UNLV To Host Rebel Classic

Feb. 26, 2013


LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -- UNLV will return home to Earl E. Wilson Stadium to host the Rebel Classic on Thursday. It will be the first time in since 2002 that the Rebels have hosted a tournament. Taking part in the 2013 Rebel Classic will be Loyola Marymount, Hawai'i and Bradley. The tournament opens on February 28th and will be played through Sunday, March 3rd. The Rebels will also play one more game on Monday March 4th against Hawai'i, which can be heard live on Fox Sports Radio 920.

Leading the Rebels from the plate this season has been senior Brandon Bayardi. He has started all eight of the Rebels' games and is hitting a .406 entering the Rebel Classic weekend. Freshman Joey Armstrong has played well too, hitting .321 with two doubles, a triple and five RBI. Armstrong also has three stolen bases and has yet to be caught. Sophomore Joey Swanner leads the Rebels with six RBI and is hitting .314. From the mound, junior Buddy Borden (1-1) has yet to allow an earned run in 15.2 innings pitched. He is second on the team in strikeouts with 12. Sophomore Erick Fedde (1-0) sports a 2.38 ERA with a team high 14 strikeouts in 11.1 innings. Freshman Kenny Oakley is coming off of his first collegiate win, shutting out Gonzaga 4-0. He pitched 7.0 innings and allowed only two hits and no runs.

Bradley started the season 0-5, being swept by Arkansas State and losing to Ball State and Lipscomb. The Braves are on a two game winning streak, after getting redemption at Lipscomb and against Ball State. Leading the Braves is Greg Partyka who is hitting .440 with three doubles and five RBI. Max Murphy is hitting .345 and one homerun. He leads the team with six RBI. From the mound Steve Adkins leads the team with 10.1 innings pitched and 10 strikeouts. He sports a 5.23 ERA and is 0-1 on the season.

This will be the first meeting between UNLV and Bradley. 

Loyola Marymount has started the season by playing all Pac-12 teams to start the year. The Lions opened season hosting Utah, and took two of three against the Utes. They then lost at USC and lost two of three at No. 14 Oregon. LMU is led by Cullen Mahoney who is hitting .375 from the plate. Tanner Donnells is hitting .333 and leads the team with five RBI. Like the Rebels, LMU has yet to record a homerun this season. The Lions have struggled on the base paths, only stealing three of 13 attempts. From the mound the Lions are led by Aaron Griffin who has started two games for LMU and has a 1-1 record. Griffin has pitched 13.2 innings, the most on the team and has an ERA of 0.66 with 11 strikeouts. Trevor Megill leads the team with 19 strikeouts in 13.0 innings pitched and has a 2.77 ERA. Before playing in the Rebel Classic, the Lions will faceoff against No. 21 UC Irvine.

The Rebels hold a 29-18 advantage over the Lions, but lost two of three last season. In Las Vegas, the Rebels are 21-8 against LMU, but haven't face the Lions at home since 2005. The Rebels also haven't beaten the Lions at Earl E. Wilson Stadium since March 2, 1999. 

Hawai'i has not started the season well at all, losing all eight contests. The silver lining however is that they have hosted national powers, No. 5 Oregon and No. 10 Rice. Hawai'i first hosted Oregon, losing four straight and only holding a one-run lead twice during the series. The Rainbows then hosted Rice and started the series with a 17-inning game that was blank on the scoreboard until the final inning when Rice beat Hawai'i 2-0. Rice would go on to defeat Hawai'i in the next three games. Leading the `Bows, with at least 10 at bats, is Adam Hurley who is hitting .296 and is tied for a team high with three RBI. Despite the Rainbows record, their pitching has been phenomenal. Matt Cooper has made two appearances out of the bullpen, striking out 11 in 10.2 innings pitched. Starter Scott Squier (0-1) holds a 1.54 ERA after pitching 11.2 innings with 11 strikeouts.

The Warriors hold a 16-12 advantage over the Rebels, but UNLV has a 5-0 advantage when playing in Las Vegas. The two teams have not met since 1999 and have not met in Las Vegas since 1983. 
UNLV heads back on the road to face nationally ranked Stanford. UNLV opens its three game series against the Cardinals on Friday, March 8 and will play through Sunday. After the game on Sunday the Rebels will return home before bussing to Cal State Bakersfield for a midweek game against the Roadrunners on Tuesday, March 12.