First-year head coach Jay Johnson takes the Pack to Santa Clara to begin season


Jay Johnson will coach his first games at Nevada this weekend.

Jay Johnson will coach his first games at Nevada this weekend.

Feb. 13, 2014

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Upcoming Nevada Games
Fri., Feb. 14 - vs. Boston College - Santa Clara, Calif. - Stephen Schott Stadium - 2 p.m. PT
Fri., Feb. 14 - at Santa Clara - Santa Clara, Calif. - Stephen Schott Stadium - 6 p.m. PT
Sat., Feb. 15 - vs. Boston College - Santa Clara, Calif. - Stephen Schott Stadium -5 p.m. PT
Sun., Feb. 16 - at Santa Clara - Santa Clara, Calif. - Stephen Schott Stadium - 4 p.m. PT
        
NEVADA WOLF PACK
2013 Record: 25-32 MW: 11-19 (5th)
Head Coach: Jay Johnson (Point Loma Nazarene, 2001)
at Nevada: First season
Career Record: 37-16 (One year)

BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLES
2013 Record:  12-40 ACC: 4-25 (6th in Atlantic Division)
Series:  2014 will be the first meeting
Head Coach: Mike Gambino (Boston College. 2000)
at BC: 51-106 (Four years)
Career Record: same        

Probable BC Pitchers versus Nevada
Eric Stevens-RHP
Andrew Chin-LHP

SANTA CLARA BRONCOS
2013 Record:  14-39 WCC: 1-23 (9th)
Series:  Santa Clara leads 63-53-2
Last Game:  Santa Clara won 8-4 on Feb. 28, 2012 at home
Head Coach: Dan O'Brien (UC San Diego, 1995)
at SC: 40-67 (Three years)
Career Record: 494-350-1 (17 years)        

Probable SC Pitchers versus Nevada
DJ Zapata-RHP
Jacob Steffens-RHP

UP NEXT
Nevada opens Mountain West play with a three-game series at Fresno State on Feb. 21-23.

NEVADA ON RADIO:  Nevada baseball this weekend can be heard on KFOY 1060 AM on Friday and Sunday.  Saturday's game will air on KHIT 1450 AM.  Alex Margulies will call all four games from Santa Clara, Calif.  

FREE AUDIO:  Free audio for Friday and Sunday's games can be heard at
http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/audio

VIDEO STREAM AND LIVE STATS: Santa Clara will be providing a video stream and live stats for all four games at the following link http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/santaclara.portal?mode=link

NEW LEADER: For the first time in 31 seasons the Nevada baseball program will have a new leader as Jay Johnson takes over for the retired Gary Powers.  Powers won 937 games leading the Wolf Pack.  Johnson comes to Nevada after spending the last eight seasons as associate head coach at the University of San Diego.

BYLER EXPECTED TO LEAD OFFENSE: Junior first basesman Austin Byler is once again expected to lead the Wolf Pack offense batting in the middle of the lineup.  Byler hit .346 with 35 runs scored, 10 doubles, three triples, eight home runs and 40 RBI his sophomore season.  He is making the transition from third base to third base this season.

COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS HONORS THREE: College Sports Madness selected first baseman Austin Byler, outfielder Kewby Meyer and left-handed pitcher Tyler Wells to their Mountain West preseason first team.

Byler batted third or fourth most of last season and hit .346 with 10 doubles, eight home runs and 40 RBI.

Meyer saw most of his action at first base but also in left field where he will begin the 2014 season.  He batted .302 with 28 runs scored, a triple, two home runs and 18 RBI.  Look for him to bat leadoff in his junior season

Wells worked in the weekend rotation starting 15 games and posted a 4-6 record.  He tossed 82 innings and struck out 68 with an opponent batting average of .292.

BYLER RECEIVING RECOGNITION: Junior first baseman Austin Byler has been receiving plenty of recognition heading into his junior season.  Byler was named the Mountain West preseason third baseman although he will move to first base this year.  

Baseball America ranked him as the 48th best prospect among college juniors and Perfect Game had him 51st.  Perfect Game and College Sports Madness named him to their MW preseason teams.

BREAKING DOWN THE SQUAD: First-year head coach Jay Johnson returns 17 letterwinners from last years squad that went 25-32 overall and 11-19 in the MW.  The 17 returners will be joined by 13 newcomers.  

Six returning starting position players are back in first baseball Austin Byler, outfielder Kewby Meyer, shortstop Kyle Hunt, catcher Ryan Teel, outfielder Brad Gerig, and second baseman Scott Kaplan.  The lone returning starting pitcher is lefty Tyler Wells.


 

 

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