Rebels Return Home, Open Mountain West Schedule

April 25, 2012

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -

2012 UNLV Softball Weekly Notes - Week Twelve

Leading Off: The UNLV Rebels return to Las Vegas to open up their share of the Mountain West Conference slate with a trio of games against the Colorado State Rams this weekend. Action begins Friday evening at 6:00 pm and runs through Sunday afternoon. Both Saturday's and Sunday's games will begin at 1:00 pm.

WEEKEND PROMOTIONS:
Friday, April 27: Half-price tickets and the first 200 fans receive FREE red pom poms.
Saturday, April 28: First 200 fans receive FREE red pom poms.
Sunday, April 29: Sunday Fun day - $1 tickets.

TUNE IN & WATCH: The UNLV Rebels have games televised live by both The MountainWest Sports Network (The Mtn.) and CBS Sports Network this season.

The UNLV-Colorado State contest this Saturday, April 28 (1:00 pm) will be aired by The Mtn., while the UNLV-SDSU tilt on Saturday, May 12 (1:00 pm) will be shown by CBS Sports.

Coincidentally, both of these opponents played against the Rebels on the small screen last season and produced some dramatic games both of which witnessed UNLV smash home runs in its final at-bats - a game-winning, three-run walk-off by Ashli Holland (SDSU) and a sixth-inning grand slam by Tayler Aleman (CSU).

ON DECK: The UNLV Rebels hit the road for the final time during the 2012 regular season with a three-game trip to Albuquerque against the New Mexico Lobos. The series begins on Friday, May 4 (6:00 pm MT/5:00 pm PT) and runs through Sunday, May 6.

MOUNTAIN WEST OPENERS: The UNLV Rebels dropped to 6-7 overall in Mountain West openers dating back to 2000 after they suffered a 3-2 loss at Boise State on April 13.

UNLV owns a 5-8 record in its first conference road game, while they're 4-8 in its initial MW contest at home.

THE LAST OUT(ING): The UNLV Rebels went 0-5 two weeks ago with a doubleheader loss to Southern Utah on April 11 followed by a series sweep to open Mountain West play at Boise State from April 13-15.

In the SUU games, UNLV took an early lead in the first contest only to see the visitors turn things around in the fifth. The Thunderbirds kept the momentum on their side to start game two, as they jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead. The Rebels fought back and outscored SUU 10-1 from the third inning on, but were unable to get the tying run home in the seventh.

UNLV then hit the road for three at Boise State. In the opening game, the Rebels held a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh only to see the Broncos rally with two runs of their own for the 3-2 win. The middle contest witnessed BSU stake itself to a five-run cushion, 7-2, in the fifth. UNLV rallied for three in the seventh, but fell two runs short. In the finale, the Broncos used a four-run fifth to turn a three-run deficit into a one-run lead for themselves.

Offensively, six players registered six or more hits and batting averages above .316 in these five games. All six scored at least two runs and four of them knocked in four RBI apiece. Half of them hit two home runs, as well.

Elena Fata led the team with her .500 batting average (6-for-12), and tied for the top spot in both doubles (two ) and RBI (four).

Paige Emerson hit .400 overall (8-for-20) and led the squad in hits (eight) and runs (six). Emerson tied for the team lead in home runs (two) and triples (one).

In the circle, Amanda Oliveto was saddled with four of the losses, while Jessica O'Connor picked up the fifth. In all, the pitching staff owned an ERA of 6.71 in 32.1 innings of work. They struck out 20, but surrendered 34 runs (31 earned) on 47 hits.

BACK HOME: The UNLV Rebels began the 2012 campaign with 14 of their first 19 games played in Las Vegas. With the conclusion of the Eller Media Stadium Classic on March 4, UNLV has played 19 of its last 21 on the road, 14 of which were in-a-row. The Rebels began the stretch with 12 consecutive games in California, and owned an 8-4 mark. Then they lost a pair at Southern Utah (March 28) before picking up two big wins at Fresno State (April 4). Unfortunately, five losses followed to cap the 21-game run one game under .500 at 10-11.