San Diego Bound
March 13, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels return to California for the second time in as many weeks and third time 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.
UNLV has never faced Bryant nor Marist, but it does have a bit of history with the other three Classic II opponents. The Rebels are a combined 13-2 against UT Arlington (3-1), Buffalo (1-0) and UMass (9-1).
SAN DIEGO CLASSIC II
Friday, March 15 09:00 am UNLV vs. UT Arlington (Field 1) 02:00 pm Marist vs. UNLV (Field 2)
Saturday, March 16 09:00 am Bryant vs. UNLV (Field 2) 11:30 am Buffalo vs. UNLV (Field 2)
Sunday, March 17 09:00 am UNLV vs. Massachusetts (Field 1)
Team listed first is in the third-base dugout.
Bolded has been designated as the home team.
All five games can be followed through GameTracker (live stats) with links located on UNLVRebels.com.
There will be inning-by-inning updates of the action on UNLV Softball's official Twitter account - @UNLVSoftball.
ON DECK: The UNLV Rebels return to Las Vegas to host the Rebel Classic - their fourth and final home tournament of the 2013 season - from March 22-24. UNLV will only play twice with a pair of games against Tulsa and once vs. Texas Tech. Boise State will round out the four-team field, but the Broncos and Rebels will not face each other since they are conference foes.
The Rebels will square off against both TU and TT on the 22nd before their second meeting with the former team on the 23rd.
LOOKING BACK A WEEK: The UNLV Rebels went 1-3 last weekend at the Long Beach State Invitational that was played in both Long Beach and Lakewood, Calif. UNLV was originally scheduled to play five games, but rain washed away its first game against UC Santa Barbara.
The Rebels wound up opening play against North Dakota State once the skies parted and allowed the two squads to square off. The two wound up playing a little extra as the game went nine innings instead of the normal seven frames. NDSU wound up winning it with an RBI single in the ninth.
On Saturday, UNLV rebounded with a 3-1, upset win over then-#23 Virginia Tech before a 7-3 setback to Weber State. The Rebels were sparked by solo homers from Pauline Monreal and Tayler Aleman against the Hokies in the day's opener before a five-run stanza by the Wildcats put WSU up for good in the nightcap.
In the Scarlet & Gray's final outing, they nearly pulled off its second upset of the weekend vs. then-#9 UCLA. Monreal had a three-run triple to push the Rebels ahead, 3-1, until the Bruins scored three times in the top of the seventh.
UNLV's offense was led by two players with four or more hits and .333 batting averages. Stefany Valentino led the team in both categories with five hits and a .417 hitting clip while vying for the top spot in runs with two. Monreal was second in both categories (four hits, .333 BA), but first in RBI with four.
In the circle, Amanda Oliveto went 1-2 with the win coming against VT and the pair of losses coming in dramatic fashion to NDSU and UCLA. Oliveto had a 1.52 ERA in 23.0 innings pitched. Francesca Foti suffered the team's other loss to WSU.