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UNLV SOFTBALL NEWS: Seniors Celebrated For Softball’s Final Home Series

REBELS HOST COLORADO STATE FOR FINAL HOME SERIES

Three seniors play final collegiate games at Eller Media Stadium

UNLV welcomes back alumni and bids farewells to three seniors this weekend as it hosts its final home series of the season.

Samantha Diaz, Siena Sandoval and Mia Trejo will play their final collegiate games at Eller Media Stadium as the Rebels host Colorado State. UNLV will also celebrate returning alumni and Mother’s Day during the weekend.

Friday’s first pitch is 6 p.m. Saturday’s is 3 p.m. and Sunday’s game begins at 12 p.m.

Game Promotions

UNLV’s 2022 softball trading cards will also debut and be available to fans while supplies last. UNLV also welcomes back softball alumnae Friday with several in attendance participating in a ceremonial first pitch.

Saturday is Heroes Day with a UNLV American Flag Logo hats giveaway available to the first 100 fans.

Sunday combines Senior Day festivities and a Mother’s Day celebration. The mothers of Diaz, Sandoval and Trejo will toss ceremonial first pitches while their daughters will be honored on-field at the conclusion of the game.

Secure your Seats

Single-game tickets for Friday’s game are $6 in advance and $10 each on the day of the game which can be purchased at UNLVTickets.com or by calling 702-739-FANS. All UNLV students, Nevada high school students (with high school ID) and children 12 and younger receive free admission.

Broadcast Info

All games of the series will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network via its official app or online at TheMW.com/watch. Wyatt Tomcheck has the call as the play-by-play announcer.

UNLV vs. CSU

  • All-time vs. Colorado State: 42-50
  • Streak: Lost 1.
  • Last meeting: UNLV won two of three in Fort Collins on April 24-25, 2021.

Player of the Week

Denise Armendariz blasted her way to Mountain West Player of the Week honors with a three-home run, 13-RBI performance in UNLV’s three-game series sweep at New Mexico.  The Rebels’ right fielder hit .583 for the series, collecting multiple hits and leading the team in RBIs in each game. As one of UNLV’s most effective streaks of the season, Armendariz hit three two-out RBIs in each game of the weekend.

At the Peak

UNLV leads the Mountain West Conference in batting average, hits, RBIs, walks and on-base percentage. Four Rebels are in the conference’s top-15 individual batters. April Visser’s 14 home runs rank second in the league.  Jenny Bressler’s 22 wins and eight shutouts in the circle also top the rankings.

RBI: Record-Breaking Index

Senior first baseman Mia Trejo is four RBIs shy of matching UNLV’s career record of 171 set by Kim Rondina (1994-97). Trejo also has a chance to break Rondina’s career on-base percentage record and Tayler Van Acker’s (2011-14) hit-by-pitch record by season’s end.

Here Comes the Boom

UNLV has one of its best offenses in its history and is challenging for four single-season team records.

UNLV has hit 56 home runs, breaking the team’s single-season record of 54 set in 2011. It’s current .323 team batting average would match its record (.323, 2010). The team’s .525 slugging percentage and .417 on-base percentage are also near records. The 2011 squad batted .520 and .408, respectively.

Impact Player

April Visser’s first year as a Rebel will rewrite the record books. The transfer has sights set on the program’s single-season home run record as well as two others.

Visser has been hit by pitches 13 times this season, which sets UNLV’s single-season record (previously 12; Tayler Van Acker, 2013).

Visser’s .543 on-base percentage would also be a single-season record if the season finished today. Kim Rondina holds the top spot at .521 in 1997.

Not to be Outdone

While the offense takes headlines, ace Jenny Bressler is moving up in UNLV’s record books as well.

Bressler’s five saves match the single-season record set by Jacque Kerrigan (2006). Another save this season will give Bressler sole possession of both the UNLV single-season and career saves records.

Bressler’s two no-hitters are second-most in a single season (3; Lori Harrigan, 1992) and her four career no-hitters are second to Lori Harrigan’s six (1989-92).

Pressure Points

Batting with two outs is UNLV’s happy place. The Rebels have hit .310 with 117 RBIs (42 percent) with two outs on the scoreboard this season while holding opponents to .226 average with 43 RBIs.

Mia Trejo is particularly keen to push runs across with extra weight on her shoulders, as she leads UNLV with 28 (58 percent) two-out RBIs.

Instant Relief

UNLV ace Jenny Bressler is ready to go at a moment’s notice. Bressler is 6-0 with five saves in 12 relief appearances. She’s allowed just six earned runs in 29.0 innings (1.45 ERA) and pitched 31 strikeouts.

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UNLV SOFTBALL NEWS: Seniors Celebrated For Softball's Final Home Series
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UNLV SOFTBALL NEWS: Seniors Celebrated For Softball's Final Home Series