Rebels Host Columbia Four Times At Earl E. This Weekend|
Feb. 22, 2018
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The Rebel baseball program stays home for a four-game nonconference series against the Columbia Lions this weekend at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. UNLV and Columbia get things started Friday night at 6:05 pm. The two squads will play twice Saturday with game one of the doubleheader starting at 2:05 pm and game two starting around 6:05 pm. The Rebels and Lions conclude action with a 1:05 pm Sunday matinee.
The Scarlet & Gray enters the weekend with a 4-1 mark after it swept through the season-opening Marucci Desert Classic with wins over Indiana State (5-4 in 10 innings), Oregon (9-3) and Loyola Marymount (11-10 in 10). Unfortunately, their three-game win streak was snapped with a 4-2 loss to Indiana State Monday.
Columbia, on the other hand, will be taking the diamond the first time this season, as the New York City squad was off last weekend. The Lions kick off the season with 18 straight on the road with stops in Las Vegas (February 23-25); Tampa (March 2-4 vs. USF); San Antonio (March 9-11 vs. UTSA); Corpus Christi, Texas (March 13 vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) and Houston (March 14 vs. Rice; March 16-17 vs. New Mexico; and March 17-18 vs. Houston). CU will host its first games at Robertson Field at Satow Stadium on March 24 vs. Yale.
FOLLOW ALONG: The UNLV baseball team will have all four games of this weekend's nonconference series against the Columbia Lions streamed live via a single-camera view. Additionally, fans can follow along with each game through live stats. Links to the video stream and live stats can be found at UNLVRebels.com.
Fans can also keep up to date with each game through the team's Twitter feed, @UNLVBaseball.
ON DECK: The UNLV baseball team will hit the road for the first time in 2018 with a midweek trip to Riverside, California, to face the UC Riverside Highlanders next Tuesday at 3:05 pm. UCR enters the week with a 2-2 overall record after it played Nebraska and Washington State in Tempe, Arizona. The Highlanders travel to Seattle for a three-game series at Washington this weekend.
BACK AT EARL E.: The UNLV baseball team returns to Earl E. Wilson Stadium on March 2 to open a three-game, Mountain West series against the Fresno State Bulldogs, with first pitch scheduled for 6:05 pm. Games two and three will take place Saturday (2:05 pm) and Sunday (1:05 pm).
MARUCCI DESERT CLASSIC REWIND: UNLV baseball opened the 2018 campaign with a perfect 3-0 mark at its own Marucci Desert Classic with wins over Indiana State, Oregon and Loyola Marymount. The Rebels needed extra innings to defeat ISU (5-4) and LMU (11-10) with a walk-off bunt single and a walk-off balk, respectively. They knocked off Oregon, 9-3, in between those 10-inning affairs.
UO finished second with a 2-1 mark, while ISU was third and LMU was fourth with 1-2 and 0-3 records.
ABOUT THE REBELS: The UNLV baseball team sits 4-1 on the year and owns a .317 team batting average with 45 hits, 21 of which went for extra bases at the season-opening Marucci Desert Classic. The Rebels smashed seven home runs - three by Nick Ames - and legged out 14 doubles and three triples that produced a .606 batting average. Additionally, the squad scored 27 runs with 25 credited as RBI.
Kyle Isbel leads the team with a .500 batting average with four identical 2-for-4 appearances at the plate. Isbel, a 2018 Preseason All-Mountain West Team selection, has a team-best eight hits to go with two doubles, one triple, one home run, four RBI and four runs scored.
Overall, the team has five players hitting .353 or better with a minimum of six hits. After Isbel, the team got seven hits from both Max Smith (.467) and Grant Robbins (.438). Ames (.400) and Bryson Stott (.353), another preseason pick by the MW's seven head coaches, have scattered six hits each.
The pitching staff has thrown 38.0 innings and owns a 3.08 ERA after its allowed 21 runs (13 earned) off of 41 hits. The hurlers have struck out 27 against 15 walks and three hit batsmen. Bryan Menendez leads all with a 2-0 record with a pair of two-inning relief appearances that have included four strikeouts.
AMES CLAIMS MW'S WEEKLY HONOR: UNLV baseball's Nick Ames was named the Mountain West's Player of the Week after he batted .500 with six extra-base hits and added eight RBI and six runs. This is the first weekly honor for the Rebel first baseman.
Ames went 6-for-12 with a pair of hits in all three contests at the UNLV-hosted Marucci Desert Classic. He smashed three home runs and legged out two doubles and one triple en route to a 1.583 slugging and .571 on-base percentage, which was aided by two walks.
In the season opener vs. Indiana State, the junior from Tucson, Arizona, had one home run and one double, which resulted in one RBI and two runs scored.
Against Oregon, he knocked in three RBI and scored one after reaching base via a triple and a double.
In the tournament finale vs. Loyola Marymount, he smashed two home runs; the first sparked the team's comeback bid from a 5-0 deficit, while the second evened the score at 9-all. He tied career highs in RBI and runs with four and three, respectively, against the Lions.
By virtue of his weekend output, Ames sits in a 13-way tie for first place nationally in home runs (three), fourth in runs per game (2.00), eighth in RBI per game (2.67) and 10th in runs (six).
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION: Columbia went 18-23 last year and finished Ivy League play in third place with a 12-9 mark. The Lions were picked to finish second in the conference behind the play of 2017 Ivy League Player of the Year Randell Kanemaru, a senior third baseman, and Rookie of the Year Julian Berry, a sophomore Julian Bury; both of whom were All-Ivy First Team selections. Additionally, the squad returns junior shortstop Joe Engel (All-Ivy Second Team), sophomore designated hitter Liam McGill (All-Ivy Second Team), junior right-handed pitcher Ian Burns (All-Ivy Honorable Mention) and junior first baseman Chandler Bengston (All-Ivy Second Team).
-UNLV vs. CU: The Rebels lead the series 3-1 with all four games played in Las Vegas during the 2010 campaign (March 5-7). The Scarlet & Gray won the first three contests (14-5, 11-4 and 13-12), but lost the finale to the Lions (8-6).
SEASON TICKETS: UNLV still has 26 home games remaining to be played 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.