Nevada hosts San Jose State this weekend at Peccole Park
Feb. 27, 2014
Upcoming Nevada Games
Fri., Feb. 28 - vs. San José State - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park (3,000) - 4:00 p.m. PT
Sat., Mar. 1 - vs. San José State - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park (3,000) - 1:00 p.m. PT
Sun., Mar 2 - vs. San José State - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park (3,000) - 12:00 p.m. PT
Tue., Mar 4 - at Pacific - Stockton, Calif. - Klein Family Field (2,500) - 6:00 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
Record: 2-6 MW: 0-3
Head Coach: Jay Johnson (Point Loma Nazarene, 2001)
at Nevada: 2-6 (First season)
Career Record: 39-22 (Second season)
SAN JOSÉ STATE SPARTANS
Record: 2-7 MW: 1-2
Head Coach: Dave Nakama (Willamette, 1984)
at SJSU: 19-48 (Second season)
Career Record: 74-156 (Fifth season)
Series: SJSU leads 76-65.
Last Game: Nevada swept the series with SJSU at home during the 2012 season.
Record: 4-5 WCC: 0-0
Head Coach: Ed Sprague
at Pacific.: 210-342 (11th season)
Career Record: same
Series: Nevada leads 99-57.
Last Game: Nevada won both games last season defeating the Tigers 11-9 in Stockton, Calif. and 6-4 at Peccole Park.
Nevada continues MW play at San Diego State on Mar. 7-9 and hosts Pacific on March 11.
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 San José State series. Tuesday’s game at Pacific will not air on radio.
INTERNET BROADCAST: All three games of the SJSU series will be broadcast over the internet at NevadaWolfPack.tv.
FREE AUDIO: Free audio for Friday and Sunday’s games can be heard at
LIVE STATS: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/m-basebl/sched/unv-m-basebl-sched.html
NEVADA LOOKS TO END SKID HOSTING SAN JOSÉ STATE: Nevada (2-6, 0-3 MW) will look to end a six-game losing skid when San José State University (2-7, 1-2 MW) comes to Peccole Park for a three-game Mountain West series this weekend. The Spartans are in their first year in the MW and will renew the rivalry with the Wolf Pack from when both schools competed in the Western Athletic Conference.
The Spartans have dropped two in a row and were picked to finish seventh in the preseason poll, two spots behind the Wolf Pack. Friday’s game is set for 4 p.m. Saturday’s first pitch is a 1 p.m. and Sunday at noon.
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.
26 IN ACTION: After two weeks of the 2014 season 26 players have seen action for the Wolf Pack, 17 position players and 10 pitchers. Freshman Trenton Brooks has done double duty playing in the outfield and pitching for the Pack. Of the 17 position players, 15 have made starts and eight played in the Silver & Blue for the first time. Five of the 10 pitchers took the mound for Nevada for the first time. Five different pitchers have earned starts.
PLAYER NOTES: Kewby Meyer leads the MW with nine runs scored ... Catcher Jordan Devencenzi has reached base in all eight games and holds the longest active hitting streak of six games which is tied for the longest of the season with Austin Byler ... Devencenzi is batting .360 (9-for-25) with a run scored and two doubles and three RBI during the hitting streak ... Brad Gerig has reached base in the last seven games and Scott Kaplan the last five ... Austin Byler is the only player to have a multiple RBI game this season driving in two the first game of the season ... Kaplan and Meyer both have four multi hit games ... Kaplan, Devencenzi, Gerig, Meyer and Byler have started all eight games ... Meyer in left field and Byler at first base are the only to two players to start every game at the same position ... Kaplan tied his career-high with three hits at Sacramento State with the first occurrence coming in the second game of the season last year vs. Kansas ... Michael Fain is 10th in the MW with a 2.79 ERA and Barry Timko 11th at 3.00 ... Fain, Timko and Trenton Brooks have each made two starts this season.
TEAM NOTES: Nevada is fifth in hitting (.240), sixth in pitching (4.61 ERA) and last in fielding (.938) in the MW ... Nevada has lost its last six after starting the season 2-0 ... The Pack has committed an error in every game and 19 on the season ... Nevada had a season-high five errors in the season opening 4-1 win vs. Boston College.
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. Currently he is batting .273 with four runs scored, two doubles and a team-high six RBI.
Meyer batted .302 with 28 runs scored, 11 doubles, a triple, two home runs and 18 RBI last season. Batting primarily leadoff he is hitting .266, with a MW leading nine runs scored, four doubles, a triple and three RBI this season.
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.