First Look at UNLV's Baseball Schedule

UNLV Coach Stolte hopes for stronger finish in 2019

First Look at UNLV's Baseball Schedule

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First Look at UNLV's Baseball Schedule

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Mar 5 CSU Bakersfield Home

The Roadrunners were an unimpressive 21-36 last season and were under .500 in the WAC. They hit an ok .266 with little pop (out homered 15-51) and had only one .300 hitter in Andrew Penner who is gone. That leaves the offense somewhat up in the air but we all know that a year allows some growing up and someone will step up. Pitching was also down at 5.60. The two that return with some starting experience are Davonte Butler (4-7 and 4.39) and Aaron Charles (2-4 and 5.98). Butler has, by far, more innings than any other pitcher with starting experience. The coaching staff has some work to do to improve the record. Thumbs down. 

Mar 9 & 10 Bradley Home

The Braves are a member of the Missouri Valley Conference which, until recently, was one of my favorite mid major conferences. That was until Wichita State left for the American Athletic Conference. They were a more than decent 32-19 last season and were probably on their way to a regional until losing two in a row to Dallas Baptist which is all the NCAA needed to see. When are these conferences going to stop having end of season tournaments which do more harm than good to good teams? Man, I carry that soap box everywhere I go. They had good hitting (.294) and mediocre pitching (4.88). They had five .300 hitters of which four return. Andy Shadid (.326 and 6), Luke Shadid (.325 and 2), Brendan Dougherty (.323 and 2), and Katon Rice (.316 and 1) all come back. It looks to me the middle of the lineup is set. The same goes for the weekend rotation. All three come back. Cole Cook (4-5 and 4.88), Mitch Janssen (5-3 and 4.93), and Sam Lund (6-4 and 5.43) are ready for any weekend. They only need a closer. Thumbs up. 

Mar 12 & 13 Washington State Home

The Cougars had a bad year at 16-33-1 but they are in a big boy strong baseball conference Pac 12 so most from that conference will be decent or better in the OOC games. Hitting was not so good (.258) and the same goes for pitching (5.66). The two .300 hitters are gone so that leaves pitching. The top starter, and the only one with double digit starts, is gone so that leaves five arms with some starting experience. Isaac Mullins (0-5 and 8.19 and 8 starts) comes back but, boy, he has to impress the coaches this fall. Pitching is in a hurt. Thumbs down.

Mar 19 CSU Northridge Home

The Matadors were just under .500 at 28-30. They hit (.273) and pitched (4.63) that pretty much reflected that record. They had one .300 hitter and he signed a pro contract. They had one scary hitter in Albee Weiss (20 dingers) but he graduated. So who knows who steps up this coming season. It appears as if all three weekend starters return from last year and they’ll be entering their senior season. Experience counts. Thumbs sideways.

Mar 26, 27, & Apr 30 UC Riverside Home and Away

Another program coming off a bad year at 19-33. Guess what? They couldn’t hit (.260) and pitching was equal to that at 5.16. No surprise. They had four .300 hitters with significant AB’s but nothing above .316. They return two of them in seniors Matt Hardy (.311 and 4) and Justin Mannens (.306). The best starter is a good one in SO Cole Percival (5-4 and 3.19) who is the son of former major leaguer Troy Percival. Genetics and coaching is hard to beat. That record got him a Freshman AA. Thumbs down.

Apr 2 & 16 Grand Canyon Home and Away

The Antelopes had a good year at 33-24 but got whacked in both games they played in the WAC tournament to end their season. The hitting was great (.295) but they had little pop and pitching was not that good at 5.02. They had four .300 hitters. Top hitter was Quin Cotton (.390 and 5) returns and I suspect this will be his last year if he does it again. Two of the others return in Pikai Winchester (.355 and 2) and Tyler Wyatt (.324 ). So, most of the offense comes back in an already offensive-minded team. Whew! If pitching can knock off a run from that team ERA they could make some noise this season. However, that’s the problem. None of the rotation returns. Here’s some local MWC interest. Frankie Scalzo who pitched as a freshman last season for San Jose State is on the team and the roster. I liked what I saw in him so he may get a chance to make the rotation. The way I see it, the whole staff will get a chance to start. Thumbs sideways.

Apr 9 & 23 Arizona State Home and Away

Another tough Pac 12 team and not far in terms of travel. The Sun Devils had a down year at 23-32 due mostly to pitching, I’d guess. The hitting was ok at .290 and five .300 hitters and the pitching was ok also at 4.72. Three of those hitters return in Spencer Torkelson (.369 and 9 and Freshman Co-Player of the Year), Lyle Lin (.312 and 2), and Hunter Jump (.370 and 1). Freshman AA Gage Workman (.276 and 3) is also notable. Two of the weekend starters return in Alec Marsh (3-3 and 3.89) and Sam Romero (2-1 and 6.18). They also have a Freshman AA returning in Dellan Raish (4-1 and 3.00). Don’t feel sorry for the Sun Devils. Thumbs up. 

May 3 – 5 Houston Away

This could be a very good series. The Cougars are off a year that had them at 38-25 which was good enough to get them a ticket to an NCAA Regional where they went 2-2 and lost out to the host North Carolina team. This is a pretty good program so I believe they will be thinking on going again so this series will not likely be a no account three games. The Cougars didn’t hit much at .266 but they had four .300 hitters. Three of the four come back. Jared Triolo (.344 and 5), Joe Davis (.318 and 13), and Tyler Bielamowicz (.309 and 5) will make a coach happy. Pitching was good last season (3.84) and a lot of experience returns. Aaron Fletcher (7-3 and 2.19) was drafted and went unsigned so I’m guessing he came back to prove a point. Ryan Randel (5-4 and 4.58) was not drafted and comes back. The third starter was Trey Cumbie and he signed. Closer Brayson Hurdsman (2-4 and 4.22 with 7 saves) also comes back. Pitching is in good shape. Thumbs up.

Some good games for the Rebels with a number of teams with post season experience. Houston, Arizona State, Bradley, and Stanford are all teams I’d watch play. If they can handle Houston near the end of the year, it might mean something in terms of post season play; and it’s a road series. 

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