March 7, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels head back out on the road for two straight weekends after hosting the Eller Media Stadium Classic last week. UNLV will venture back to the Golden State on both occasions for the Long Beach State Invitational and the San Diego Classic II.
The Rebels will play a total of five games in the greater Long Beach area with the first four contested at the 49er Softball Complex (Friday-Saturday) and the final outing (Sunday) scheduled at Mayfair Park in nearby Lakewood.
The Scarlet & Gray will square off against UC Santa Barbara, North Dakota State, #RV/23 Virginia Tech, and #11/9 UCLA. A fifth opponent, Weber State, will be familiar to UNLV, as the two squared off last weekend - a 6-0 Rebel win - in the Eller Media Stadium Classic.
Friday, March 8 11:30 am UC Santa Barbara vs. UNLV 02:00 pm North Dakota State vs. UNLV
Saturday, March 9 11:30 am UNLV vs. Virginia Tech 02:00 pm UNLV vs. Weber State
Sunday, March 10 11:15 am UCLA vs. UNLV
Team listed first is in the first-base dugout.
Bolded team is the home team.
ON DECK: The UNLV Rebels return to California for the second time in as many weeks and third time thus far during the 2013 season with a visit to the greater San Diego area on March 15-17. UNLV will play five games in the San Diego Classic II at the Santee Sportsplex USA in Santee, Calif.
The Rebels will face four opponents - Marist, Bryant, Buffalo and Massachusetts - from the Northeastern portion of the country and UT Arlington from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
LOOKING BACK A WEEK: The UNLV Rebels went 2-3 at their own Eller Media Stadium Classic last weekend. UNLV carried a seven-game losing streak into the three-day tournament, but quickly snapped the skid with back-to-back wins over Weber State (6-0) and Cal State Northridge (4-2). Unfortunately, the Rebels were on the losing end of their final three contests with one loss to DePaul (2-1) and two to New Mexico State (8-0 and 5-3).
UNLV's offense hit .217 during the five-game stretch at home, and it was paced by a trio of players with .286 or better batting averages. Jaexie Balilea led the squad with a .357 hitting clip after going 5-for-14 at the plate with two extra-base hits (one double and one home run). Stefany Valentino and Tayler Van Acker both had four hits with the former hitting .333 (4-for-12) to the latter's 4-for-14 (.286).
On the RBI and runs scored front, Van Acker was tops in RBI with four while Balilea and Valentino tied for the team lead in runs with three apiece. Van Acker followed closely behind with two touches of home plate.