Golden State Of Mind
March 10, 2011
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -
Leading Off: After hosting three of the first four weekends of the 2011 season, the UNLV Rebels hit the road for three consecutive weekends and 15 of their next 16 games.
UNLV heads to the Santa Barbara, Calif., this weekend for five games at the Gaucho Classic II. The Rebels will face the host UC Santa Barbara Gauchos and San Diego Toreros twice each and Wisconsin once.
They open up action on Friday with back-to-back games against UCSB (9:00 am) and San Diego (11:00 am). On Saturday, they'll play a single contest against San Diego (2:00 pm). They close out tournament play on Sunday with games against Wisconsin (9:30 am) and UC Santa Barbara (11:45 am).
Gaucho Classic II Schedule
Friday, March 11 09:00 am UC Santa Barbara vs. UNLV 11:00 am San Diego vs. UNLV 01:15 pm San Diego vs. Wisconsin 03:15 pm UC Santa Barbara vs. Wisconsin
On Deck: The UNLV Rebels return home for its only remaining home game in March, as they host the Western Illinois Leathernecks on Wednesday, March 16 (3:00 pm).
Van Acker Claims MWC Award: The UNLV Rebels Tayler Van Acker has been named the Mountain West Conference's Player of the Week for games played from Feb. 28-March 6. This is the second consecutive week that a Rebel has claimed the award, as Pauline Monreal did so last week.
Van Acker, a freshman from Anaheim, Calif., hit safely in all five games last weekend at UNLV's Eller Media Stadium Classic. She recorded a .500 batting average, as she went 8-for-16 at the plate in five starts. She began the tournament with an RBI-single and scored a run against San Diego. She followed that up with a 1-for-1 performance against Troy, which included a game-tying, RBI-single in the sixth inning, followed by a game-winning RBI off a sacrifice fly in the seventh. On Saturday, she went a combined 4-for-7 with two runs scored in wins over Bradley and Kansas. In the Classic's finale, she came up big scoring a game-tying run in the sixth, which helped propel the game into extra innings. With San Jose State holding a 2-1 eighth-inning lead, she doubled home the tying run and then came around later to score the game-winner. Defensively, she was perfect in the field going 14-for-14 in putouts.
Looking Back A Weekend: The UNLV Rebels went 4-1 last weekend at their own Eller Media Stadium classic. UNLV lost its first game to San Diego, but rebounded with four straight wins over the likes of Troy, Bradley, Kansas and San Jose State.
The Rebels had six players hit .300 or better and have three or more hits. Tayler Van Acker's .500 (8-for-16) led the team, while Ashli Holland hit .450 (9-for-20). Stefany Valentino (.353), Paige Emerson (.333), Pauline Monreal (.313) and Rayna Bradshaw (.300) rounded out the six pack of players.
In the circle, Amanda Oliveto made four appearances with three coming via starts. Oliveto notched three wins, all in complete-game fashion, to one loss (in relief). She threw 20.1 innings and owned an ERA of 2.07. She suffered a loss to San Diego (Feb. 4) in a brief relief stint, but rebound ed with wins over Troy (Feb. 4), Kansas (Feb. 5) and San Jose State (Feb. 6).