Rebels Head To Riverside For First Road Game Of The Year|
Feb. 26, 2018
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The Rebel baseball program hits the road for the first time this season with a trip to Riverside, California, to face the UC Riverside Highlanders Tuesday afternoon. First pitch between UNLV and UCR is slated for 3:00 pm at the Riverside Sports Complex.
The Scarlet & Gray enters the weekend with a 7-1 mark, the best recorded through an eight-game span since the 2011 edition also began 7-1. The Rebels are fresh off a four-game sweep of the Columbia Lions at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. UNLV outscored the New York City squad 45-13, and did so with the help of its offense scoring no less than eight runs in any game and three times in double figures, while it's pitching and defense limited the Lions to three or less runs in three outings.The Highlanders, on the other hand, enter the midweek affair - its first home game of the year - with a 4-3 overall record. UCR opened the season in Tempe, Arizona, with a 2-2 mark after it had won once and lost once to both Washington State and Nebraska. This past weekend, UCR traveled to Seattle to face Washington; however, the host Huskies got the best of the Highlanders winning two of the three meetings.
FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow along with Tuesday's UNLV-UC Riverside contest through live stats and a video stream (weather permitting). A link to the statistics link will be made available 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 return to Las Vegas for its third straight weekend of action. The Rebels will open their Mountain West slate with a three-game series against the Fresno State Bulldogs at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. Game one is slated for 6:05 pm Friday evening, while game two and three will take place in the afternoon with 2:05 and 1:05 pm start times, respectively.
STARTING OFF: The UNLV baseball team's 7-1 start to the season is tied with the 1973 and 2011 squads - both of which were 7-1 - for the fourth-best mark in program history with only one loss. The 1971 edition is first overall at 15-1, while the 1978 and 1985 teams are next at 8-1.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION: UC Riverside went 22-32 last year and finished Big West Conference play in a tie for eighth place with a 8-16 mark. The Highlanders were picked to finish eighth in the conference behind the play of 2017 All-Big West Second Team selection Colby Schultz
-UNLV vs. UCR: The Highlanders lead the all-time series 24-18; however, the Rebels have won four of the last five, including the last two played in Riverside during the 2016 season. The teams split the two-game set in Las Vegas with UCR taking game one (February 28), 11-9, and UNLV winning game two, 8-7, backed by a four-run, ninth-inning rally that was capped by a three-run, walk-off home run by Nick Ames.
SEASON TICKETS: UNLV still has 22 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.