Nevada (2-2) begins MW play at Fresn State (3-2) this weekend.
Feb. 20, 2014
Upcoming Nevada Games
Fri., Feb. 21 - at Fresno State - Fresno, Calif. - Beiden Field (3,575) - 6:35 p.m. PT
Sat., Feb. 22 - at Fresno State - Fresno, Calif. - Beiden Field (3,575) - 2:05 p.m. PT
Sun., Feb. 23 - at Fresno State - Fresno, Calif. - Beiden Field (3,575) - 1:05 p.m. PT
Tue., Feb. 25 - at Sacramento State - Sacramento, Calif. - Raley Field (14,014) - 6:35 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
Record: 2-2 MW: 0-0
Head Coach: Jay Johnson (Point Loma Nazarene, 2001)
at Nevada: 2-2 (First season)
Career Record: 39-18 (Second season)
FRESNO STATE BULLDOGS
Record: 3-2 MW: 0-0
Head Coach: Mike Batesole (Cal State Fullerton, 1990)
at FS: 386-299 (12th season)
Career Record: 640-457-1 (19th season)
Series: FS leads the series 84-51. The Bulldogs won five of the eight meetings last season.
Last Game: FS won 10-1 in an elimination game at the 2013 MW Tournament in Fresno, Calif.
SACRAMENTO STATE HORNETS
Record: 3-2 WAC: 0-0
Head Coach: Reggie Christiansen (Menlo College, 1998)
at SAC ST.: 87-94 (Fifth season)
Career Record: 194-235 (Ninth season)
Series: Nevada leads the series 74-40. The Hornets won both meetings last season.
Last Game: Sacramento State won 7-6 on Apr. 30, 2013 at Peccole Park
Nevada hosts San Jose State for a three-game MW series Feb. 28-Mar. 2, that is also the home opener for the Wolf Pack. The Pack then travel to Stockton, Calif. to play Pacific on Mar. 4.
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 the Fresno State series. Don Marchand will call Tuesday’s game at Sacramento State that will air on KFOY 1060 AM.
INTERNET BROADCAST: Friday and Sunday’s games will be broadcast over the internet by Fresno State and can me found at NevadaWolfPack.tv.
FREE AUDIO: Free audio for Friday, Sunday and Tuesday’s games can be heard at
LIVE STATS: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/m-basebl/sched/unv-m-basebl-sched.html
NEVADA BEGINS MW PLAY AT FRESNO STATE: Just two weeks into the season and Mountain West play begins as the Wolf Pack travels to Fresno State (3-2) for a three-game series starting Friday night at 6:35 p.m. The Bulldogs were picked to finish fourth, one spot in front of the Pack.
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. His next win will be the 40th of his career.
OPENING WEEKEND: The 2014 Nevada baseball squad started the season with a pair of 4-1 wins on Friday over Boston College and Santa Clara. The two wins gave first-year head coach Jay Johnson a win in his Pack debut. Unfortunately Saturday and Sunday were not as kind to the Pack as they lost 7-3 to Boston College and 4-3 in 10 innings to Santa Clara.
23 SEE ACTION: In the first weekend of play 23 players saw action, 16 position players and eight pitchers. Freshman Trenton Brooks did double duty playing in the outfield and earning start on the mound. Of the 16 position players, eight played in the Silver & Blue for the first time. Three of the eight pitchers took the mound for Nevada for the first time.
PITCHERS SHINE: After four games the mostly inexperienced Nevada pitching staff posted an ERA of 2.23. Junior lefty Barry Timko started the opener and allowed one run on four hits in 5.2 innings on the mound to earn the win as Nevada defeated Boston College 4-1. Sophomore right-hander Michael Fain, last year's closer, pitched 4.1 innings and gave up one unearned run on three hits versus Santa Clara in a no decision in game two.
The veteran of the group is junior lefty Tyler Wells who has pitched in the weekend rotation every since coming to Nevada. Wells was tagged with a loss allowing two runs on five hits in 4.2 innings on the mound on Saturday to BC. Freshman lefty Trenton Brooks pitched five innings and gave up two unearned runs on four hits to earn a no decision against Santa Clara on Sunday.
Four pitchers were used out of the bullpen; Jason Deitrich, Adam Whitt, Colby Blueberg and Mark Nowaczewski. Deitrich tossed 3.1 shutout innings to earn the save in the season opening 4-1 over BC. Whitt made two appearances getting the save in the 4-1 win over Santa Clara was tagged with the loss in the 4-3 setback in 10 innings to Santa Clara on Sunday.
Blueberg also made two appearances getting a victory over Santa Clara tossing 1.2 shutout innings. Mark Nowaczewski struggled in his first collegiate outing allowing five runs, four earned in 4.1 innings of action in the BC loss.
JUNIORS EXPECTED TO LEAD OFFENSE: A pair of juniors are expected to lead the Pack offense this season in first baseman Austin Byler and left fielder Kewby Meyer. 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. In the four games in Santa Clara, Calif. to open the season he batted .375 with two runs scored two doubles and four RBI.
Meyer batted .302 with 28 runs scored, 11 doubles, a triple, two home runs and 18 RBI last season. The opening weekend he hit .333, with five runs scored, two doubles, a triple and drove in one. He batted leadoff all four games.
COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS: 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.