Rebels Take On San Diego State This Weekend

May 8, 2013

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - After closing out their home schedule, the UNLV Rebels will take their show on the road one last time in 2013. UNLV will close out the regular season with a three-game Mountain West series at the San Diego State Aztecs.

The series, which will run from May 9-11, will begin on Thursday (9th) at 6:00 pm. Friday's game is at 5:00 pm, while Saturday's finale is slated for 1:00 pm.

Although the Rebels have been mathematically eliminated from winning the conference crown, they can certainly have a say in whether or not the Aztecs will win their sixth title since the inaugural season of MW play in 2000.

UNLV is in a fifth-place tie with Boise State with identical 7-8 records. SDSU, on the other hand, sits atop the league standings with a 10-5 mark, while Fresno State, who has completed its inaugural season in the MW, sits idly by with an 11-7 showing.

Besides the two previously mentioned squads, Colorado State and Nevada, Reno - both tied for third - are within striking distance of first place at 8-7. Both teams will play their final games on the road with CSU at New Mexico and UNR at BSU.

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.

SMALL SCREEN SHOWING: The UNLV Rebels and San Diego State Aztecs will have their game on Friday, May 10 televised by CBS Sports Network. The game, which was originally scheduled for a 6:00 pm first pitch, will take place at 5:00 pm.

CBS Sports Network can be found on Cox Cable (Ch. 333) and on DirecTV (Ch. 613).

This will be the third straight season that UNLV and SDSU have had one of their games aired by CBS SN. The two previous contests - both Rebel wins - were played in Las Vegas.

The first televised meeting occurred on May 8, 2011. After staking itself to a 6-2 lead, UNLV watched SDSU scored nine of the following 12 runs to turn the game in its favor. The Rebels entered their final at-bat down two scores. After seeing her teammates pull within one at 11-10, Ashli Holland delivered a game-winning three-run home run in walk-off fashion.

Last season, the Rebels - once again - rallied from a deficit to knock off the Aztecs on May 12. SDSU owned a four-run lead at 6-2 early in the game, but UNLV rattled off seven unanswered runs to claim a 9-7 win.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: In the most recent NCAA statistics, the UNLV Rebels rank fifth nationally in double plays per game (0.53), but they also have four individuals that are ranked 105th or better in seven different categories.

Stefany Valentino ranks 48th overall in batting average (.415) and 80th in on-base percentage (.488). Besides the national stats, Valentino is first in the Mountain West in both hitting and on-base percentage.

Tayler Van Acker, who became UNLV's all-time leader in hit-by-pitches in a game against Fresno State, sits 50th overall this season with a 0.25 per-game average. Van Acker leads the MW with 12 HBPs.

Amanda Oliveto has her name listed in three different national categories. Oliveto ranks 61st in victories (18), 65th in shutouts (five) and 93rd in strikeouts (161). In league standings, she is first (tied) in wins, second in strikeouts and third (tied) in shutouts.

Pauline Monreal rounds out the Rebel quartet with a 105th showing in doubles per game (0.27). Monreal is fifth (tied) in the MW with 13 two-base hits.

MW STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: The UNLV Rebels generally rank between fourth and sixth place in Mountain West statistics for all games played this season. However, when it comes to stats solely based on head-to-head conference competition, UNLV ranks third or better in 13 categories.

In the seven-team league, the Rebels rank first overall in batting average (.327), slugging percentage (.487), on-base percentage (.381), runs (82) and total bases (194). They're second in hits (130) and third in RBI (68), doubles (21), triples (two), home runs (13), hit-by-pitch (10), sac bunts (14) and stolen bases (15).

Individually, Stefany Valentino has her name written in the top three of eight different offensive categories. Valentino ranks first in batting (.490) and hits (25). She is second in on-base percentage (.527), runs (14) and total bases (39). She is third in slugging percentage (.765), doubles (five) and home runs (three).

Tayler Van Acker is listed in the top three of four categories: first in on-base percentage (.538); second in both runs (14) and hit-by-pitch (three); and third in batting average (.517).

Pauline Monreal leads all MW players with 19 RBI.