Snow Alters Softball's Trip To Colorado

March 26, 2013

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels hit the road for the third time in four weeks, but the destination will not be California. UNLV was originally scheduled to play four games in the Rocky Mountain State, but Mother Nature has already played a factor in its plans. A copious amount of snow fell in Colorado over this past weekend. That snow, mixed with Butler-Hancock Softball Field conditions, have prompted the teams to call off Wednesday's game in Greeley between UNLV and Northern Colorado. The Scarlet & Gray is still set to open up the 2013 Mountain West regular season on Thursday at Ram Field in Fort Collins against Colorado State. The two teams will play a total of three games with the remainder of the series marked for Friday and Saturday.

The first two games of the UNLV-CSU series are scheduled for 4:00 pm MT (3:00 pm PT) while Saturday's finale will begin at 1:00 pm MT (noon PT).

All games can be followed via 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 for six straight games, which includes their Mountain West home-opening series against the Fresno State Bulldogs. UNLV and Fresno State will play April 5-7 (Friday-Sunday) at Eller Media Stadium.

This will be the Bulldogs first season competing in the MW after playing the past 20 years in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). FS won the WAC regular-season title 10 times with eight of those coming in a nine-year span (1998-2006).

LOOKING BACK A WEEK: The UNLV Rebels went 2-1 last weekend in their own Rebel Classic. UNLV suffered a tournament-opening loss (13-1 in five innings) to the then-#19/18 Tulsa Golden Hurricane before it won two straight. The Rebels rebounded with a 5-3 win over Texas Tech before getting a 10-6 win over TU.

The Rebels were led offensively by five players that amassed .400 batting averages off a minimum of two hits. Tayler Aleman led all players with a .556 batting average that accompanied team bests in hits (five) and runs (five). Aleman also knocked in three RBI, which was one off the team high.

Stefany Valentino, who had one RBI, was second in batting average (.444), hits (four) and runs (three).

Pauline Monreal paced the Scarlet & Gray in RBI with four while also scattering three hits - one of which was a three-run home run in UNLV's win over Tulsa - for a .429 batting average. Monreal also scored three times.

Both Emily Haslinger and Tayler Van Acker hit .400 with a pair of hits apiece. The pair also registered one RBI each. The latter did score twice though.

In the circle, Amanda Oliveto threw 17 of the team's 18 innings tallied by the UNLV pitching staff. Oliveto started each contest, completed two and went 2-1 with an ERA of 3.29. She was touched for eight earned runs off of 23 hits.

WE PLAYED 'EM, BEAT THREE: The UNLV Rebels have played six games against opposition that have been ranked simultaneously in both major polls (USA Today/NFCA and ESPN.com/Softball) and a seventh contest vs. a team that was only in the latter poll this season. In those seven games, UNLV owns a 3-4 record with the three wins coming against #18/18 Louisville, #RV/23 Virginia Tech and #19/18 Tulsa.

This year's team is the first since the 2005 edition to be victorious that many times since it won four contests against Top 25 foes en route to an NCAA Tournament appearance.