March 13, 2014
NEVADA STEPS OUT OF MW PLAY: After three consecutive weekends of Mountain West play, Nevada (7-9, 3-6 MW) travels to Hawai`i (7-9) to play a four-game nonconference series at Les Murakami Stadium. The Wolf Pack and Rainbow Warriors renew a rivalry from when both teams played in the Western Athletic Conference. Both schools left the WAC after the 2012 season.
Friday, Saturday and Monday's games will start at 9:35 p.m. PT. Sunday's first pitch is set for 4:05 p.m. PT. The Pack has won four of its last six games. After winning five in a row UH has lost five of its last seven games. UH is 6-6 at home and went 1-3 in its only road trip of the season at Texas last weekend.
Upcoming Nevada Games
Fri., Mar. 14 - at Hawai`i - Honolulu, Hawai`i - Les Murakami Stadium (4,312) - 9:35 p.m. PT
Sat., Mar. 15 - at Hawai`i - Honolulu, Hawai`i - Les Murakami Stadium (4,312) - 9:35 p.m. PT
Sun., Mar 16 - at Hawai`i - Honolulu, Hawai`i - Les Murakami Stadium (4,312) - 4:05 p.m. PT
Mon., Mar 17 - at Hawai`i - Honolulu, Hawai`i - Les Murakami Stadium (4,312) - 9:35 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
Record: 7-9 MW: 3-6
Head Coach: Jay Johnson (Point Loma Nazarene, 2001)
at Nevada: 7-9 (First season)
Career Record: 44-25 (Second season)
HAWAI'I RAINBOW WARRIORS
Record: 7-9 BWC: 0-0
Head Coach: Mike Trapasso (Oklahoma State (1987)
at UH: 367-338 (13th season)
Career Record: same
Series: Nevada leads 35-32.
Last Game: UH won the last game in the series 8-3 on May 19, 2012 in Honolulu, Hawai`i. The Rainbow Warriors won two of the three games in the three-game series. The Pack won the middle game 4-2 in 10 innings while UH took the first game 2-0 and the final game 8-3.
Nevada hosts Air Force for a three-game Mountain West series at Peccole Park, Mar. 21-23.
NEVADA ON RADIO: All four games of the Hawai`i series can be heard live on 1060 AM with Don Marchand calling all the action. Pregame is 15 minutes prior to first pitch.
INTERNET BROADCAST: Friday and Saturday's games at Hawai`i will be broadcast at www.OCSports.tv
FREE AUDIO: Free audio can be heard at http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/audio
LIVE STATS: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/m-basebl/sched/unv-m-basebl-sched.html
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.
26 IN ACTION: After four 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.
HITTING: The longest hit streaks this season has been seven games by Kewby Meyer, Brad Gerig and Jordan Devencenzi. ... Meyer hit .387, Gerig batted .267 and Devencenzi .379 during their hit streaks ... Meyer and Austin Byler have the longest active streaks at three games ... Byler has reached base in the last nine games which is the longest streak on the team behind Gerig's 10 ... Bryce Greager has reached in the last six games and Devencenzi five ... Meyer (LF) and Byler (1B) are the only two players to start ever game and at the same position ... Meyer ranks second in doubles in the MW and 17th in batting average (.314) ... Meyer tops the team with eight multiple hit games ... Freshman infielder Justin Bridgman had four RBI at Pacific which is tied for the top performance in the MW this season ... Bridgman's five stolen bases is tops in the MW and three in conference play also leads the league ... Byler, Trenton Brooks, Kyle Hunt and Bryce Greager each have hit a home run to account for Nevada's four this season ... Brooks and Hunt hit their home runs in the same game at SDSU ... Three of the Pack's four home runs came in the three-game series at SDSU ... Three home runs have been hit on 1-1 counts.
PITCHING: Junior reliever Colby Blueberg's 0.56 ERA leads the MW while sophomore Michael Fain's 1.69 ERA is fourth ... Jason Deitrich (3.71), Barry Timko (3.78) and Adam Whitt (4.00) rank in spots 15-17 in MW ERA ... Nevada has three of the top five pitchers in opponent batting in the MW; Blueberg is first at .154, Adam Whitt ranks third at .160 and Fain is fifth with a .203 opponent batting average ... Whitt is tied for third in the MW with three saves ... Fain's nine strikeouts looking is tied for ninth in the MW ... Blueberg's 10 relief appearances is first in the conference and Whitt's nine is tied for second ... Blueberg has hit a MW high six batters and Deitrich is tied for second with five while Tyler Wells is tied for fourth having hit four batters ... All four of Fain's appearances have been starts.
TEAM NOTES: Nevada is fifth in hitting (.251), fifth in pitching (4.46 ERA) and sixth in fielding (.958) in the MW ... The Pack's 17 stolen bases leads the MW ... All four of Nevada's home runs have come in MW play .. The four home runs is the most in MW play and tied for third overall ... The Pack has played nine MW games, the most of any conference team ... Nevada has hit MW high 26 batters and 19 in MW play is also tops ... Nevada snapped a six-game losing skid with a 6-4 win vs. SJSU ... The Pack has committed an error in 14-of-16 games this season ... Nevada had a season-high five errors in the season opening 4-1 win vs. Boston College ... Nevada's five stolen bases in the Mar. 2 SJSU game is the top performance in the MW this season ... The Pack's two home runs at San Diego State on Mar. 8 is tied for the most in a game by a MW team.
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 .258 with nine runs scored, four doubles, a triple, a home run and a team-high 10 RBI.
Meyer batted .302 with 28 runs scored, 11 doubles, a triple, two home runs and 18 RBI last season. He is hitting at team-high .314 and tops the team with 12 runs scored, seven doubles and 22 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.