San Diego State right-hander Jon Berger struck out a career-high 10 batters over eight innings today in the Aztecs' 6-1 Mountain West Conference victory over UNLV at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
Berger (1-2) pitched seven shutout innings before allowing a run in the eighth, using an effective changeup to get the Rebels swinging on several occasions. The senior from Las Vegas allowed five hits and did not walk a batter in his most effective outing of the season.
The Aztecs (10-6, 2-0 MWC) collected five hits and three runs in the fifth inning off UNLV starting pitcher Tanner Peters (2-1). SDSU, which has struggled offensively in the early going, added three more runs in the eighth off the Rebels bullpen. The Aztecs loaded the bases on a single by Brandon Decker, a walk to Brandon Meredith and a single by Erik Castro, then cashed in on a wild pitch, a throwing error by UNLV catcher Drew Beuerlein and a single by Jomel Torres.
UNLV (10-6, 2-0) loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth off reliever James McLaughlin before SDSU closer Addison Reed was summoned from the bullpen. Reed struck out the side to end the threat and record his sixth save.
The teams conclude the series Sunday at 1 p.m.