UNLV Baseball will play 55 contests, 12 of which are against 2017 NCAA Tournament teams.
UNLV baseball alum Erick Fedde was promoted to the major leagues Wednesday by the Washington Nationals.
Payton Squier and Justin Jones selected by the Oakland Athletics, Ernie De La Trinidad chosen by the Arizona Diamondbacks on day three.
UNLV Baseball has its 11th student-athlete named to the freshman-only team selected by Collegiate Baseball since 1995.
UNLV Baseball's Bryson Stott tabbed Mountain West Co-Freshman of the Year; two others named to All-Conference Second Team.
Stan Stolte was named UNLV baseball's interim head coach on Dec. 18, 2015, and six months later was named the head coach in June 2016.The 2018 campaign will mark Stolte's eighth year with the Scarlet & Gray after being brought in as the associate head coach during the summer of 2010. Since his hiring, he has overseen the pitchers and recruiting efforts.
Overall, Stolte has sent 17 players to the Major Leagues - most recently, Erick Fedde pitched for the Washington Nationals during the 2017 season - and has developed 20 All-Americans. He has mentored five conference pitchers of the year, including three of the last four (Erick Fedde, 2014; Buddy Borden, 2013; Tanner Peters, 2011). 106 of his players have signed professional contracts and he saw 33 of his pitchers named to all-conference teams.
In 2014, he saw Fedde, a junior at the time, become one of the best pitchers in the country. Fedde was named a Second Team All-American and was on the Midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list before his season came to a premature end after an injury. Despite his injury, Fedde became the third player in UNLV history to become a first-round draft pick as he was drafted 18th overall in the 2014 First Year Player Draft by the Washington Nationals. He was also named the 2014 Mountain West Player of the Year after posting a 8-2 record with a 1.76 ERA.
Stolte also saw John Richy turn in phenomenal junior campaign in 2014. He was selected 98th overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third-round of the MLB First Year Player Draft. Fedde and Richy became the first two Rebels in school history to be selected in the first 100 picks of a MLB Draft.
Richy finished the season with an 11-4 record and a 3.20 ERA and was named First Team All-Mountain West and to the All-Mountain West Tournament team. He led the MW with 113 strikeouts in 121.0 innings of work.
As a pitching staff in 2014, the Rebels had the lowest ERA in the Mountain West at 3.18. The staff also led the conference by holding opposing batters to a .251 average, 431 strikeouts and 248 runs allowed. Richy, Fedde and Kenny Oakley all ranked in the top-five in the conference in strikeouts and Fedde and Bryan Bonnell were in the top-five in ERA.
In 2013, he helped junior Buddy Borden develop in to one of the best pitchers in the Mountain West. Borden, a seventh-round draft pick in the 2013 MLB First Year Player Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, was named the 2013 MW Co-Pitcher of the Year after he went 8-2 with a 2.59 ERA
Borden's ERA was the lowest in the conference, his eight wins was tied for second most and he finished with 77 strikeouts, which ranked seventh in the MW. He held batters to a .233 average in 100.2 innings of work, which were both good for fourth in the conference, respectively.
As a pitching staff in 2013, the Rebels had the second lowest ERA at 4.34 in the MW, which caters to the batters since the ballparks in the MW sit at a higher elevation.The team also held batters to a .271 average, recorded 409 strikeouts and allowed only 169 walks, all of which ranked second in the MW, respectively.
In 2012, he mentored Freshman All-American Erick Fedde, who finished the season with a 6-5 record to go with a 3.59 ERA.
Fedde finished fifth in the Mountain West in strikeouts with 66 and was sixth in ERA. He held batters to a .261 average, which was good enough for seventh best in the conference. He pitched 90.1 innings on the year, which was the fifth most innings of work in the MW.
In 2011, Stolte helped mold a pair of All-Americans in Tanner Peters and Zack Hartman. Peters, a 16th-round selection in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft by the Oakland A's, was named the 2011 Mountain West Pitcher of the Year after a spectacular junior season in which he posted a 9-4 record and 1.50 ERA.
Peters threw eight complete games in 2011, ranking second in the nation behind UCLA's Trevor Bauer (9). He broke the Mountain West record for complete games in both a single season and career and is tied for complete-game shutouts in a career with former 2009 No. 1 overall MLB selection Stephen Strasburg. The Rebel ace was named a Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American following his final season in Rebel Red.
Hartman registered eight saves in his freshman campaign and notched a 5-2 record in 22 appearances on the hill for the Rebels. His 2.35 ERA was second lowest on the team while his 29 strikeouts in just 38.1 innings of work ranked fourth on the team.
Also in 2011, he guided the program to the No. 32 ranked recruiting class in the country by Collegiate Baseball.
Stolte is no stranger to baseball in the Silver State, having served on the coaching staff at in-state rival Nevada, Reno for 14 seasons, including spending his last four as the associate head coach of the Wolf Pack program. Stolte also served as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator during his time in Reno, helping UNR to NCAA tournament appearances in 1997, 1999 and 2000.
At UNR, Stolte developed 22 all-conference pitchers, three freshman All-Americans and two WAC Pitcher of the Year winners, including 2010 honoree Brock Stassi, who led the league with a 3.43 ERA while compiling a 7-4 overall record. Stolte has coached 35 pitchers and 14 position players that have made it to the professional ranks, including Dan Reichert, who was a 1997 first round selection of the Kansas City Royals. He also mentored Chad Qualls and Darrell Rasner, who were taken in the second round of the MLB draft in 2000 and 2002 respectively. Qualls was a key bullpen member of the Houston Astros when they advanced to the 2005 World Series, and he is currently with the Houston Astros.
Prior to his time at UNR, he spent seven years as an assistant coach at the University of the Pacific. Stolte coached at Northwest Missouri State for two years before heading west to Pacific. His coaching career began in the high school ranks as head coach at Clarence-Lowden High School in Iowa, where he was 110-45. He won four district titles and made one Iowa high school final four appearance in six years as a prep mentor. He then coached at Northwest Missouri State prior to returning to his alma mater, Muscatine (Iowa) Community College to coach the 1989-90 season.
An infielder and pitcher at Muscatine and St. Ambrose (Iowa) College, Stolte helped St. Ambrose win an NAIA regional baseball championship in 1984. He was a two-sport athlete at Muscatine playing baseball and basketball. He earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from St. Ambrose University in 1984 and his master's degree in education from Northwest Missouri State in 1989.
Stolte was born and raised in Lowden, Iowa. He and his wife, Susan have a son, Jacoby.