Beuerlein Right In Line
Oct. 24, 2007
LAS VEGAS - UNLV baseball is well into Fall Ball, and after close to two weeks of action, there are several players who have had impressive camps, Rebel head coach Buddy Gouldsmith said.
REBEL RETURNER OF THE WEEK:
UNLV sophomore catcher Drew Beuerlein is the Returner of the Week as the native of Scottsdale, Ariz., has been drilling the ball at the plate thus far in fall camp. He is 6-13 (.461) and Beuerlein has rebounded after missing nearly half of his rookie campaign due to an elbow injury. Before his season was cut short, Beuerlein hit .324 (11-34) in 16 games, 12 of those starts, with a double and four RBI.
A natural catcher, Beuerlein has been working out at first base and also has been used as a designated hitter to give him the opportunity for more playing time.
"He is coming off an injury and we didn't really know what to expect, but he is swinging the bat really well," Gouldsmith said. "He has driven some balls and is doing a lot of good things. He is going to force us to figure out how to get him in the lineup."
REBEL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
This week's featured rookie is freshman pitcher Thomas Whitsett, who has put together a pair of dominating outings at the beginning of fall camp. In two appearances, Whitsett has yet to give up a run, striking out eight and walking just one in 7.0 innings of work. A graduate of Pleasant Valley High School in Chico, Calif., Whitsett seems well on his way to earning a spot in the Rebels' starting rotation.
"He is really going to compete as a freshman for the role of Friday night starter for us," Gouldsmith said. "He has been very dominating in the early going for us and is very competitive on the mound."
The team will practice on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday each week, with the final workout taking place on Nov. 18, and the Rebels will also hold intra-squad scrimmages on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Weekday practices begin at 1:30 p.m. (PDT) with scrimmages set to start at about 3:30 p.m. On the weekends practices begin at 10:00 a.m. with scrimmages getting underway at about 11:30 a.m. All scrimmages and practices are open to the public.
Fall Camp will culminate with the Scarlet-Gray World Series, which will begin Nov. 13 and run through the Nov. 18.