Rebel Baseball Opens 2017 Season At Home This Weekend|
Feb. 16, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The Rebel baseball program opens the 2017 season at home with nine straight games at Earl E. Wilson Stadium which includes three contests in its own UNLV Classic (February 17-19) and an affair against the Omaha Mavericks (Feb. 20).
Joining UNLV and Omaha in the three-day tournament are the Saint Mary's Gaels and UC Davis Aggies. The UNLV Classic features a round-robin format with each team playing one other once. There will be two games a day played at Earl E. Wilson Stadium with the Rebels slated for the second half of the daily doubleheaders.
UNLV CLASSIC SCHEDULE Friday, February 17 2:05 pm: UC Davis vs. Saint Mary's 6:05 pm: Omaha vs. UNLV
FOLLOW ALONG: All six games of the UNLV Classic as well as Monday's contest against the Omaha Mavericks 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.
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REBEL TOURNAMENT TALK: The UNLV baseball program will be hosting its first tournament - the UNLV Classic - at Earl E. Wilson Stadium since the 2013 campaign's Rebel Classic (UNLV, Bradley, Hawai'i and Loyola Marymount).
Dating back to the 1980 campaign, the Rebels have played host to 18 tournaments with 17 of those spanning a 23-year period (1980-2002). All 18 of those tourneys were of the mid-season variety while this weekend's UNLV Classic will be the first to kick off a season.
ON DECK: The UNLV baseball team will stay at home to play five games against a pair of squads from the Big West Conference. The Rebels will host the Cal State Fullerton Titans three times next weekend (February 24-26) and follow that with a two-game, midweek set against the UC Riverside Highlanders (February 28-March 1).
THIS WEEK'S HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS: The UNLV baseball team will play four games from Friday, February 17 through Monday, February 20. The Rebels have had previous dealings with two of their three opponents, as they own a 3-1 advantage over the Omaha Mavericks, but sit deadlocked at 13-13 with the Saint Mary's Gaels. Despite sharing a geographical border, UNLV and UC Davis have never squared off on the diamond.
All four contests played against Omaha occurred in a three-day span in April of 2012. UNLV won the first two affairs and the fourth, albeit by a 20-1 outcome.
Against SMC, the Rebels evened the head-to-head series at 13 apiece with a 3-1 win on January 31, 2000. Prior to that triumph, the Gaels had rattled off wins in seven of nine tries, and that included a four-game winning streak from contests played in 1994 and 2000.
SCHEDULE BREAKDOWN: The UNLV baseball team will play a total of 56 regular-season games, 30 of which will take place at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. In all, the Rebels will play 30 contests against Mountain West competition and 26 more against non-conference foes from seven different conferences.
The Scarlet & Gray will play 17 games against six squads that competed in postseason competition one season ago. Two of those games will take place in Lubbock, Texas against the Texas Tech Red Raiders, a 2016 College World Series participant. New Mexico (six games), Arizona State (three), Cal State Fullerton (three), Saint Mary's (two) and Utah Valley (one) advanced to the postseason, and the quintet also appears on the 2017 docket.
In all, the Rebels will face a trio of non-conference foes that won the Big 12 (Texas Tech), Big West (Cal State Fullerton) and WAC (Seattle). Four others finished between second and fourth, as well: Omaha (Summit League/second), Saint Mary's (West Coast Conference/third), Utah Valley (WAC/third) and UC Riverside (Big West/fourth). Games against Grand Canyon (WAC), Iowa (Big 10), Portland (WCC) and UC Davis (Big West) are also scheduled.