Rebels Return Home To Host The Beavers
May 2, 2014
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels return to Las Vegas for their final five games of the 2014 regular season beginning with a pair this weekend against the Oregon State Beavers. The two-game, non-conference set will begin Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 6:00 pm, while Sunday's finale is slated for noon (12:00 pm).
Both UNLV and Oregon State have byes this week in Mountain West and Pac-12 play, respectively, which allowed for this late out-of-conference meeting.
ABOUT OREGON STATE: The Oregon State Beavers travel to Las Vegas for a two-game series after sweeping Portland State in a doubleheader Tuesday in Corvallis, Ore. Oregon State had lost nine straight and 10 its last 11 - all in Pac-12 play - prior to the victories over PSU.
Both the Beavers and Rebels participated in the UCLA/Cal State Northridge Invitational in early March. Since there trip to Southern California, OSU has gone 6-26 with 19 (3-16) of those 22 games coming against conference competition.
MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT: Saturday's softball game between UNLV and Oregon State has been deemed "Military Appreciation Night." All fans with a military I.D. will receive two free tickets to the contest, while the first 100 people through the gates will get a special giveaway. As always, children 12 and under are admitted free to Rebel softball games.
WATCH GAMES ONLINE: Fans that are unable to attend either game between UNLV and Oregon State this weekend will be able to watch both games online through the Mountain West Network. Links for each contest as well as live stats will be provided at UNLVRebels.com.
ON DECK: The UNLV Rebels will stay in Las Vegas to close out the 2014 regular season May 8-10 against the Utah State Aggies. The three-game series will be played Thursday through Saturday with the first pitch for the opening two games scheduled for 6:00 pm. Saturday's contest, which is also "Senior Day" is slated to begin at 1:00 pm.
BLANDO EARNS PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOD: The UNLV softball program had one of its own earn Mountain West Player of the Week honors for the second straight week, as Garie Blando was recognized for her efforts in six games against MW foes. It's the first weekly recognition for the Rebel sophomore.
Blando, a native of Chino Hills, Calif., helped the Scarlet & Gray to a split of its conference games against San Diego State and Fresno State. Hitting in the lead-off spot, she led the Rebels in batting average (.571/12-for-21), runs (six), hits (12), total bases (16), slugging percentage (.762) and on-base percentage (.609).
In the SDSU series, she hit .727 with eight hits in 11 at-bats with five runs and four RBI. In game 1 of a doubleheader with the Aztecs she went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. She followed that outing trying a Rebel single-game record with five hits that in turn led to a score in each of her at-bats with three runs and two RBI. In game three, she led off the affair with a solo home run in a 1-for-2 day.
Against Fresno State, she hit .400 with four hits in 10 at-bats. In Saturday's twin bill, she went 1-for-4 in game one and followed that up with a 3-for-4 showing and one run in the nightcap. Prior to Sunday's 0-for-2 outing, she had successfully hit safely in 17 straight games.
Defensively, she owned a fielding percentage of .973 with only one error in 36 chances (nine putouts and 27 assists) for the week.
RECORD-BOOK REWRITES: The UNLV Rebels three players that would rank in the top 10 in the program's single-season offense record book, if the season were to end today.
Pauline Monreal has etched her name into the RBI and home runs categories this season. Monreal sits second overall in RBI with 52 - needs six to tie Kim Rondina's 58 RBI in 1995. She is also tied for 10th in home runs with 12 with Marissa Nichols (2010) and Jaci Hull (2007 and '09).
Garie Blando is eighth in both batting average (.403) and on-base percentage (.486). Blando sits outside the top 10 in both hits and hit-by-pitch.