Rebels Open Conference Play At Home This Weekend|
March 1, 2018
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The Rebel baseball program returns to Las Vegas and Earl E. Wilson Stadium for a three-game, Mountain West series against the Fresno State Bulldogs this weekend. The conference set begins Friday night at 6:05 pm and continues through Saturday and Sunday at 2:05 pm and 1:05 pm, respectively.
The Scarlet & Gray enters the weekend with an 8-1 record, which is tied for the second-best start to a Rebel baseball season since the 1978 and 1985 squads achieved the same mark. Most recently, UNLV defeated the UC Riverside Highlanders, 6-1, Tuesday afternoon in Riverside, California, to extend its season-best wining streak to five games after a four-game sweep of Columbia (May 23-25).
The Bulldogs, on the other hand, carry a four-game winning streak into the weekend tilt after their 6-1 victory over the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. FS opened the season with four straight wins over Michigan State before it suffered back-to-back losses to UCSB (7-2) and Houston Baptist (2-0). The team rebounded by beating HBU the next three meetings prior to Tuesday's midweek vs. UCSB.
FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow along with this weekend's UNLV-Fresno State series through live stats and a video stream. A link to both will be made available at UNLVRebels.com.
Additionally, fans can keep up to date with real-time updates through the team's Twitter feed, @unlvbaseball.
ON DECK: The UNLV baseball team heads back to the Golden State next week for games in Bakersfield and Northridge, California. The Rebels will open their midweek jaunt Tuesday (6:00 pm at CSU Bakersfield. One day later, the Scarlet & Gray will tussle with CSUN at 2:05 pm.
PROMOTIONAL ITEMS OF INTEREST: This weekend's UNLV-Fresno State series has been billed as the "Staff Appreciation Series." UNLV faculty and staff will receive two (2) free tickets to any of this weekend's games when they show their official Rebel Card/UNLV I.D. at the Earl E. Wilson Stadium box office.
BACK AT EARL E.: The UNLV baseball team returns to Earl E. Wilson Stadium on March 9-12 for four nonconference games, three of which will be against the Big Ten's Iowa Hawkeyes and one more versus the Pac-12's Utah Utes. The Rebels and Hawkeyes will tussle March 9-11, while the Utes come travel south down I-15 on March 12.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION: Fresno State went 35-25 last year and finished Mountain West play in third place with an 18-12 mark. The Bulldogs wee picked to finish third in conference play; however, they garnered one first-place vote. The squad returns All-MW Second Team selection RHP Edgar Gonzalez and MW Co-Freshman of the Year Carter Bins, who shared honors with UNLV's Bryson Stott.
Gonzalez was tabbed to the MW's Baseball Preseason Team alongside the Rebels' Kyle Isbel and Stott. The right-handed pitcher has proven the seven conference head coaches right, thus far, as he has been tabbed the MW's Pitcher of the Week following the first two weekends of play. Through three appearances, two of which were starts, he is 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA in 16.0 innings of work. He has struck out 26 and allowed only one run off of eight hits and one walk.
-UNLV vs. FS: The Bulldogs lead the all-time series 52-34; however, the last four games have been split evenly, although FS has won six of the last eight and 13 of the last 16. UNLV won the last meeting, which was played in Las Vegas on May 7, 14-5, while FS took the first two games of that series 12-5 and 11-5 on May 5-6, respectively.
ABOUT THE REBELS: The UNLV baseball team sits 8-1 on the year and owns a .336 batting average with 27 doubles, 17 home runs and five triples. Additionally, the squad has scored 78 runs with 73 credited as RBI.
As noted to the right, the Rebel offense ranks within the top 10 of 12 different NCAA statistical categories through Thursday, February 28. They sit as high as third in doubles and slugging percentage (.606). They rank fourth in home runs (17) and home runs per game (1.89), and fifth in doubles per game (3.00). They sit sixth in triples (5) and seventh in hits (110).
The team has seven players with at least 10 hits on the season and four of those are hitting .364 or better.