UNLV and Southern Utah Set for Tuesday Night Under the Lights
March 12, 2012
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LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team will continue action this week at home, hosting Southern Utah University Tuesday night at Wilson Stadium.
The Rebels (9-7) are coming off a series win over Washington State this past weekend, their first weekend series win of the season. UNLV will host Southern Utah for the second straight Tuesday, having defeated the T-Birds 14-3 last week in a game that featured wind gusts up to 65 miles per hour.
Probable Pitching Matchup
Tyler Iodence (0-0, 6.75 ERA) vs. Bryson Kenolio (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
HOME SWEET HOME
After spending the first two weekends and seven games on the road, the UNLV baseball team embarked on a 13-game home stand that kicked off Feb. 28 against CSU Bakersfield.
The Rebels are 6-3 through the first nine games, including a series sweep over CSUB. UNLV will host Southern Utah Tuesday and open up Mountain West action this weekend, welcoming rival TCU to Wilson stadium for a three-game set to mark the backend of the current home stand.
SCOUTING THE T-BIRDS
Southern Utah enters Tuesday night’s matchup with the Rebels in the midst of a six-game losing streak dating back to March 2. The T-Birds will be making their second of three trips to Wilson Stadium this week, with the third and final trip coming March 27.
Marcus Romero leads the SUU squad in batting at .278 (15-for-54) and nearly every other major offensive category, including hits (15), home runs (2), RBI (10), total bases (23) and stolen bases (6-for-6). Bryson Kenolio brings a .278 average to the plate in 12 games played this season. Kenolio has 10 hits, including three for extra bases and four RBI on the year.
UNLV and Southern Utah will meet for the 114th time in a series that dates back to the 1967 season. The Rebels have met the T-Birds on the diamond more than any other opponent in the program’s history.
The Rebels hold a 94-18-1 lead in the series and have not lost a home game to teh T-Birds since Feb. 5, 2000, an 11-game streak. In fact, UNLV has only dropped two home games against SUU since the 1985 season.
The two teams will face each other twice more in 2012 following this week’s game, once in Las Vegas (March 27th) and once in Cedar City (April 3), marking the final meeting as SUU has announced it will drop the baseball program following the 2012 season, bringing an end to a historic rivalry.