Final Home Games On Tap This Weekend

May 2, 2013

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels return to Las Vegas this weekend (May 3-5) for a three-game, Mountain West series against the Boise State Broncos after spending the playing their past five contests on the road. The first affair is slated for Friday evening at 6:00 pm, while Saturday and Sunday will begin at 1:00 pm and noon, respectively.

These three games signify the final ones that will be played at Eller Media Stadium this spring. UNLV is 4-2 at home in MW play and 13-11 overall.

Sunday's game has been deemed "Senior Day," and it will see five Rebel seniors - Tayler Aleman, Heather Harrison, Samantha Henry, Katie Uriarte and Tara Woodall - play their final home games as active members of the softball program.

The head-to-head history between UNLV and Boise State only dates back three years to 2010. The Broncos, who played its inaugural softball season in 2009, owns 3-2 lead over the Rebels after picking up three Ws last year in Boise. UNLV won the first two meetings - one in Las Vegas and one in Riverside, Calif. - by a combined score of 20-3, while BSU's were by a total of four runs.

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 hit the road for the final time during the 2013 regular season with a three-game set in San Diego, Calif., on May 9-11. The trip will mark the second visit to San Diego County after UNLV previously participated in the San Diego Classic II tournament from March 15-17 - a tourney that saw the Rebels go 4-1 - which was hosted by San Diego State.

Next weekend's series will begin on Thursday, May 9 at 6:00 pm. Friday's game has been bumped up an hour to accommodate television will start at 5:00 pm, and it will be broadcast live by CBS Sports Network. Saturday's regular-season finale is slated for a 1:00 pm first pitch.

SLUGGING TO AN AWARD: UNLV softball's Pauline Monreal was named the Mountain West's Player of the Week for games played through April 28. It's the second time in Monreal's career that she has been selected for the weekly honor after initially earning it during her freshman campaign on March 1, 2011.

Monreal, a junior, helped UNLV to a 2-1 record in its MW series at in-state rival Nevada, Reno last weekend. The La Mirada, Calif., native hit .333 (4-for-12) with four extra-base hits (three doubles and one home run), resulting in a .833 slugging percentage. She also added seven RBI and two runs to her weekly resume. In Friday's 13-2 win, she went 2-for-4 with two doubles and one walk. Her double in the first inning drive in two runs, giving UNLV a lead it would never relinquish. She knocked in two more runs in the seventh off another double, and scored a run of her own in the third after taking a walk. In Saturday's 5-4, eight-inning loss, she went 1-for-4 with two RBI. Her two-run double in the sixth helped the Rebels erase a two-run deficit and give them a brief 4-3 lead. In Sunday's finale, Monreal registered the equalizing hit to pull the Rebels even with the Wolf Pack. With the team down one score, she launched a solo home run to tie the game at 2-all. UNLV would not trail again en route to the 5-3 victory.

In addition to the conference award, Monreal was tabbed the CollegeSportsMadness.com's MW Player of the Week, as well.

LOOKING BACK A WEEK: The UNLV Rebels claimed a series win over their in-state rival Nevada, Wolf Pack last weekend in Reno, Nev. The three-game set, which was part of the Governor's Series presented by NV Energy had three points up for grabs. By virtue of winning 13-2 on April 26 and 5-3 on April 28, UNLV added those points to its side of the standings in the head-to-head competition with UNR. The points give UNLV a commanding 25.5 to 10.5 lead.

UNLV out-hit UNR .384 to .313, outscored them 22-10 and knocked in 12 more RBI (21-9) last weekend.

Friday's 13-2 rout witnessed the offense amass season highs in hits (16), runs (13) and RBI (12). Sunday's outing watched UNLV notch 15 hits - the second most in 46 games of play this season.

The Rebel offense was paced by seven players that scattered at least three hits for a .300 minimum batting average. Katie Uriarte led all with her .600 hitting clip (6-for-10), while Tayler Van Acker notched a team-high seven hits for a .583 average (7-for-12). Emily Haslinger (.455, five hits), Stefany Valentino (.429, six hits), Tayler Aleman (.375, three hits), Pauline Monreal (.333, four hits) and Jamie DePippo (.300, three hits) rounded out the ensemble of hitters.

Monreal, who earned Mountain West Player of the Week honors for her play against UNR, led the team with seven RBI, while adding two runs.

Valentino and Aleman tied for the top spot in runs with four apiece. Van Acker followed closely behind with two, while three others touched home plate twice.

In the circle, Amanda Oliveto earned the decision in each contest and went 2-1 in 9.1 innings of work. Oliveto had an ERA of 2.25 after allowing four runs (three earned) to score in three appearances in the circle. She was touched for 10 hits and three walks despite striking out five.

Francesca Foti saw action in two games for a total of 12.1 innings pitched. Foti was scored on six times, which translated to a 3.41 ERA. She did strike out six, but walked four.