Rebels Travel To UC Riverside For Midweek Game

April 15, 2013

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LAS VEGAS ( – The UNLV Rebels (23-12, 8-7 Mountain West) will play one midweek game this week as they travel to UC Riverside (17-14, 6-3 Big West) before returning to conference play on Friday. The Rebels most recently lost two of three to in-state rival Nevada, Reno last weekend.  UNLV could not complete a rally on Friday night and fell 7-6 to the Wolf Pack. On Saturday, the Rebels handed their rival its worst loss in the series since 1985 as UNLV won 15-2. On Sunday, UNR scored two runs in the ninth inning to beat the Rebels 5-4 and clinch the series. UCR is coming off of a weekend sweep against Pacific. The two teams will also meet in Las Vegas later this year. First pitch tomorrow is slated for 3:00 p.m.

Junior college transfer Patrick Armstrong leads the Rebels from the plate this season and is hitting .367 in 27 games played. Senior Brandon Bayardi has played in all 35 games and has a .341 average and leads the team with seven home runs and 47 hits. Fellow senior Mark Shannon leads leads the club with 31 RBI and is tied for a team-high nine steals with freshman Joey Armstrong. Shannon also leads the club with 11 doubles and has also pitched well for UNLV. He owns a 3-1 record to go with a 2.61 ERA. He is fourth on the team with 32 strikeouts. Junior Buddy Borden (4-1) currently has a 2.12 ERA which is not only the best on the Rebel staff, but is also the best in the Mountain West. Sophomore Erick Fedde (4-1) sports a 2.98 ERA and leads the team with 56 strikeouts in 60.1 innings. From the bullpen, senior Andy Beresford has seen the most action, pitching 17.2 innings of relief. He has a team best 5-1 record and four saves to go along with a 3.06 ERA.

UC Riverside (17-14, 6-3 Big West) comes into the midweek game against UNLV with a perfect 11-0 record at home. The Highlanders swept Pacific last weekend to keep the home streak alive. This is significant improvement from a team that went 12-15 at home a year ago. Away from the Riverside Sports Complex, the Highlanders have struggled, winning only six of 20 games (5-11 road, 1-3 neutral site). Most recently, UCR swept the Pacific Tigers last weekend, beating them 6-5 on Friday, 11-6 on Saturday and 6-4 on Sunday. The Highlanders have faced two Mountain West teams this season and are even against the conference. They split a four-game series against New Mexico and split a two game series against San Diego State. UCR will return the midweek game to Las Vegas on April 30. Leading the Highlanders from the plate this season is David Andriese. He owns a .353 average and is tied for a team high 24 RBI with Phil Holinsworth. Joe Chavez is the only Highlander to play in all 31 games. He has a .330 average and leads the team with 11 doubles and 12 stolen bases. He also has two home runs on the year which is tied for a team-high. Projected to get the nod for UCR against the Rebels is Donovan Gonzales (0-4, 4.70 ERA). He has made only one start this season, but has appeared in nine games. In 15.1 innings he has allowed 16 runs, 11 of which have been earned, on 18 hits and has struck out 10. Trevor Frank (4-0, 0.75 ERA) has made 16 appearances, all coming from the bullpen, and leads the team with eight saves. He has allowed six runs, only two of which have been earned, on 13 hits and has struck out 26 in 24.0 innings pitched. 
The Highlanders own the overall series against UNLV with a 21-11 record. The series started in 1967, but the Rebels and Highlanders did not meet between 1977 and 2001. Since 2001, the two teams have met every year except 2002 and 2007. The two teams will meet later this year when UCR will travel to Las Vegas.  UCR has won the last 13 games against the Rebels played in Riverside, Calif. and own a 13-2 record against UNLV at home.

After the Tuesday game against UC Riverside, UNLV will return home to face San Diego State. The Rebels lost two of three earlier this season to the Aztecs and will look for redemption at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The three-game series will begin on Friday at 6:05 p.m.