Rebels Host Easton Desert Classic Beginning Thursday
Feb. 14, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels stay in Las Vegas for the second straight week of the 2013 softball season with this weekend's Easton Desert Classic. The four-day tournament (Feb. 14-17) will be contested at both UNLV's Eller Media Stadium and at Stephanie Lynn Craig Park in nearby Henderson.
Coming to Las Vegas to join the Rebels are four top 25 teams - #7/9 Oregon, #8/9 California, #18/19 UCLA and #20/23 Hawai'i - and 13 other collegiate teams from around the country. Both Oregon and California reached the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City last season.
There will be a total of 15 games played at Eller Media Stadium beginning Thursday. The SLC Park complex will be the site of 31 more games starting early Friday morning at 9:00 am.
EASTON DESERT CLASSIC: -UNLV'S SCHEDULE ONLY-
Thursday, Feb. 14 06:45 pm UNLV vs. San Jose State
Friday, Feb. 15 01:30 pm UNLV vs. Seattle 03:45 pm UNLV vs. Portland State
Saturday, Feb. 16 03:45 pm UNLV vs. Utah Valley 06:00 pm UNLV vs. Ohio
Sunday, Feb. 17 01:30 pm UNLV vs. Utah
ON DECK: The UNLV Rebels will hit the road for the first time in 2013 with a trip to the California desert. UNLV will participate in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, formerly the Cathedral City Classic, a tournament that the Rebels attended from 2005-10 before taking two years off.
In Cathedral City, 13 of the 35 teams entered in the four-day tournament (Feb. 21-24) are ranked in both of the top 25 polls. Oklahoma, who is #1 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll and #2 in the USA Today/NFCA Poll, comes in as the highest ranked team. Including OU, there are four top 10 squads making an appearance in the Golden State - #4/4 Tennessee, #5/5 Florida and #8/7 Missouri.
UNLV has two ranked teams on its docket for next week with #10/11 LSU and #7/9 Oregon on top of facing BYU, Loyola Marymount and Long Beach State.