Rebels Hit The Road For The Remainder Of The Month

March 7, 2012

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -

2012 UNLV Softball Weekly Notes - Week Five

LEADING OFF: The UNLV Rebels will become road warriors for the next 17 games of the 2012 campaign beginning this week. All 17 of the contests will be played in California and will be broken up between three tournaments and a doubleheader at Fresno State.

UNLV opens up the lengthy road trip with five games in the Long Beach State Invitational in Long Beach, Calif. The Rebels will play five of their contests at the 49er Softball Complex, while Mayfair Park in nearby Lakewood, Calif., will play host to the majority of the tournament's competition.

The Rebels are scheduled to begin play on Friday against #24/23 North Carolina (9:00 am) and Eastern Kentucky (11:30 am). UNLV will play twice more on Saturday with games against Pittsburgh (12:30 pm) and Cal State Fullerton (3:00 pm). The team will play its final affair at 1:00 pm against Notre Dame on Sunday.

In all, 12 teams will be participating in the four-day event in Long Beach.

LBSU INVITATIONAL SCHEDULE

Friday, March 9
09:00 am	UNLV vs. #24/23 North Carolina
11:30 am	UNLV vs. Eastern Kentucky

Saturday, March 10 12:30 pm UNLV vs. Pittsburgh 03:00 pm UNLV vs. Cal State Fullerton

Sunday, March 11 01:00 pm UNLV vs. Notre Dame

Notes: Team listed first will occupy first base dugout. Bolded team is home.

GameTracker information can be found at - www.UNLVRebels.com.

ON DECK: The UNLV Rebels stay out on the road for a second consecutive weekend for five games at the San Diego Classic II. The tournament is a cohosted by San Diego State and the University of San Diego.

UNLV will play all five of its games at the SDSU Softball Stadium. The Rebels are slated to play Harvard and Purdue on Friday, Quinnipiac and Valparaiso on Saturday and Long Beach State on Sunday.

In all, nine teams will participate in the four-day event in "America's Finest City."

THE LAST OUT(ING): The UNLV Rebels went 2-3 last weekend in their own Eller Media Stadium Classic. UNLV opened up with wins over Seton Hall and New Mexico State, but lost its next three to Florida Atlantic, Illinois and Seton Hall.

The Rebels opened Friday's action by scoring six runs off of nine hits in both games. They defeated SHU, 6-4, behind Paige Emerson's three-hit, three-RBI performance. Against NMSU, the Rebels fell behind 1-0, before Emerson evened the score with a solo homer in the fifth. The offense scored five more times in the sixth, a two-run shot from Pauline Monreal and a three-run job by Heather Harrison.

On Saturday, UNLV was deadlocked with both FAU and UI, but one swing of the bat by the visitors was the difference maker. After watching FAU stake itself to a 5-0 lead, UNLV countered with five of its own. Unfortunately, a bases loaded situation turned into a grand slam, which won the game for FAU, 9-5. Against UI, the Rebels held a 2-0 edge only to see Illinois tie it up. A sacrifice fly in the fifth was the deciding score for Illinois in the 3-2 game.

Sunday's finale was a 5-0 blanking by SHU, who scored twice early and three times in the fifth.

UNLV was led offensively by four players with four or more hits and .357 or better. Tayler Van Acker topped all with her .429 batting average off six hits in 14 at-bats, while Emerson owned a team-best seven hits. Six of those seven hits went for extra bases (three doubles, two triples and one home run).

GETTING THE 100TH: The UNLV Rebels' Pete Manarino notched his 100th win as the skipper of the Scarlet & Gray last Friday night in a 6-1 victory over New Mexico State. Manarino took over the Rebel program in 2009 and led the squad to the NCAA Tournament that season.

Manarino is no stranger to milestones, as the college softball stalwart coached his 1,500th career NCAA Division I game last season (May 8 vs. San Diego State).