Rebels Head To Stanford
March 7, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV heads back on the road this weekend to face No. 9 Stanford at Sunken Diamond in Palo Alto, Calif. The Cardinal are skippered by Mark Marquess, who is in his 37th season as Stanford’s head coach. They are currently 10-2 on the year and are on a nine game winning streak. You can watch the game live here http://pac-12.com/live/gostanford.aspx or listen live on UNLVRebels.com. After the Rebels' series on the farm, UNLV will return home and then bus to Bakersfield, Calif. to face the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners. The Roadrunners, in their fourth year of existence, are off to an 8-4 start with wins over Nebraska and USC. Before hosting the Rebels on Tuesday, they will travel to UC Davis for a three game series with the Aggies.
Leading the Rebels from the plate this season is been senior Mark Shannon. He has started all 13 of the Rebels’ games and is hitting a .382 entering the weekend series with Stanford. Shannon has also started two games for UNLV and owns a 1-0 record. He has a 1.29 ERA and has struck out 13 batters in 14 innings. Fellow senior Brandon Bayardi leads the team with two triples on the season and is hitting .377. Freshman Justin Jones leads the team with 12 RBI and is hitting .375 on the year. From the mound, junior Buddy Borden (1-1) has yet to allow an earned run in 21.2 innings pitched. He is second on the team in strikeouts with 18. Sophomore Erick Fedde (2-0) sports a 2.00 ERA with a team high 21 strikeouts in 18.0 innings. From the bullpen, senior Andy Beresford has been the strongest pitcher, posting a 3-0 record to go along with a 1.08 ERA. He also has one save on the year.
SCOUTING THE CARDINAL
Stanford started the season 1-2 at No. 17 Rice, winning only the second game of the series. Since the Cardinal’s last loss, the have rattled off nine straight wins, including a three-game sweep of No. 22 Texas. Most recently Stanford is coming off of a 6-4 victory at Santa Clara. Leading the Cardinal from the dish is junior first basemen Brian Ragira. He is hitting .333 on the season and leads the club with five doubles. Danny Diekroeger leads the team with two home runs this season and is tied with Austin Slater with seven RBI. The Cardinal pitching staff has been out of this world through the first 12 games of the season. As a whole they have a combined ERA of 1.77 in 107 innings of work. Bobby Zarubin leads all starters with a 0.96 ERA. Consensus Preseason All-American Mark Appel holds a 1.17 ERA and has pitched two complete games. Appel also leads the team with 28 strikeouts.
STANFORD SERIES HISTORY
The Rebels hold a 4-3 advantage in the overall series against Stanford. They are also 4-2 when playing in Palo Alto, Calif. The two teams have only met once in the last 10 years, and the Cardinals got the best the Rebels 10-4 in the NCAA Regionals. The two haven’t met in the regular season since 1994.
SCOUTING THE ROADRUNNERS
CSU Bakersfield has gotten off to a strong start in 2013. They have wins over Nebraska and USC, which have helped them get to 8-4 on the year. Most recently the Roadrunners are coming off of a loss against nationally ranked UC Irvine. Before UNLV travels to Bakersfield, CSUB will play at UC Davis. The Roadrunners are playing in their first season of the Western Athletic Conference, a conference the Rebels dominated in the late 1990s. Leading CSUB this season is Dylan Christensen, who is hitting .413 and has started all 12 games for the Roadrunners. He also leads the team with 10 RBI on the year. Christensen has also pitched well for CSUB, leading the team with two saves and sports a 1.08 ERA in six relief appearances. The Roadrunners top starter is Scott Brattvet, who owns a 2-0 record and has a 1.64 ERA to go along with a team-high 20 strikeouts. The Rebels are projected to face Taylor Aikenhead who is 2-1 on the year with a 3.50 ERA.
CSU BAKERSFIELD SERIES HISTORY
The Rebels hold a 2-0 advantage over the Roadrunners, who just started a baseball program in 2009. This will be UNLV’s first trip to CSU Bakersfield for a baseball game.
UNLV will return home to open conference play against New Mexico. The Rebels will play their three game series starting Friday, March 15 and will play through Sunday. After the series, UNLV will host former conference foe, BYU on Monday, March 18. It will be the first time in two years that the Rebels will play the Cougars.