Rebels To Host UC Riverside In Midweek Action

April 30, 2013

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LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (27-16, 11-10 Mountain West) return home this week to host five games in seven days. The Rebels will first take on UC Riverside on Tuesday at 3:05 p.m. at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. UNLV played the Highlanders on April 16 and beat them 24-11. Last week the Rebels stumbled on the road, losing four games to ranked teams. The Rebels dropped their midweek contest to No. 8 Arizona State 5-2 and then were swept by No. 24 New Mexico, losing 9-0 on Friday, 5-3 on Saturday and dropping a 14-13 heartbreaker in 10 innings on Sunday. UNLV will continue its homestand by hosting Fresno State Friday through Sunday and will play its last home game of the season on Monday against San Diego.

SCOUTING THE REBELS
Patrick Armstrong leads the Rebels from the plate this season and ranks third in the Mountain West. He is hitting .374 in 35 games played. He is tied for a team-high 12 doubles with Mark Shannon. Shannon leads the club with 36 RBI and is tied for a team high nine steals with Joey Armstrong. Brandon Bayardi has a .325 average and leads the team with seven home runs. Shannon has also pitched well for UNLV. He owns a 4-2 record to go with a 4.08 ERA. He is fourth on the team with 37 strikeouts and has been the most dominate starter for the Rebels during midweek action. Junior Buddy Borden (5-1) 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 (4-2) sports a 4.13 ERA and leads the team with 61 strikeouts in 69.2 innings. From the bullpen, freshman Brayden Torres has made the most appearances (15) and has 20 strikeouts in 18.0 innings pitched. He has not factored in any decision or made a save this season and owns a 2.50 ERA. Andrew Beresford has seen the most action, pitching 22.0 innings of relief. He owns a 5-1 record and four saves to go along with a 4.91 ERA.

SCOUTING THE HIGHLANDERS
UC Riverside (18-21, 7-8 Big West) comes into the midweek game against UNLV winning only one of its past eight games. The Rebels win over the Highlanders started a seven game skid that included being swept by UC Davis, a loss to San Diego and losing the first two of three games to UC Santa Barbara. Before facing UNLV the first time, the Highlanders had swept Pacific to keep an 11-0 home streak alive. It was a 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 lost two of three last weekend to UCSB, dropping the Friday contest 10-7 and were shut out on Saturday 2-0. The Highlanders lone win over UCSB came on Sunday in an 8-5 fashion. UCR has faced two Mountain West teams this season and it is 3-4 against the conference. The Highlanders split a four-game series against New Mexico and split a two game series against San Diego State. Leading the Highlanders from the plate this season is Clayton Prestridge. He owns a .348 average and is tied for a team high 49 hits with David Andriese. Andriese leads the team with 32 RBI. Joe Chavez has a .336 average and leads the team with 11 doubles and 14 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 Antonia Gonzales (0-1, 10.29 ERA). He has made two starts this season and has appeared in 11 games. In 14.0 innings he has allowed 20 runs, 16 of which have been earned, on 20 hits and has struck out eight. Trevor Frank (4-0, 1.45 ERA) has made 20 appearances, all coming from the bullpen, and leads the team with nine saves. He has allowed nine runs, only five of which have been earned, on 19 hits and has struck out 34 in 31.0 innings pitched. 
 
UC RIVERSIDE SERIES HISTORY
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 met earlier this year and UNLV recorded 29 hits in its 24-11 victory over the Highlanders. UCR owns a 8-7 record over UNLV in Las Vegas.

ON DECK
After the midweek game against UC Riverside, UNLV will host its last four home games of the season. The Rebels will play four games in four days as they resume Mountain West play against Fresno State May 3-5 and will host San Diego for one game on Monday, May 6.