Headin' West

April 19, 2013

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - 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.

Cal State Fullerton, a member of the Big West, and UNLV used to be conference foes from 1986 to 1996. They were both in the PCAA in 1986 and '87 before the league changed its name to the Big West for the 1988-89 year. Overall, UNLV amassed a 17-26-1 conference mark against CSF during that 11-year span. Since 1985, the Titans lead the series 39-21-1.

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 this weekend before it plays three straight weeks to close out the 2013 regular season.

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.

ON DECK: The UNLV Rebels stay out on the road for another week with a three-game, Mountain West set in Reno, Nev., against the Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack on April 26-28.

This will be the first meeting for UNLV and UNR as conference foes. The Wolf Pack and the Fresno State Bulldogs are new additions to the MW after each left the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) after the conclusion of the 2011-12 school year.

UNLV maintains a seven-game advantage - 12-5 - in the head-to-head series with its in-state foes. The Rebels own a 7-3 mark in games played in Las Vegas and 3-0 in neutral affairs. The record is deadlocked at 2-2 in contests played in Reno.

ONCE AGAIN, SHE'S HONORED: UNLV's Amanda Oliveto was named the Mountain West's Pitcher of the Week for games played through April 14. Oliveto has earned the conference's weekly pitching award seven times in her career with three of those coming during the 2013 campaign.

Oliveto tossed a pair of four-hit shutouts in her two appearances in the circle last weekend against New Mexico. The Simi Valley, Calif., native registered a 0.00 ERA in 13.0 innings of work. She struck out 10 batters against one walk. More impressively, she only allowed one batter to reach third base in her outings. After fanning two batters and issuing her lone walk of the weekend in Friday's 8-0, six-inning victory, Oliveto backed up that performance with eight strikeouts in Sunday's 1-0 finale.

She is the first hurler since Christie Robinson to earn three citations in a single season. Robinson did so during the 2007 campaign. Overall, Oliveto is third in UNLV's record book for pitcher of the week recognition. Dating back to 1986, Oliveto ranks third behind Jacque Kerrigan's nine and Lori Harrigan's eight awards.