of runs which proved to be the deciding factor in the game. In a contest that lasted just two hours, all the action took place in the matter of just a frame and a half as all four runs in the game were scored in the third and fourth innings of play.

For the Rebels, the damage was done in the bottom of the third with the two unearned runs while the cap was put on the victory in the bottom of the fourth when Edgar Montes hit a solo home run for the final strike. In between the two Rebel scores the Tigers were able to push one across in the top of the fourth when J.P. Yakel just missed hitting a grand slam and instead had to settle for a sacrifice fly. The missed opportunity to score more was the first of many for the Tigers as they stranded five runners in scoring position throughout the contest.

The misfortune cost super senior Cory Popham (0-2) a chance on the mound as he was tagged for the loss. Popham went 5.0 IP while giving up five hits as he relinquished just one earned run. The senior added four strikeouts and walked two in his second outing of the season. Senior Michael Benson finished off the game for the Tigers with three innings of two hit ball.

The Rebels D.J. Myers (2-0) took the win as he went 7.0 full while striking out seven and giving up seven hits. Zach Hartman (1) finished off the game for UNLV with his first save as he struck out one and stranded a runner at second after Pacific reached on an error in the inning.

Offensively, J.J. Wagner had a solid showing at the plate with a 3-for-4 day while freshman Nate Verlin went 2-for-4 as the Tigers outhit the Rebels for the second time on the weekend.

Pacific will try to salvage a single game on Monday, Feb. 23 as the four-game series concludes at Earl E. Wilson Stadium at 2:05 pm.