It was only five pitches but three of them were strikes with the finale being the most important.
Tennessee closer Drake Owenby trotted to the mound in the top of the ninth with UNLV owning the potential tying run at third and go-ahead run at first.
The sophomore southpaw got a called third strike on Rebels pinch hitter Dylan Ellis to seal up an 8-7 Tennessee win Friday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium after the Volunteers gave up five runs in the frame.
The victory pushes the Vols to 5-0, while UNLV falls to 4-1.
A.J. Simcox and Taylor Smart smacked two hits each to provide half of Tennessee's knocks. Freshman Nick Senzel drove in four runs and scored three.
The victory over the No. 29 Rebels is something of a measuring stick for the Orange & White as they took down one of the country's most dominant power arms expected to go in the top half of June's MLB First-Year Player Draft, Erick Fedde. The right-hander touched 94 on the radar, went six innings with seven hits and three walks allowed with seven strikeouts on 99 pitches.
Nick Williams was the winning pitcher, fanning six with just three hits allowed and one base on balls.
The same two teams lock up Saturday and Sunday at 1 EST.
Tennessee DH Nick Senzel
Tennessee pitcher Nick Williams
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