After two tumultuous seasons, Stan Stolte has the Rebels at 19-3 and ranked 19th nationally as UNLV welcomes San Diego State for a weekend series.
UNLV baseball forges ahead in the wake of coach Tim Chambers being arrested earlier this month in connection with driving under the influence and being put on administrative leave by the university.
On Friday, in a rainy town of not 55,000 souls along the Willamette River in central western Oregon, UC Irvine returns to the college baseball postseason when it meets UNLV in a regional game at Oregon State.
The Rebels open play against Fresno State at 7 p.m. Thursday at Wilson Stadium as the No. 1 seed in the Mountain West Tournament, a co-conference champion whose roster includes 15 players from the Las Vegas valley.
UNLV is tied for second in the Mountain West, four games back of New Mexico in the loss column, and what felt like a certainty a few weeks ago when it came to NCAA at-large chances for the Rebels isn’t all that assured now. Which in no way has their head coach worried.
The conversation between the head coach (Tim Chambers) and a Sacramento (Calif.) City College transfer (Pat Armstrong) went something like this:
It hasn’t been an easy year for Tim Chambers, but nothing has stopped his Rebels from inching closer to their first NCAA Tournament regional berth in eight years and what would be the first under Chambers in his three seasons as coach.