Rebels Travel Down I-15 For Four Games
March 21, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV Rebels (16-5, 1-2) will head back on the road this weekend to continue Mountain West play against San Diego State (9-11, 2-1). The Aztecs are most recently coming off of a 12-2 victory over Long Beach State on Tuesday. They opened MW play last weekend at Fresno State and took two of three against the Bulldogs. After the three game series against the Aztecs, UNLV will play a Monday game against No. 25 San Diego (14-6) before returning to Las Vegas. The Toreros will play a three-game set at Gonzaga before hosting the Rebels.
Leading the Rebels from the plate this season is senior Mark Shannon. He is batting .386 and has a team-high 32 hits. He also is leads the team with 17 RBI and is tied for a team high seven doubles with Erik VanMeetren. Shannon has also pitched well for the Rebels and owns a 3-0 record to go with a 1.61 ERA. He is third on the team with 26 strikeouts. Junior Buddy Borden (2-1) currently has a 1.23 ERA which is the best on the Rebel staff for starters. He also leads team in strikeouts with 29. Sophomore Erick Fedde (3-0) sports a 2.25 ERA and is second on the team with 28 strikeouts in 32.0 innings. From the bullpen, senior Andy Beresford has been the strongest pitcher, posting a 3-0 record to go along with a 0.84 ERA. He earned his third save of the year against New Mexico on Saturday, striking out the final two batters with the tying run on third.
SCOUTING THE AZTECS
San Diego State (10-11, 2-1) got off to a great start, as the Aztecs swept No. 12 San Diego in its brand new ball park. SDSU was then swept by Oregon State and split a two game series against Santa Clara. After the Aztecs sweep of Seton Hall, they returned to the road and lost six straight games to Arkansas (4), UC Irvine (1) and Fresno State (1). Most recently, SDSU is coming off of a series win at Fresno State, winning the last two games of the series, and then returning home to beat Long Beach State. The Aztecs are led by Jake Romanski as he is hitting .389. Tim Zier leads the team with 14 RBI and has yet to be thrown out on the base paths in six attempts. From the mound Ethan Miller has been stellar, posting a 1.80 ERA in eight appearances, including one start. Michael Cederoth leads the team with 31 strikeouts.
SAN DIEGO STATE SERIES HISTORY
San Diego State has owned the overall series between the Aztecs and the Rebels, leading 68-45. UNLV has struggled as of late, winning only three of the last 21 games dating back to 2009. Only one of those wins came at Tony Gwynn Stadium, an that was last year when the Rebels won 5-4 on May 6. SDSU and UNLV last met in the conference tournament where the Aztecs won 15-9.
SCOUTING THE TOREROS
San Diego got off to a rough start to the year by being swept by cross-town rival San Diego State in the season opening series. But since then, the Toreros have only lost three other games and have beaten No. 10 Cal State Fullerton, Stony Brook and are most recently coming off of a three-game sweep of West Coast Conference foe BYU. Before facing UNLV on Monday, USD will travel to Gonzaga for a three-game set. Leading the charge for the Toreros is Kris Bryant. He is hitting .391 and leads the country with 11 home runs. He also leads the team with 22 RBI. From the mound USD is led by P.J. Conlon (4-0). He has a 1.50 ERA and 23 strikeouts. Michael Wagner (1-1) leads the team with 30 strikeouts.
SAN DIEGO SERIES HISTORY
UNLV and San Diego have only met 28 times, 22 of those games came before the turn of the century. The most recent meeting was in 2007. The two teams met for a home-and-home, three-game series in 2006 in San Diego and then in Las Vegas in 2007. The Rebels won only one of the six contests in the that time. UNLV owns the longest winning streak in the overall series, winning seven straight. The Rebels and the Toreros will meet one more time this season on May 6 at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.
After the Monday afternoon contest, UNLV will return to Las Vegas and continue Mountain West play against Air Force. The Rebels will play a three game series against the Falcons starting on Friday, March 29 and playing through Sunday, March 31.