Rebels Ready For Scarlet & Gray World Series|
Nov. 3, 2016
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Just days after playing a contest against a squad of Rebel alumni, the UNLV baseball team will split into two for its annual Scarlet & Gray World Series at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The three-game series is scheduled to begin Friday and continue next week with games two and three set for November 8 (Tuesday) and 11 (Friday). First pitch is slated for 9:15 am all three days. Fans are encouraged to attend and admission is free.
Scarlet claimed the 2015 series in sweeping fashion, and all three wins were by identical 4-3 scores. Leading the team this year will be Payton Squier, a junior, and a member of the winning side from one year ago. Fellow juniors Christian Myers and Andrew Schultz will serve as Scarlet's associate head coach and pitching coach, respectively."
"Picking this team was easy," noted Squier. "I had a group of guys that I wanted and thought would compete at a high level, and I got those specific guys. I wanted the guys who have a lot of energy and show up every day. It's a three-game series and, hopefully, we walk away with all three games. Christian Myers, my associate head coach, and I are coming up with a strong plan and hope it works to our advantage. Ultimately, it comes down to rule No. 76 -- no excuses, play like a champion!"
Besides Squier and Myers, the Scarlet squad will be comprised of Austin Anderson, Zachary Barnhart, Blaze Bohall, Connor Clark, Ernie de la Trinidad, Jake Lewis, Michael Macove, Cruz Nevarez, Corey Pool, Grant Robbins, Carlos Robles, Nick Rodriguez, Max Smith, Alan Strong and Vince Taormina.
Senior Justin Jones transitions to the Gray dugout this year after he helped guide the Scarlet to its 2015 championship. Jones hopes to return his new team to its winning ways after it had won back-to-back titles in 2013 and '14. He will have Paul Richy by his side as his pitching coach.
"They're (Scarlet) pretty slim on pitching, so we're looking to get to their bullpen pretty quick and go from there," stated Jones. "I like this team a lot and I love the way we've been practicing. I'm just trying to pick up where I left off last year and coming off a three-game sweep, so I plan on going back-to-back, and I have the boys to do it with."
Jones has put together a group that consists of Keyon Allen, Nick Ames, Bryson Stott, Cooper Esmay, Tevita Gerber, Cody Howard, Kyle Isbel, Chase Maddux, Bryan Menendez, Drew Newson, Garrett Poole, Larry Quaney, Cameron Sepede, Zack Stockton, Caleb Summerhays and Corey Wilson.