Rebels Open 2018 With Marucci Desert Classic|
Feb. 15, 2018
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -- The Rebel baseball program opens the 2018 season at home with eight straight games at Earl E. Wilson Stadium, and the lengthy homestand begins Friday in the three-day Marucci Desert Classic (February 16-18) against the Indiana State Sycamores at 6:05 pm. Following tournament play, UNLV will host ISU, once more, in a Monday matinee at 12:05 pm.
Joining UNLV and ISU in this weekend's tournament are the Loyola Marymount Lions and Oregon Ducks. The Classic features a round-robin format with two games a day. The Rebels will play the second contest each day.
MARUCCI DESERT CLASSIC SCHEDULE
Saturday, February 18
Sunday, February 19
11:05 am Indiana State vs. Oregon
All games played at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.
FOLLOW ALONG: All six games of the Marucci Desert Classic as well as Monday's contest against the Indiana State Sycamores will have live stats available. Links to those stats as well as box scores can be found at a dedicated tournament central page that is posted in the "more links" section on the UNLV baseball page of UNLVRebels.com.
Additionally, UNLV's season- and home-opener versus Indiana State will be streamed live via the Mountain West Network, while Sunday and Monday's games against Loyola Marymount and ISU can also be viewed through a single-camera stream.
REBEL TOURNAMENT TALK: This weekend's Marucci Desert Classic marks the second straight year that the UNLV baseball program will open up a season at home with a three-day, six-team tournament. In 2017, the Rebels welcomed the Omaha Mavericks, Saint Mary's Gaels and UC Davis Aggies to town; however, rain played a factor in the weekend's festivities.
Dating back to the 1980 campaign, the Rebels will have played host to 20 tournaments with 17 of those spanning a 23-year period (1980-2002). Eighteen of those tourneys were of the midseason variety while 2017's UNLV Classic and this weekend's Marucci Desert Classic kick off the campaigns.
ON DECK: The UNLV baseball team will stay at home following the Marucci Desert Classic to host the Columbia Lions in a four-game series that will run February 23-25 at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.
A LITTLE ABOUT UNLV: The UNLV baseball team was picked to finish fifth in the Mountain West's Preseason Coaches Poll. The Rebels went 20-36 one year ago and finished seventh in the MW with a 10-20. The MW's seven head coaches voted Kyle Isbel and Bryson Stott to the Preseason All-Conference Team.
The Rebels return 21 letterwinners from last year's squad, including four starting position players (Isbel/CF, Stott/SS, Nick Rodriguez/IF and Nick Ames/1B) and all three weekend starting pitchers (Alan Strong, Larry Quaney and Garrett Poole). The team will welcome 13 newcomers and one redshirt sophomore into the fold this season.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION: Indiana State went 29-26 last year and finished Missouri Valley Conference play in fifth place with a 12-9 mark. The Sycamores were picked to finish fourth in the MVC, while redshirt Dane Gisler, who played both corner infield positions, was chosen to the Preseason All-MVC Team.
-UNLV vs. ISU: The series is tied 1-1 with both games taking place in 2001: March 4 (ISU, 3-2 win) and March 5 (UNLV, 7-1 win).
Loyola Marymount went 38-18 last year and finished in a first-place tie in the West Coast Conference with a 20-7 mark. The Lions were picked to finish fifth in the WCC, while senior outfielder Jamey Smart was chosen to the All-WCC Preseason Team.
-UNLV vs. LMU: The Rebels lead the series 30-19; however, the team's have alternated wins and losses in the last six meetings. LMU won the last contest, 8-7, played on April 14, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Oregon went 30-25 last year and finished Pac-12 Conference play in eighth place with a 12-18 mark. The Ducks were picked to finish sixth in the Pac-12.
-UNLV vs. UO: First meeting.
SEASON TICKETS: UNLV will play a total of 30 games at Earl E. Wilson Stadium and fans can purchase their 2018 Rebel baseball season tickets online at UNLVTickets.com or by calling 702-739-FANS (3267). Season tickets are $90 for adults (13 and older), while seniors (62-plus), faculty and staff, and alumni are $75.
SINGLE-GAME TICKETS: Fans can purchase single-game tickets online and in-advance for only $5; however, they must be purchased through UNLVTickets.com three hours prior to first pitch. Single-game tickets are priced at $8 for adults, $6 for senior/faculty/staff and $4 for groups of 15 or more. As always, UNLV students (with Rebel Card) and kids 12 and under are always free.