Rebels Host Nebraska-Omaha This Weekend

April 12, 2012

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LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com)
- The UNLV baseball team will look to get back on track this weekend as it takes a break from Mountain West action to host Nebraska-Omaha for a four-game series at Wilson Stadium.

The Rebels (14-18, 2-10 Mountain West) enter the game with fresh legs after not having played a midweek game for the first time this season. UNLV was swept in a three-game series against San Diego State April 5-7 in Las Vegas most recently.

UNLV will be meeting its third first-time opponent of the season, having previously played Texas A&M Corpus Christi at the Kleberg Bank College Classic for the first time and hosting CSU Bakersfield in a two-game midweek set in Las Vegas.

Pitching Rotation
Game 1 - Zak Qualls (3-2, 3.10 ERA) vs. Andrew Reck (1-3, 3.55 ERA)
Game 2 - Erick Fedde (2-3, 3.26 ERA) vs. Matt Tew (1-3, 5.23 ERA)
Game 3 - Joe Robinson (2-4, 4.01 ERA) vs. Josh Bullock (0-3, 6.75 ERA)
Game 4 - Buddy Borden (0-3, 4.82 ERA) vs. Zach Williamsen (2-1, 2.83 ERA)

LONG WEEKEND
  The UNLV baseball team will host Nebraska-Omaha this weekend in a four-game series at Wilson Stadium, kicking off at 6:05 p.m. Friday night.
  The Rebels will be playing their first doubleheader of the 2012 season on Saturday. In 2011, UNLV opened with doubleheader weekends in each of the first two weeks of the season and added two more within the first month and a half, posting a 7-1 record in those games.
  The four-game set with the Mavericks will mark the end of a seven-game home stand for UNLV.

SCOUTING NEBRASKA-OMAHA
  Nebraska-Omaha kicks off a 17-game roadtrip this weekend with its four-game series in Las Vegas. The Mavericks, transitioning to Division I, will enter the Summit League beginning with the 2012 season.
  UNO is 10-22 on the year and enters the game coming on off a 9-1 win over North Dakota State on Sunday in Omaha.
  Colby McCord leads the team in batting (.369, 45-for-122) and has totaled 15 doubles, two home runs, one triple and 14 RBI in 31 games played, having made 30 starts. McCord leads the way with a .5557 slugging percentage and has drawn 16 walks while maintaining a .987 fielding percentage at first base.
  Brady Hohl is hitting .301 (43-for-143) with 12 doubles two home runs and 18 RBI in 32 starts for the Mavs.
  Andrew Reck will be the Friday night starter for the Mavs. Reck enters the game with a 1-3 record and 3.55 ERA in 33.0 innings of work including seven starts this year. He ranks third on the team with 23 strikeouts.
  Matt Tew (1-3, 5.23 ERA) will throw game one in Saturday’s double dip for UNO. Tew has logged a team-high 41.1 innings on the hill, striking out a staff-best 31 batters in nine starts.
  Josh Bullock will toe the hill in game two Saturday looking for his first win of the year. Bullock is 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA in 21.1 innings of work, including four starts.
  Zach Williamsen will close out the series on the mound for the Mavs. Williamsen is 2-1 with a team-low 2.83 ERA in eight appearances, including two starts. He has totaled 28.2 innings of work and struck out 17 batters while walking 10.

NEBRASKA-OMAHA SERIES NOTES
-Friday’s game will mark the first in series history between UNLV and Nebraska-Omaha
-UNO will make the move to the Summit League beginning with the 2012 season. UNLV’s only Summit League opponent this season was Southern Utah, with the Rebels posting a 4-0 record against the Thunderbirds in the season series

COMMON FOLK
  UNLV and Nebraska-Omaha have never met on the diamond, but the two teams have several common opponents this year.
  The Rebels took a three-game series from Washington State earlier this year in Las Vegas and fell to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at the 2012 Kleberg Bank College Classic.
  The Islanders took three out of four games from the Mavs over opening weekend in Corpus Christi while the Cougars swept UNO the following weekend in Pullman, Wash.

FIRST TIMERS
  UNLV is 2-1 against first-time opponents in 2012. The Rebels dropped a 3-1 game to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at the 2012 Kleberg Bank College Classic back on February 24th before sweeping CSU Bakersfield in a two-game midweek set Feb. 28 and 29 in Las Vegas.

UNLV vs. THE CORNHUSKER STATE
  UNLV will play their fourth opponent from the state of Nebraska and second of the 2012 season this weekend as they host Nebraska-Omaha for a four-game set at Wilson Stadium.
  The Rebels are 26-10 all-time against teams hailing from the Cornhusker State.

Nebraska              14-8
Creighton             8-2
Nebraska-Kearney 4-0