Rebels Head Back West For Midweek Games|
March 5, 2018
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The Rebel baseball program, which is off the second-best start in program history, enters this week ranked No. 23 in College Baseball's NCAA Division I Poll. UNLV will take its 11-1 overall record and eight-game win streak to the Golden State for a pair of road contests against the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners (Tuesday/6:00 pm) and CSUN Matadors (Wednesday/2:00 pm).
The Scarlet & Gray is coming off a perfect 4-0 week that saw them defeat UC Riverside, 6-1, on the road before it returned home to sweep the Fresno State Bulldogs in a trio of one-run affairs to open up Mountain West play.
CSUB (5-8) went 3-2 last week with an 8-1 loss at home to CSUN before it rebounded with a 3-1 mark in a road trip to face the Portland Pilots. Prior to the trip to the Pacific Northwest, the Roadrunners were 2-7 with five of those losses coming in succession.
CSUN (8-4) is fresh off a 3-1 run at the GCU Classic in Phoenix with a pair of wins over Valparaiso and a split against host Grand Canyon. The Matadors began the year 1-3 after a four-game set at home against BYU; however, they rebounded with three wins over Manhattan and one more over CSUB.
REBELS RANKED: The UNLV baseball team entered Collegiate Baseball's NCAA Division I Baseball Poll at No. 23 this week. The Rebels last appeared in the newspaper's poll on April 28, 2014, when the squad was No. 27.
After starting the year 3-1, UNLV has rattled off eight straight wins with a four-game sweep of Columbia followed by a midweek win at UC Riverside and, most recently, a three-game sweep of Mountain West-foe Fresno State. The win streak is the longest, to date, since the 2013 squad reeled off 10 straight.
The team's 11-1 start is the second best in program history and only trails the 1971 squad's 15-1 opening to its campaign.
Prior to the No. 27 ranking in CBN's week 11 poll in 2014, the Scarlet & Gray was mentioned in all five major polls: No. 16 Perfect Game, No. 20 Baseball America, No. 25 CBN and receiving votes in ESPN and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's polls. The Rebels finished `14 at the NCAA Tournament's Corvallis Regional, and with a 36-25 overall record and a Mountain West regular-season title backed by a 20-10 conference record.
In 2015, UNLV received votes in the preseason, week one and two polls published by CBN and NCBWA as well as in week one and two in D1 Baseball's poll.
FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow along with this week's games through live stats, which will be provided through UNLVRebels.com. Additionally, fans can listen to the radio broadcast of the UNLV-CSUB affair, while the UNLV-CSUN contest will be streamed live via the CSUN Sports Network, and those, too, can be found at UNLVRebels.com.
Fans can keep up to date with real-time updates through the team's Twitter feed, @unlvbaseball, as well.
ON DECK: The UNLV baseball team returns to Wilson Stadium next weekend for a three-game, nonconference series against the Big Ten's Iowa Hawkeyes (8-2). Game one is scheduled for Friday at 6:05 pm with games two (2:05 pm) and three (1:05 pm) slated for Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
SEASON TICKETS: UNLV still has 19 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.