Rebels Travel To Albuquerque
April 25, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team will look to continue its strong play in Mountain West action this weekend as it travels to Albuquerque, N.M. for a three-game set with first-place New Mexico at Isotopes Park.
The Rebels (20-21, 5-10 Mountain West) are coming off a weekend sweep of Air Force in Las Vegas. UNLV entered the weekend series one game behind the Falcons and stood two games ahead following the series finale on Sunday. The weekend sweep marked the first of the year for UNLV.
Game 1 - Erick Fedde (4-3, 2.69 ERA) vs. TBA
Game 2 - Zak Qualls (4-2, 3.47 ERA) vs. TBA
Game 3 - Buddy Borden (1-3, 4.24 ERA) vs. TBA
UNLV climbed out of last place this past weekend with its series sweep of Air Force. The Rebels entered the weekend trailing the Falcons by a game and stood two games up following Sunday’s 5-4 win.
The Rebels will travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico for a three-game set with the first-place Lobos this weekend, marking the first of six games to be played within the next three weeks between the two teams.
The weekend sweep of Air Force marked the first of the year for the Rebels and provided breathing room with three weekends of Mountain West games to be played.
SCOUTING NEW MEXICO
UNLV and New Mexico will square off this coming weekend for first of two weekend series’ within the next three weeks.
The Lobos enter the weekend in first place in the Mountain West standings while the Rebels currently stand in fourth, two games ahead of Air Force.
DJ Peterson leads the way for UNM with a .436 (71-for-163) batting average. Peterson leads the Lobos in home runs (10), RBI (46), slugging percentage (.742) and ranks second doubles (16).
Mitchell Garver (.362, 63-for-174) and Ryan Padilla (.358, 49-for-137) add to the powerful UNM lineup. Garver leads the team in doubles with 16 and has 101 total bases in 41 games started this year. Padilla has played in 36 games, making 34 starts and has 16 extra-base hits to his credit.
The Lobos’ pitchings staff is led by Gera Sanchez who holds a 5-1 record and 1.69 ERA in 15 appearances. Sanchez leads with team with three saves and has 63 strikeouts against just 11 walks in 42.2 innings of work. Austin House has made 10 starts and holds a 4-3 record and 2.63 ERA in 68.1 innings on the hill. House ranks second on the team in strikeouts with 60 and has walked 23 hitters.
NEW MEXICO SERIES NOTES
-UNLV and New Mexico have played at least one game against each other in each of the last 16 seasons
-UNLV has never swept New Mexico in Albuquerque
-Only one time in the past 11 games has the winnin team reached double digits in scoring
UNLV-NEW MEXICO SERIES HISTORY
The Rebels and Lobos will meet for the 133rd time Friday night in Albuquerque in a series that dates back to the 1978 season.
UNLV holds the 78-54 advantage, including a series sweep in Las Vegas last year, but New Mexico has won four of the last six games played at Isotopes Park, including a weekend sweep in 2011.