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Two home games with Grand Canyon start of busy week


Michael Fain will make the start on Monday versus Grand Canyon.

Michael Fain will make the start on Monday versus Grand Canyon.

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NEVADA HOSTS GRAND CANYON FOR TWO AT ACES TUESDAY: After having the weekend off the University of Nevada (12-12, 6-6 MW) will host Grand Canyon for two games Monday and Tuesday.  The Wolf Pack will also play an exhibition game on Tuesday night against the Reno Aces, the triple A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondback at Aces Ballpark in downtown Reno.
    Monday's game gets underway at 6 p.m. and first pitch on Tuesday is noon.  The exhibition game is scheduled for Tuesday night at 6:05 p.m.  
    Nevada has won three of its last four games while the Antelopes has won its last four.

Upcoming Nevada Games
Mon., Mar. 31- vs. Grand Canyon - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park (3,000) -  6:00 p.m. PT
Tue., Apr. 1 - vs. Grand Canyon - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park (3,000) -  12:00 p.m. PT
Tue., Apr. 1 - at Reno Aces (exhibition) - Reno, Nev. - Aces Ballpark (9,100) -  6:05 p.m. PT
        
NEVADA WOLF PACK
    Record: 12-12 MW: 6-6
    Head Coach: Jay Johnson (Point Loma Nazarene, 2001)
    at Nevada: 12-12 (First season)
    Career Record: 49-28 (Second season)

GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY ANTELOPES
    Record: 14-11 WAC: 5-1
    Head Coach: Andy Stankiewicz (Pepperdine, 1986)
    at GCU: 81-53 (Third season)
    Career Record: same        
    Series:  Nevada leads 10-1
    Last Games: Nevada won all three games in the last series played at Grand Canyon to start             the 1995 season.   The Wolf Pack won by scores of 8-5, 9-3 and 3-0.

RENO ACES
    For the fifth consecutive season the Wolf Pack and Aces will play an exhibition game at Aces Ballpark in downtown Reno.  This year's game will be played on Tuesday at 6:05 p.m.   The Aces hold a 3-1 series advantage.
    The Nevada ticket office is selling discounted $10 tickets (normally $15) for the game at the Legacy Hall ticket office and online at NevadaWolfPack.com.  For more information or to purchase today call (775) 348-PACK.  Discounted tickets can only be purchased through the University and are only available if purchased by March 31.  Tickets on gameday are $15 and are only available at the Aces box office.
     All proceeds from tickets purchased in advance through Nevada Athletics will directly benefit the Nevada Dugout Club.  The game partnership with the Aces has provided more than $60,000 for the Dugout Club, the baseball specific excellence fund at the University of Nevada, since its inception.
     Fans not able to attend can still support the program and the community by purchasing tickets for underprivileged youth in the Reno-Sparks area and send a kid to the game. Send-a-kid tickets may be purchases by calling the Nevada Athletics Development Office at 775-682-6901.

UP NEXT
Nevada returns to Mountain West play traveling to San Jose, Calif. to play the San José State Spartans in a three-game series next weekend.  The Pack won two of the three meetings played earlier this year at Peccole Park. 

NEVADA ON RADIO:  Nevada baseball can be heard on 1060 AM with Don Marchand calling all the action.  Pregame is 15 minutes prior to first pitch.

INTERNET BROADCAST:  Both games versus Grand Canyon may be viewed at NevadaWolfPack.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 has 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 40th game as a head coach when Nevada defeated SJSU 6-4 and is now one from 50 career wins.

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.

PLAYER NOTES
HITTING: The longest hit streaks this season have been seven games by Kewby Meyer,  Brad Gerig and Jordan Devencenzi.  ...  Meyer hit .387, Gerig batted .267 and Devencenzi .379 during their hit streaks  ...  The current longest active hit streaks are four games by Meyer, Kyle Hunt and Scott Kaplan  ...  Byler reached base in a team season-high 15 consecutive games until the streak was snapped in the final game of the Air Force series as he did not reach base in four plate appearances  ...  Brad Gerig and Devencenzi had streaks of reaching base in 10 consecutive games earlier this season  ...  Ryan Teel's five-game streak of reaching base is the longest current streak  ...  Meyer (LF) and Byler (1B) are the only two players to start ever game and at the same position  ...  Shortstop Kyle Hunt is the only other player to appear in all 24 games and has started 21 all at shortstop  ...  Meyer's 11 doubles is tied for second in the MW and is tied for seventh with 49 total bases  ...  Meyer is 11th in the MW with a .327 batting average and in conference play ranks 10th with an identical .327 average  ...  Meyer tops the team with 11 multiple hit games  ...  Meyer ranks seventh in the MW with a .485 slugging percentage and Byler is eighth at .484  ...  Byler's three triples is tied for first in the MW and Jay Anderson has two that is tied for third  ...  Freshman infielder Justin Bridgman's four RBI at Pacific is the high by a Pack player this season  ... Bridgman's six stolen bases is tied for fifth in the MW and three in conference play is third  ...  Byler leads the Pack with 17 RBI, three triples and three home runs  ...  Byler's three home runs is tied for fifth in the conference ...  Trenton Brooks and Kyle Hunt hit home runs in the same game at SDSU   ... Three of the Pack's seven home runs came in the three-game series at SDSU  ...  Four home runs have been hit on 1-1 counts and two have been leadoff homers  ...  Devencenzi has been hit by pitch a MW high nine times and Hunt is tied for third being hit six times  ...  Devencenzi is tied for third in the MW having caught eight base stealers.

PITCHING:  Four Pack pitchers rank in the top 20 in ERA in the MW with Michael Fain sixth at 2.25, Jason Deitrich is ninth at 3.07, Barry Timko is 14th at 4.08 and Tyler Wells is tied for 17th at 4.76  ...  The four also rank in the top 20 in opponent batting averages; Fain (.212,4th), Deitrich (.245,10th), Timko (.270,15th) and Wells (19th, .289)  ...  Adam Whitt and Fain are tied for fifth in the MW with 10 strikouts looking  ...  Fain's three wins is tied for sixth in the conference  ...  Whitt's five saves is tied for second in the MW and his 14 appearances is tied for fourth  ...  Colby Blueberg's 15 appearances and 15 relief appearances is tied for first in the MW  ...  Deitrich and Blueberg have each hit seven batters which is tied for first in the MW  ...  Whitt is second in the MW with 11 games finished and 14 in relief is tied for third  ...  Mark Nowaczewski and Deitrich  are tied for first in MW play having hit four batters each  ...  Fain  is the only Pack pitcher to make a start each weekend  ...  Fain and Wells have each pitched complete games for the Pack  ...  Wells earned his first win of the season in his last outing vs. Air Force allowing one run in seven innings  ...  Six different pitchers have earned a win this season.

TEAM NOTES: Nevada is 6-1 at home and 0-3 in extra innings  ...  All three of Nevada's extra inning losses came in 10 innings  ...  Nevada is fifth in hitting (.254), fourth in pitching (3.83 ERA) and fifth in fielding (.966) in the MW ...  In MW play the Pack are fifth in batting (.265), fifth in ERA (4.41) and second in fielding (.978)  ...  Nevada's two hits allowed at Hawai`i in the 1-0 loss on Mar. 17 is tied for the fewest allowed by a MW team this season  ...  The Pack's 24 stolen bases is third in the MW and nine in conference play is tied for second  ...  Three times this season the Pack has won a season-high three games in a row  ...  Five of Nevada's seven home runs have come in MW play ...  The five home runs in MW play is tied for first with UNLV  ...  Nevada ranks second in the MW having hit 33 batters and 21 in MW play is tops in the league  ... Nevada snapped a six-game losing skid with a 6-4 win vs. SJSU ...  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  ... The Pack's five stolen bases vs. San José State (Mar. 2) is the most in a MW game.

FAIN TOSSES FIRST COMPLETE GAME: Sophomore Michael Fain pitched the first game complete game of his career in the Pack's 5-1 victory over Air Force.  Nevada's closer last year Fain moved into the rotation this season and is now 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA.
    Fain allowed just one run on four hits to the Falcons and struck out four.  He tossed four shutout innings before AF scored a run in the fifth then did not allow another run.  The final 13 batters of the game were retired by the right-hander.  Three of the Falcons four hits came in the fifth inning.  

WELLS SOLID IN LAST TWO OUTINGS: Junior lefty Tyler Wells has been outstanding in his last two starts that came within the same week.  At Hawai`i on Mar. 17 he was tagged with the loss in the 1-0 setback.  Wells allowed just two hits and struck out eight, pitching the first complete game of his career.  The eight strikeouts are one short of his career-high of nine.  At one point he retired 18 consecutive batters.
    In his Mar. 23 start versus Air Force he earned his first win of the season allowing one run on six hits in seven innings on the mound as the Pack won 7-1.  He recorded four strikeouts while throwing 102 pitches.
    In the two combined starts he was 1-1, struck out 12, walked just three and posted a 1.20 ERA.  Opponents collected just eight hits in 15 innings.

TIMKO AND WELLS: Junior lefties Barry Timko and Tyler Wells put together two incredible strings of retiring consecutive batters in the Hawai`i series.  
    In game two Timko allowed a single to start the second inning then retired the next 19 batters.  The Pack rallied to win 10-6.  Timko received a no decision.
    In the final game Wells allowed a single to start the game then set down the next 18 hitters in a 1-0 loss.  Both pitchers tossed complete games and faced the minimum 52 batters possible in a nine-inning complete game.  Despite the outstanding performance Wells suffered his third loss of the season.

WHITT ONE SAVE FROM TOP 10: Sophomore Adam Whitt has five saves this season and six in his career at Nevada.  Whitt is one save from moving into a tie for the ninth best season in school history.  Two more saves would put him into a tie for 10th on Nevada's career list.

MEYER ON TOP: Junior left fielder Kewby Meyer leads the Nevada offense in most categories.  Meyer is first in batting average (.327), slugging percentage (.485), runs scored (20), hits (33), doubles (11), total bases (49), total plate appearances (110), at bats (101) and multiple hit games (11).  Meyer is so consistent he is also batting .327 in MW play.  His seven-game hit streak this season is tied for the longest on the team with Jordan Devencenzi and Brad Gerig.
    Meyer ranks in the top 15 in six offensive categories in the MW; batting average (11th), slugging percentage (7th), runs (T8th), hits (T12th), doubles (T2nd) and totals bases (T7th).
    
RALLY TIME: Nevada won three consecutive games with late inning rallies from Mar. 11 to Mar. 15.
    In the Pacific home game on Mar. 11 the Pack trailed 6-4 going to the bottom of the ninth inning and scored three runs on three hits to win 7-6.  Freshman Trenton Brooks delivered a two-RBI single to score the tying and winning runs.
    Trailing 4-2 going to the top of the eighth inning in the series opener at Hawai'i on Mar. 14, the Pack scored five times on five hits on the way to the 7-4 victory.  Bryce Barger and Justin Bridgmen had RBIs to tie the game at four.  Austin Byler's bases clearing triple put Nevada up 7-4.
    The next night at UH, Nevada waited until the top of the ninth inning scoring eight runs on just five hits to rally from a 6-2 deficit to win 10-6.  Hawaii native Kewby Meyer's first home run of the season, was a three-run shot that tied the game at six.  A wild pitch, bases loaded walk to pinch hitter Scott Kaplan, a sacrifice fly by Bridgman and a double by Kyle Hunt scored four more runs for the Wolf Pack.

BASEBALL POSTERS AVAILABLE: Stop by the marketing table this weekend to get your 2014 Nevada baseball poster.  Schedule cards will also be available.

JUNIORS 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 .264 with 16 runs scored, five doubles, three triples, three home runs and a team-high 17 RBI.
    Meyer batted .302 with 28 runs scored, 11 doubles, a triple, two home runs and 18 RBI last season.  Currently he tops the team in hitting (.327), slugging percentage (.485), runs (20), hits (33) and doubles (11).

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.

PURCHASE ACES TICKETS:  The University of Nevada Wolf Pack and the Reno Aces will meet for the fifth consecutive season for an exhibition baseball contest at Aces Ballpark on Apr. 1 at 6:05 p.m.  The Nevada ticket office is selling discounted $10 tickets (normally $15) for the game at the Legacy Hall ticket office and online at NevadaWolfPack.com.  For more information or to purchase today call (775) 348-PACK.  Discounted tickets can only be purchased through the University and are only available if purchased by March 31.  Tickets on gameday are $15 and are only available at the Aces box office.
     "We are excited to partner with the University of Nevada to again host the exhibition game this year," said Stuart Katzoff, Aces President and Managing Partner. "The chance to give back to the community by supporting the local university is a great opportunity, and we look forward to making another donation to support the Wolf Pack baseball team."
     All proceeds from tickets purchased in advance through Nevada Athletics will directly benefit the Nevada Dugout Club.  The game partnership with the Aces has provided more than $60,000 for the Dugout Club, the baseball specific excellence fund at the University of Nevada, since its inception.
     Fans not able to attend can still support the program and the community by purchasing tickets for underprivileged youth in the Reno-Sparks area and send a kid to the game. Send-a-kid tickets may be purchases by calling the Nevada Athletics Development Office at 775-682-6901.

PITCHERS GEM IN PARADISE:  The University of Nevada baseball team lost 1-0 at Hawai`i on Monday night at Les Murakami Stadium as both pitchers tossed complete game gems.  One rare occurrence was that only 52 batters came to the plate.  The 52 batters is the minimum that could come to the plate in a complete nine-inning game.
    Wolf Pack starter Tyler Wells suffered the loss allowing just two hits and struck out eight in a career-high eight innings.  Wells faced 25 batters, one over the minimum.
    The Rainbow Warriors leadoff hitter Stephen Ventimilia, in the bottom of the first inning was the only player that scored as he singled, stole second base and advance to third on the same play courtesy of a wild pitch.  Ventimilia scored the only run of the of the night on a groundout by Kaeo Aliviado.
    After the single to Ventimilia Wells retired the next 18 batters before allowing a single to Aliviado in the seventh.  Wells caught Aliviado stealing second base and retired the next five batters to end the game.
    UH starter Scott Kuzminsky earned the victory allowing two hits and walked just one facing the minimum 27 batters.  Pack first baseman Austin Byler walked in the first inning and was caught stealing.  Catcher Jordan Devencenzi singled in the fifth inning and was retired on a double play.  Byler singled in the seventh and was erased on a double play.
    The only runner to get past first base in the game was Ventimilia in the first inning.
    UH and Nevada last played a 1-0 game at Les Murakami Stadium on Apr. 29, 2004.  The Pack's Travis Sutton and the Rainbow Warriors Ricky Bauer both tossed nine shutout innings before both teams went to the bullpen.  UH scored a run in the bottom of the 10th inning with two out  to win 1-0.


 

 

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