Rebels Picked To Finish Second

Feb. 10, 2012

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV baseball team was selected to finish second by coaches in the Mountain West’s annual preseason poll. Sic-time defending champion TCU was tabbed first, receiving all five first place votes.

The Rebels edged out third place New Mexico by a point while San Diego State was picked fourth with 12 points and Air Force following in fifth with seven points.

“It’s an honor to be picked that high,” said second-year skipper Tim Chambers. “Right now we’re focused on what we need to do on the field in order to have a successful season, and hopefully we put a few more names on that list and finish a little higher once the season has played out.”

UNLV also placed two players on the preseason squad including 2011 First Team All-Mountain West selection Brandon Bayardi. The junior Arizona native has led the Rebels in home runs and RBI each of the last two seasons and was recently voted one of the top three power hitters, pure hitters and the hitter conference coaches would least like to face.

Joining Bayardi is senior second baseman and right handed pitcher Scott Dysinger. Dysinger was second on the team in batting average last year, hitting .345 with 25 runs scored. The Las Vegas native is one of 19 locals on the 2012 roster and one of three Bishop Gorman products on this year’s squad.

UNLV will open the season on the road, traveling to Los Angeles for a three-game weekend series with Loyola Marymount, Feb. 17-19 before taking on UC Irvine on Feb. 20.

2012 Mountain West Preseason Poll
1. TCU (5) 25
2. UNLV 16
3. New Mexico 15
4. San Diego State 12
5. Air Force 7

2012 Mountain West Preseason All-Conference Team
C – Josh Elander, Jr., TCU
1B – D.J. Peterson, So., New Mexico
2B – Scott Dysinger, Sr., UNLV
3B – Jantzen Witte, Jr., TCU
SS – Alex Albritton, Jr., New Mexico
OF – Jason Coats, Sr., TCU
OF – Brance Rivera, Sr., TCU
OF – Cody Smith, So., San Diego State
UT/DH – Brandon Bayardi, Jr., UNLV
P – Andrew Mitchell, So., TCU
P – Cole Swanson, So., San Diego State