Rebels Run Past Tigers In The Series Finale

Pacific Baseball - Photo by: Keith Sanpei
Pacific Baseball - Photo by: Keith Sanpei

Las Vegas, Nev. - On a gloomy day in Vegas, the Tigers suffered a tough finish to their already rough weekend as UNLV took home the series sweep with an 11-1 victory. The loss for Pacific (0-8) sent the Tigers to their second-straight series sweep to start the year while the Rebels (6-2) earned their first sweep of the season.

In a game reminiscent of the week prior, the Tigers fell behind early and never could recover as the Rebels ran their way into a big win. Stealing six bases in the first two innings of play, the Rebels notched four early runs to put the game essentially away. The extra bases taken on the base paths proved critical as it enabled the Rebels to make their own luck as a pair of jam shots found their way in front of Tiger outfielders to do the damage. From there, UNLV would add four more in the fourth and fifth innings of play while a three run seventh put a cap on their scoring barrage. 

The Tigers were not without their chances to keep pace throughout the contest as Pacific picked up 10 hits in the game, but stranded 13 runners on bases as the team went just 2-for-27 in RBI situations. Senior Tyler Sullivan pumped his average to .300 on the year after a 2-for-3 showing, but was outdone by the Rebels' leadoff hitter, Payton Squire, who went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI. Both junior J.J. Wagner and freshman Jed Sprague each finished the game with multiple hits as each posted two in the contest.

Junior Sean Bennetts (0-2) took the loss on Monday afternoon for the second-straight week as he lasted just 3.0 innings while giving up six hits and six runs while walking four and striking out one. The Tigers used five pitchers in the game with freshman Justin Giovannoni pitching a scoreless seventh while sophomore Vince Arobio had a flawless eighth.

The Rebels' Blaze Bohall (1-0) picked up his first collegiate win as he went 4.0 innings while giving up just three hits and no runs. He became eligible for the win as it was declared prior to the start of the game that he would not pitch past the fourth inning during the weekday contest. He struck out three and walked two while throwing just 65 pitches to 17 Tiger batters. Three other Rebel pitchers combined to finish the game for UNLV.

Pacific's eighth loss to start the season matched its worst start in program history after going 0-8 to start the 2012 season.

Pacific heads to Reno, Nevada for a three-game set against the undefeated Wolf Pack over the weekend as the series begins on Friday, Feb. 27. The game is scheduled for a 4:00 pm first pitch.