Rebels To Host Lobos For Weekend Series
March 15, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The No. 21 UNLV Rebels will return to the friendly confines of Earl E. Wilson this weekend and host the preseason Mountain West favorite New Mexico. On Friday the two will play at 6:05 p.m., on Saturday the game time has been changed to 12:05 p.m. and on Sunday the two will meet at 1:05 p.m. The Rebels are coming off of a three-game sweep at then No. 9 Stanford and midweek game at CSU Bakersfield. UNLV held off a late Roadrunner rally on Tuesday to win its 10th consecutive game. The Lobos are coming off of a 4-3 loss against No. 13 Arizona State on Wednesday and they split a four-game series with UC Riverside last weekend.
SCOUTING THE REBELS
Leading the Rebels from the plate this season is senior Brandon Bayardi. He is batting .386 and has a team-high 27 hits. He also leads the team with two triples and is the only Rebel to hit a home run this season. Sophomore Erik VanMeetren is second on the team in batting average with .368. He is tied for a team high seven doubles with senior Mark Shannon. Shannon has started all 17 of the Rebels’ games and is hitting a .362. He has also started two games for UNLV on the mound and owns a 2-0 record with a 0.86 ERA. He has struck out 21 batters in 21.0 innings. Sophomore Joey Swanner leads the team with 13 RBI. From the mound, junior Buddy Borden (2-1) allowed his first earned run of the season after pitching 25.0 innings with allowing one. He currently has a 0.64 ERA which is the best on the Rebel staff. He also leads team in strikeouts with 24. Sophomore Erick Fedde (3-0) sports a 2.25 ERA and is second on the team with 22 strikeouts in 24.0 innings. He went up against Stanford’s Mark Appel on Friday night and was able to get his third win of the season. John Richy had his best outing against Stanford, pitching a complete game, two-hitter to earn his second win of the year. From the bullpen, senior Andy Beresford has been the strongest pitcher, posting a 3-0 record to go along with a 0.93 ERA. He earned his second save of the year at CSU Bakersfield on Tuesday.
SCOUTING THE LOBOS
New Mexico, predicted to be the best team in the Mountain West this season by the coaches’ preseason poll, has not gotten the start it was looking for. UNM lost its first series of the year on opening weekend to Oklahoma State, winning only one game. The Lobos then traveled to the Kleberg Bank College Classic in Corpus Christi, Texas and beat Texas A&M Corpus Christi but lost to Iowa and No. 16 Oklahoma. Next up was a trip to Nebraska where UNM lost two games. They were able to string a three together, beating La Salle twice and the first game of a four-game series against UC Riverside. Most recently the Lobos lost 4-3 to Arizona State on Wednesday. Leading the Lobo charge is All-American DJ Peterson. He is hitting .476 on the year and leads the team in hits (30), runs (26), RBI (22) and home runs (8). Peterson was named the MW player of the week, due in part to going 12-for-15 with three home runs in the four-game series against UC Riverside. He is also the reigning Co-MW Player of the Year, an award he shared with his teammate Mitch Garver. Garver is hitting .364 this season and has yet to hit a home run. A.J. Carmann is leading the Lobos from the mound this season with a 4.67 ERA, the lowest among the UNM starters. Josh Walker and Gabe Aguilar come out of the bullpen for New Mexico and have pitched well this season. Aguilar has not allowed a run and only two hits in 6.0 innings and has struck out seven. Walker has struck out a team-high 23 in 19.0 innings pitched. He also leads the team with two saves on the season.
NEW MEXICO SERIES HISTORY
UNLV and New Mexico have a very rich baseball history where the Rebels hold a 79-60 advantage over the Lobos. However, New Mexico has won six of the last seven games, including a sweep of UNLV in Albuquerque. The Lobos own the longest win streak in the series as they were able to beat the Rebels 10 straight times from 1999 until 2001.
The No. 21 UNLV Rebels, who are coming off of a three-game sweep at then No. 9 Stanford, are ranked for the first time in a decade. The Rebels broke into Baseball America’s poll on Monday at No. 21 and was also ranked No. 24 by Perfect Game and No. 25 by Collegiate Baseball News. After receiving votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association last week, UNLV is ranked No. 28 in this week’s poll.
UNLV will host former conference foe, BYU on Monday, March 18. It will be the first time that the Rebels will play the Cougars in a non-conference game since 1996. After the Monday afternoon contest, the Rebels will head back on the road to face San Diego State.