Nevada Begins WAC Play Hosting Louisiana Tech Starting Thursday At 6:00 p.m.
Nevada Probable Lineup
TEAM: Nevada is 4-3 in WAC openers...After starting the season 0-5 the Pack have gone 8-3 to even their season record at 8-8...Nevada leads with WAC in hitting(.330) and fielding pecentage(.976) while the squad is fifth in ERA(6.15)...13 of Nevada’s WAC leading 18 double plays have come in the last 9 games including a season-high 4 vs. UC Riverside(3/8)...Eight times this season the Pack have scored in double figures winning 7 of those contests including a stretch of four wins in a row when scoring in double figures vs. UT Arlington(10), CSUMB(24), CSUMB(16) and UC Riverside(10) while the only loss when scoring double digits was a 17-10 setback to #22 Oregon State...Nevada concludes a season long 14-game homestand with the four games with Louisiana Tech this weekend and have gone 7-3 in the first 10...Nevada won its first series of the year taking 2-of-3 from UC Riverside(3/7-9)...The Pack split its two games with the two-time College World Series Champion Oregon State Beavers last weekend winning 10-1, losing 17-10 and the third game was cancelled due to weather...Nevada had a season-high 26 hits and 24 runs in game 1 vs. CSUMB...The team went 1-2 competing at the Southwest Diamond Classic played at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas...Nevada spent five days on the road Feb. 26-Mar. 1 which will be the longest stay away from home this season...Nevada’s next road game is Tuesday March 25 at UNLV...Nevada was picked to finish third in the Preseason WAC Coaches’ Poll behind Fresno State and Louisiana Tech...Head coach Gary Powers is in his 26th season of directing the Wolf Pack baseball program in 2008 and is the longest tenured coach in the history of Nevada athletics.
AT THE PLATE: 2B-David Ciarlo, 1B-Shaun Kort and 3B-Jason Rodriguez have been named WAC Hitters of the Week the last three weeks...Ciarlo Leads the WAC in 4 categories: hitting(.538), slugging %(.808), triples(2), on base %(.607) and ranks in the top 10 in two others...Ciarlo hit .595(25-for-42) with 15 runs scored, 11RBI, 4 doubles, 2 triples and 2 home runs during career and team season-high 12-game hit streak that was snapped vs. Oregon State(3/14)...Ciarlo has started 87 consecutive games at second base...C-Tyson Jaquez is hitting .345(10-for-29) with 6 runs scored, 6RBI, 3 doubles and 2 home runs during his current career-high 9-game hit streak which is the second longest on the team this year and longest active streak on the team...Nevada boasts 4 of the top 11 hitters in the WAC: David Ciarlo(.538,1st), Jason Rodriguez(.448,2nd), Shaun Kort(.403,4th) and Jason Sadoian(.351,11th)...Ciarlo(.800,4R,2B,2HR,6RBI) and Kort(.444, R,3RBI) were named the Southwest Diamond Classic All-Tournament squad...3B-Jason Rodriguez is tied for the WAC lead with 5 home runs and had the first 2 home game of his career vs. Oregon State(3/14)...Rodriguez is second in the WAC with a .448 batting average, .776 slugging %, .542 on base %, 45 total bases and is in the top 10 in three other offensive categories...Infielders Ciarlo(2B), Kort(1B) and 3B-Jason Rodriguez have started all 16 games at the same position...Rodriguez and Ciarlo lead the team with 10 multi hit games each...Kort tops the team with 6 multi RBI contests while Ciarlo and Rodriguez have 4...23 Kort’s WAC leading 25RBI have come in the last 11 games...Nevada pinch hitters are hitting .259(7-for-27) with 3 runs scored, a home run and 5RBI...LF-Nick Leid drove in a team and WAC high 7 runs in game 1 vs. CSUMB...Bowman and Kort each had 5 hits in game 1 vs. CSUMB which is the high by any player in the WAC this season and their career highs...Bowman had 3 doubles in game 1 vs. CSUMB which established a new career-high and is the most by any WAC player this season...Freshmen IF-Joe Wallace, OF-Waylen Sing Chow and IF-Garrett Patterson all collected their first collegiate hits in the doubleheader sweep of CSUMB...six different Pack players, Kort, Bowman, Leid, Sadoian, and P-Dan Eastham hit home runs in Nevada’s doubleheader sweep of CSUMB...Kort drove in a career-high 5 runs in game 1 vs. CS Monterey Bay and Bowman had a career-high 4 RBI.
ON THE MOUND: Nevada has used 15 pitchers in the first 16 games of the season...8 Pack pitchers RHP-Bryan Suarez(2ip), RHP-Sammy Miller(1ip), LHP-Jacob Kaup(1ip), RHP-Dereck Achelpohl(1ip), LHP-Brock Stassi(1ip), RHP-Dan Eastham(1ip), RHP-Ryan Iodence(1ip) and RHP-Ben Colton(1ip) combined to allow just 5 hits in a 10-0 shutout of Pacific on Tuesday...Eastham(4ip), Iodence(1ip), Miller(1ip) and Stassi(1ip) combined earlier in the season to shutout CSUMB 16-0 in the second game of a doubleheader back on Mar. 4...RHP-Rod Scurry won his second consecutive start allowing just one hit in 7 innings vs. #22 Oregon State and the lone single did not come until the start of the 6th inning...In Scurry’s last 2 starts he is is 2-0 with a 1.29 allowing just 6 hits in 14 innings on the mound...after making two starts this season RHP-Mario Rivera(0-1) came out of the bullpen in the final game vs. UC Riverside and pitched 2 innings of shutout baseball to earn the first save by a Pack pitcher this season and 6th of his career and LHP-Brock Stassi pitched 1.2 innings vs. Saint Mary’s to earn his first career save for the Pack in the next game...Scurry(2-2) and LHP-Chris Garcia(0-2) have made four starts each...Scurry and RHP-Kyle Howe(1-0) won their first games of the season pitching 7 innings each in games 1 and 3 of the UC Riverside series...RHP-Dan Eastham got his first win of his career tossing 4 shutout innings in his start vs. CSUMB, he was the first starter to earn a win this season...The Nevada bullpen has allowed 14-of-32(44%) inherited runners to score...The Pack’s first two wins of the season came from relievers RHP-Stephen Bautista vs. UT Arlington and Suarez vs. CSUMB but 5-of-8 on the season have been by starters...Suarez and Scurry are tied for the team lead with 2 wins apiece.
PACK OPEN WAC PLAY HOSTING LOUISIANA TECH
2008 WAC SCHEDULE:
RODRIGUEZ NAMED WAC HITTER OF THE WEEK: