UNLV baseball team begins conference play at Wilson Stadium

The UNLV baseball team hasn’t come close to reaching the NCAA Tournament since its last appearance in 2005, but coach Buddy Gouldsmith has watched his Rebels score plenty of runs as they attempt to make postseason play.

The Rebels (15-10 through March 29) open the home portion of their Mountain West Conference schedule with three games (April 1-3) against New Mexico at Wilson Stadium after dropping two of three at BYU to start conference play.

Despite losing senior outfielder Rance Roundy, a preseason All-MWC selection, to a season-ending shoulder injury in its first game, UNLV has averaged more than nine runs per game while batting .328, though it also allows more than nine runs with opponents batting .331.

UNLV’s offense has been led by junior catcher/first baseman Drew Beuerlein (.383, four home runs, 32 RBIs), freshman outfielder Brandon Bayardi (.391, 1, 25), junior outfielder Cash Thomas (.365, 29 runs scored) and freshman infielder R.J. Arnold (.362, 6, 26).

The Rebels have been significantly better at home over the past two-plus seasons, going 50-32 at Wilson Stadium and 11-45 on the road.

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