Rebels To Host Rival Wolf Pack

April 11, 2013

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LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (22-10, 7-5 Mountain West) resume Mountain West play in Las Vegas as they host in-state rival Nevada, Reno (17-15, 5-7 MW).  The Rebels are coming off of a series win over the weekend at Fresno State, but lost a midweek game against Arizona State. UNLV rallied on Friday and Saturday nights to win 9-8, both days, over the Bulldogs, but could not complete the sweep on Sunday, falling 5-3. On Wednesday, the Sun Devils jumped to an 8-0 lead and went on to win 11-3 over the Rebels. UNR has dropped its last four games, as the Wolf Pack was swept by San Diego State last weekend and San Francisco beat them on Tuesday. First pitch tomorrow is slated for 7:05 p.m.


SCOUTING THE REBELS
Leading the Rebels from the plate this season is are the Armstrong brothers. Junior college transfer Patrick Armstrong is hitting .348 in 24 games played. Younger brother Joey Armstrong has played in all 31 games this season for the Rebels and has a .331 batting average. Seniors Brandon Bayardi and Mark Shannon lead the club in hits (43) and RBI (24), respectively. Shannon also leads the club with 10 doubles, while Bayardi leads the team with five home runs. Shannon has also pitched well for UNLV and owns a 3-1 record to go with a 2.61 ERA. He is third on the team with 32 strikeouts. He made his first relief appearance of the season against Air Force, coming from his usual starting spot of center field to the mound. Junior Buddy Borden (3-1) currently has a 2.19 ERA which is not only the best on the Rebel staff, but is also the best in the Mountain West. Sophomore Erick Fedde (4-0) sports a 2.48 ERA and leads the team with 49 strikeouts in 54.1 innings. From the bullpen, senior Andy Beresford has seen the most action, pitching 16.1 innings of relief. He has a team best 5-0 record and four saves to go along with a 2.76 ERA.

SCOUTING THE WOLF PACK
Nevada, Reno (17-15, 5-7 MW) comes into the the weekend series against UNLV on a four game skid, losing three to San Diego State and one to San Francisco. The Wolf Pack have also lost five of their last seven games. UNR started the year 9-4, but are 8-11 since the Pack's hot start. Most recently the Pack lost to San Diego State 2-0 last Friday, 5-4 on Saturday and 8-1 on Sunday, as they were swept by the Aztecs in San Diego, Calif. They returned to Reno, Nev. for one game against San Francisco, where they lost 4-1. Before the San Diego State series, UNR played an exhibition game against the minore league AAA Reno Aces, losing 11-6. Following the UNLV series, the Wolf Pack will travel back to Reno to host UC Davis next week and resume Mountain West play against New Mexico. Leading the Wolf Pack from the plate this season is  Brooks Klein. He has played in all 32 games for the Pack and has a .352 average. He leads the team in hits (43) and is second in RBI (23). Austin Byler leads the team with 28 RBI and has hit seven home runs, which is also a team-high. Byler is second in batting average with .350. From the mound, UNR is led by Braden Shipley. He owns a 4-1 record to go with a 2.30 ERA and has struck out a team-high 57 batters in 58.2 innings. The Wolf Pack's Saturday starter Tyler Wells also has a 4-1 record to go with a 3.33 ERA. He has struck out 31 batters in 46.0 innings. UNR's Sunday starter will be Tom Jameson who is winless on the season with an 0-6 record to go with a 7.59 ERA. He has struck out 21 batters in 40.1 innings. 
 
NEVADA, RENO SERIES HISTORY
This will be the first time that the Rebels and Wolf Pack have met as conference foes since 1996 when both teams were members of the Big West Conference. UNLV has won four of the last six games, sweeping UNR in Reno March 4-6, 2011, but dropped two of three to the Pack last season. Overall the Rebels lead the series 70-48.

ON DECK
After the weekend series against Nevada, Reno, UNLV will play a midweek game at UC Riverside before hosting Mountain West foe San Diego State. The Rebels will play the Highlanders at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday and will play the Aztecs at 6:05 p.m. on Friday, 2:05 p.m. on Saturday and 1:05 p.m. on Sunday.

GOVERNOR'S SERIES PRESENTED BY NV ENERGY
This weekend's three-game MW series against Nevada, Reno is part of the Governor's Series Presented by NV Energy. Three points will be awarded to the winner of the six-game baseball series with the Wolf Pack that will be completed on May 10-12 when the Rebels travel to Reno, Nev. If each team wins three games the conference tournament could determine who receives the three points.

On October 8, 2012 Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval announced the launch of the Governor's Series, presented by NV Energy. This historic, new competition establishes a formal head-to-head athletic and academic challenge between longtime rivals -- the UNLV Rebels and the Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack. The all-encompassing competition will annually crown one school the winner of the Governor's Series.

UNLV is currently leading 13.5-10.5. Nevada, Reno earned three points in football, cross country and indoor track & field, plus a split of the three points in soccer to total 10.5. The Rebels earned three points in volleyball, swimming and diving, men's basketball and women's basketball plus 1.5 in the soccer split.