March 6, 2014
Upcoming Nevada Games
Fri., Mar. 7 - at San Diego State - San Diego, Calif. - Tony Gwynn Stadium (3,000) - 6:00 p.m. PT
Sat., Mar. 8 - at San Diego State - San Diego, Calif. - Tony Gwynn Stadium (3,000) - 2:00 p.m. PT
Sun., Mar 9 - at San Diego State - San Diego, Calif. - Tony Gwynn Stadium (3,000) - 12:00 p.m. PT
Tue., Mar 11 - vs. Pacific - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park (3,000) - 4:00 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
Record: 5-7 MW: 2-4
Head Coach: Jay Johnson (Point Loma Nazarene, 2001)
at Nevada: 5-7 (First season)
Career Record: 42-23 (Second season)
SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY AZTECS
Record: 9-3 MW: 2-1
Head Coach: Tony Gwynn (San Diego State)
at SDSU: 330-345 (12th season)
Career Record: same
Series: SDSU leads the series 9-8.
Last Game: Nevada won the last game 4-3 at Peccole Park on May 7, 2013. SDSU won four of the six MW games last season including all three played at Tony Gywnn Stadium.
Record: 7-7 WCC: 0-0
Head Coach: Ed Sprague
at Pacific.: 213-344 (11th season)
Career Record: same
Series: Nevada leads 100-57.
Last Game: Nevada won 8-4 at Pacific on Tuesday. The Pack won both games last season defeating
the Tigers 11-9 in Stockton, Calif. and 6-4 at Peccole Park.
Up Next: The Tigers play four games in the Jack Gifford Memorial Tournament vs. SJSU, UC Davis, Washington and Santa Clara.
Nevada steps out of MW play with a four-game series at Hawai`i, Mar. 14-17.
NEVADA AT SAN DIEGO STATE THIS WEEKEND: Nevada (5-7, 2-4 MW) snapped a six-game losing skid with a 6-4 victory over San José State University and now has won three of its last four games. The Wolf Pack travels to San Diego State (9-3, 2-1 MW) for a three-game Mountain West series starting Friday night a 6 p.m. Saturday's game is a 2 p.m. first pitch and Sunday's final game starts at noon.
The Aztecs and New Mexico were picked to finish first in the preseason coaches poll. SDSU has also won three of its last four games. The Aztecs won two-of-three MW games at SJSU to begin the season.
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. He won his 40 game as a head coach when Nevada defeated SJSU 6-4 last Friday.
26 IN ACTION: After three 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, 16 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: Outfielder Kewby Meyer's seven-game hit streak is the longest active streak on the team and tied with Brad Gerig and Jordan Devencenzi for the longest this season ... Meyer is batting .387 (12-for-31) with five runs scored, four doubles and five RBI during the streak ... Gerig hit .267 during his streak and Devencenzi .379 ... Meyer ranks second in doubles (6), fourth in total bases (26) and 14th in batting average (.340) in the MW ... Devencenzi has reached base in the first 10 games of the season which is the longest stretch on the team this season ... Meyer has reached base in the last seven games, shortstop Kyle Hunt has reached base in the last six games and first baseman Austin Byler the last five ... Hunt tops the team with a .343 average that is 13th in the MW and his .417 average in MW play is fifth ... In MW play Hunt is tied for first in hits (10), is first in doubles (4), ranks second in runs scored (6) and is second in total bases (14) ... Meyer tops the team with seven multiple hit games ... Freshman infielder Justin Bridgman had four RBI at Pacific which is tied for the top performance in the MW this season ... Austin Byler is the only player to have two multiple RBI game this season driving in two the first game of the season and two with the Pack's only home run in game two vs. SJSU ... Gerig, Meyer and Byler have started all 12 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 fifth in the MW with a 1.76 ERA and Barry Timko seventh at 2.03 ... Fain and Trenton Brooks have each made three starts this season ... Barry Timko and Colby Blueberg are both 2-0 on the season ... Blueberg's eight appearances is twice as many as any other Pack player and his 0.84 ERA tops the team.
TEAM NOTES: Nevada is fifth in hitting (.258), fifth in pitching (4.36 ERA) and last in fielding (.952) in the MW ... Nevada snapped a six-game losing skid with a 6-4 win vs. SJSU ... The Pack has committed an error in 11-of-12 games this season except the final game of the SJSU series ... 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 .255 with six runs scored, two doubles, a home run and a team-high nine RBI.
Meyer batted .302 with 28 runs scored, 11 doubles, a triple, two home runs and 18 RBI last season. He is hitting .340 and tops the team with 10 runs scored, six doubles and 18 hits.
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.