Rebels Host The Lobos This Weekend

April 10, 2013

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels stay in Las Vegas this weekend to close out their three-game home stand with a visit from the New Mexico Lobos. UNLV and UNM will begin their three-game series on Friday night at 6:00 pm at Eller Media Stadium. Saturday's and Sunday's contests are slated for 1:00 pm first pitches.

The Rebels and Lobos bring identical 2-4 Mountain West records into the weekend series. Both teams went 2-1 last week at home. Each squad won its Friday and Saturday affairs before losing the finales.

UNLV has played four less games than UNM this season and owns an overall record of 16-22. The Lobos, on the other hand, have two more wins and two more losses to sit 18-24 through nine weeks of action.

Games can be followed via GameTracker (live stats) with links located on UNLVRebels.com.

@UNLVSoftball - the program's official Twitter account - will have inning-by-inning updates during each game.

PROMOTION SCHEDULE: The UNLV Rebels will recognize the Nevada Animal Foundation and American Heart Association during Saturday's and Sunday's games this weekend, which are part of UNLV's "Scarlet & Gray Weekend."

The Nevada Animal Foundation is a non-profit organization operating the state's largest animal shelter (Lied Animal Shelter) and animal adoption center. It was founded in 1978 as a small, low-cost spay and neuter clinic, and it has since began offering adoption services. Today, the Foundation operates and manages an eight acre campus that houses a multitude of services and provides a refuge for more than 50,000 animals received each and every year.

The American Heart Association was designed to help build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Tickets for Friday are 2-for-1 while Sunday's are $4 for fans that wear red.

ON DECK: The UNLV Rebels jump out of Mountain West play with a doubleheader at Cal State Fullerton on Saturday, April 20. Game one is set for a 1:00 pm first pitch at Anderson Family Field.

With the MW having an odd number of teams this season, each squad has one bye week in conference play. UNLV's happens to fall next weekend before it plays three straight weeks to close out the 2013 regular season.

HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT: Tayler Van Acker claimed the dubious honor of being the Rebel hit most by a pitch in program history last weekend in UNLV's 4-1, Friday night win over the Fresno State Bulldogs.

Van Acker has become a magnet for the yellow orb over the past two seasons after only being hit three times during her freshman campaign in 2011.

Dating back to the 2012 season, she has been hit on 21 occasions. The HBP on Friday gave her 11 for this year, which is the most in a single season by a Rebel. Of course, she is also second in the yearly tally with 10 HBPs in 2012.

Her teammate Jaexie Balilea sits fourth overall in the career hit-by-pitch chart with 21. Balilea was hit 10 times last year to place second overall.