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Pacific Baseball Hosts Pacific Invitational Thursday-Sunday

Feb 19, 2013

The Pacific baseball team welcomes UNLV and Gonzaga to Klein Family Field for the six-game Pacific Baseball Invitational starting Thursday at 6 p.m.

The Tigers will face UNLV at 6 p.m., under the lights at Klein Family Field to open the double-round robin tournament. On Friday, UNLV and Gonzaga play at 1 p.m., prior to Pacific vs UNLV at 6 p.m. On Saturday (note the schedule adjustments), UNLV and Gonzaga start things off at noon, before the 4 p.m. Pacific vs Gonzaga contest. The showcase concludes Sunday at noon with Pacific and Gonzaga.

Live video will be available for all games for free via Big West TV.

Pacific enters at 1-2 on the season, after winning its lone home contest against San Jose State on Sunday. The Tigers dropped the first two games in San Jose. RHP Michael Benson picked up the win with six shutout innings on Sunday.

UNLV sits at 3-1 on the season, taking three of four at home against Tennessee.

Gonzaga (2-2) split with Utah Valley State, beat UC Riverside and fell to Oregon State in their opening weekend at a tournament in Palm Springs, Calif.

On Thursday, Pacific will send 6-1 freshman RHP Jake Jenkins to the mound for the start. Jenkins made his Tiger debut out of the bullpen on Saturday and allowed four runs on a pair of hits in a no decision against San Jose State. UNLV will toss 6-1 sophomore RHP Erick Fedde. Fedde is 0-0 with a 3.38 ERA after a no-decision against Tennessee on Friday. He lasted 5.1 innings with two earned runs and six hits allowed while striking out seven.

On Friday, the Tigers will start 6-2 junior RHP Cory Popham, who took a no decision in the season opener against SJSU last Friday. He allowed four earned in 4.2 innings, while striking out three. UNLV counters with 6-3 junior RHP Buddy Borden, who picked up a win over Tennessee last Saturday. He threw 7.2 scoreless innings, allowing four hits while fanning nine.

Saturday, Pacific has tabbed LHP John Haberman against Gonzaga. The 6-1 senior struck out four in five innings of work against San Jose State in his first start of the season. He allowed four earned on four hits to fall to 0-1.

Sophomore RHP Michael Benson (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will look to keep a shutout string of innings going on Sunday against Gonzaga. He's throw eight straight zeros after a six-inning stint in his 2013 debut. Benson struck out one and allowed eight hits before turning it over to the bullpen, which secured the victory.

Pacific redshirt sophomore 1B/LHP Erik Lockwood picked up where he left off, opening the season 6-for-11 with a double and an RBI in the opening series. He reached base eight times in 13 trips to the plate for a .615 OBP. In his last 43 games, Lockwood is 59-for-153 (.386) with 23 RBI, 12 doubles and a homer. With 12 walks and five HBP, he has a .447 OBP, as well as 74 total bases and a .483 SLG in that span.

Senior SS Dustin Torchio went 5-for-13 (.385) with three doubles and a home run in the opening weekend. He drove in four runs and posted a .846 slugging percentage at the dish, and also handled 14 chances flawlessly at shortstop, the first time he's played the position since three games his freshman year.

Junior C/RHP Jason Taasaas turned in a 3-for-7 (.429) opening weekend at the plate and also made his debut on the mound, tossing a scoreless inning for the Tigers on Saturday against San Jose State.

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