Jay Johnson won his 50th game on Tuesday.
April 3, 2014
NEVADA AT SAN JOSÉ STATE FOR THREE BEFORE HOSTING SANTA CLARA: The University of Nevada (13-13, 6-6 MW) returns to Mountain West play this weekend at San José State (8-21, 4-8 MW). The Wolf Pack won two of the three games played at Peccole Park earlier this season. Friday's game is set for 6 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday's games scheduled for a 1 p.m. first pitch.
On Tuesday Nevada welcomes Santa Clara to Peccole Park for a 6 p.m. contest. The Pack and Broncos split the two games in Santa Clara, Calif. the first weekend of the season.
Fri., Apr. 4 - at San José State - San Jose, Calif. - Municipal Stadium (5,200) - 6:00 p.m. PT
Sat, Apr. 5 - at San José State - San Jose, Calif. - Municipal Stadium (5,200) - 1:00 p.m. PT
Sun., Apr. 6 - at San José State - San Jose, Calif. - Municipal Stadium (5,200) - 1:00 p.m. PT
Tue., Apr. 8 - vs. Santa Clara - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park (3,000) - 6:00 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
Record: 13-13 MW: 6-6
Head Coach: Jay Johnson (Point Loma Nazarene, 2001)
at Nevada: 13-13 (First season)
Career Record: 50-29 (Second season)
SAN JOSÉ STATE SPARTANS
Record: 8-21 MW: 4-8
Head Coach: Dave Nakama (Willamette, 1984)
at SJSU: 25-62 (Second season)
Career Record: 80-170 (Fifth season)
Series: SJSU leads 78-66
Last Games: Nevada won two of the three games played in Reno earlier this season.
In Reno - Feb. 28-Mar. 2, 2014: Pack 6-4, SJSU 7-4 (10), Pack 8-3
In San Jose - May 20-22, 2011: Pack 11-4, SJSU 11-10, Pack 7-6, Pack 8-5
SANTA CLARA BRONCOS
Record: 11-17 WCC: 2-4
Head Coach: Dan O'Brien (UC San Diego, 1995)
at SC: 51-84 (Third season)
Career Record: 505-367-1 (17th season)
Upcoming games: Portland, Apr. 4-6
Series: SCU leads 64-54-2
Last Games: The two schools split the two games in Santa Clara earlier this year.
In Reno - May 8, 2007: Pack 9-8
In Santa Clara - Feb. 14 & Feb. 16, 2014: Pack 4-1, SC 4-3 (10)
Nevada hosts San Diego State Apr. 11-13. The Aztecs won two of the three games in San Diego, Mar. 7-9.
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: All three games of the SJSU series and the game with Santa Clara 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
PACK TIED FOR FOURTH: Nevada is tied for fourth in the MW standings with Fresno State at 6-6. The Bulldogs swept the Pack earlier this year in Fresno and travel to Reno on Apr. 17-19.
UNLV is atop the standings at 9-3 followed by New Mexico (8-4) and San Diego State (7-5). SJSU (4-8) is sixth and Air Force (2-10) seventh.
JOHNSON WINS 50TH GAME: First-year head coach Jay Johnson won his 50th game as a head coach when the Pack defeated Grand Canyon 3-2 on Tuesday. Johnson took over for Gary Powers who retired after 31 seasons leading the Wolf Pack. Powers won 937 games leading the Wolf Pack. Johnson came to Nevada after spending the last eight seasons as associate head coach at the University of San Diego.
HITTING: Kyle Hunt `s six-game hit streak is the longest active streak on the team and he is batting .400 (8-for-20) with four runs scored, a double and two RBI during the streak ... Hunt's six-game hitting streak is tied for the longest of his career that also occurred last season ... 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 ... Scott Kaplan is batting .312 (5-for-16) with a double and an RBI during his current five-game hit streak ... Austin 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 ... Hunt (6), Kaplan (5) Ryan Teel (5) and Justin Bridgman (4) have the longest active streaks of reaching base ... Meyer (LF) and Byler (1B) are the only two players to start ever game and at the same position ... Hunt is the only other player to appear in every game and has started 23 all at shortstop ... Meyer's 11 doubles is third in the MW and is tied for seventh with 49 total bases ... Meyer is 10th in MW play with a .327 batting average ... Meyer tops the team with 11 multiple hit games that is tied for fifth in the MW ... Meyer's nine runs scored in MW action is tied for sixth ... Byler ranks fourth in the MW with a .495 slugging percentage and Meyer is ninth at .454 ... Byler's .512 slugging percentage in MW play ranks seventh and his nine RBI is tied for seventh ... In MW action Byler is tied for sixth with 22 total bases and Hunt's 21 is tied for ninth ... Byler's three triples is tied for first in the MW and Jay Anderson has two that is tied for third ... In MW play Byler and Anderson have hit two triples that is tied for first on the conference ... Hunt is sixth overall in the conference with a .425 on base percentage and tied for 15th in MW play with a .392 OB% ... Hunt and Brooks both have four doubles in conference play that is tied for fourth in the MW ... 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 sixth in the MW and three in conference play is third ... Byler leads the Pack with 18 RBI, three triples and three home runs ... Byler's three home runs is tied for fifth in the conference and two in MW play is tied for second ... 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 fourth in the MW having caught eight base stealers.
PITCHING: Three Pack pitchers rank in the top 20 in ERA in the MW with Michael Fain sixth at 2.28, Jason Deitrich is 11th at 2.97 and Barry Timko is 16th at 4.02 ... In conference play Fain ranks second with a 1.73 ERA, Timko is 12th at 4.38 and Deitrich 14th at 4.61 ... The three also rank in the top 20 in opponent batting averages; Fain (.217,4th), Deitrich (.246,12th) and Timko (.269,17th) ... Nevada is 5-2 in Fain's seven starts, 4-2 when Wells starts, 3-2 when Timko starts and 0-4 when Deitrich makes the start ... Fain's .185 opponent batting average is first in MW play, Deitrich is ninth at .278, Mark Nowaczewski ranks 11th at 2.93 and Timko is 20th at .319 ... Fain's 19 strikeouts in MW play is fifth, seven looking is third and three wins is tied for first ... Adam Whitt and Fain are tied for fifth in the MW with 11 strikeouts looking ... Fain and Whitt's three wins is tied for sixth in the conference ... Whitt's five saves is third in the MW, 12 games finished is second, 15 appearances is tied for second as are his 15 relief appearances ... Whitt finished four MW games which is tied for second in the conference ... In MW action Whitt's three saves is second ... Colby Blueberg's 16 appearances and 16 relief appearances is first in the MW while his seven appearances and seven games in relief is tied for first in MW play ... Deitrich and Blueberg have each hit seven batters which is tied for first in the MW ... Mark Nowaczewski and Deitrich are tied for first in MW play having hit four batters each while Blueberg is tied for fourth having plunked three ... 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 outing vs. Air Force allowing one run in seven innings ... Six different pitchers have earned a win this season.
TEAM NOTES: Nevada is 7-2 at home, 0-3 in extra innings and 0-3 in shutouts ... All three of Nevada's extra inning losses came in 10 innings ... Nevada is fifth in hitting (.252), fourth in pitching (3.76 ERA) and fifth in fielding (.967) in the MW ... In MW play the Pack is 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 fourth 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 3-2 with a 2.28 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 BACK-TO-BACK OUTINGS: Junior lefty Tyler Wells was outstanding in back-to-back outings 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.
In Tuesday's start he pitched a couple of innings against Grand Canyon and allowed 2 runs on four hits while striking out three. He did not factor in the decision.
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.
HUNT HITS WALK-OFF: Junior shortstop Kyle Hunt delivered a walk-off hit on Tuesday as the Pack defeated Grand Canyon 3-2. With two out in the ninth inning Hunt hit the ball over the center fielder's head to score pinch hitter Trenton Brooks who started the inning with a walk. In the game Hunt was 2-for-2 with three walks, a run scored, a double and delivered the game winning RBI.
Hunt has appeared in all 26 games and made 23 starts all at shortstop. He is second on the team with a .302 batting average and tops the squad with a .425 on base percentage that is sixth best in the MW. His current six-game hit streak is the longest on the team and he is batting .400 (8-for-20) with four runs scored, a double and two RBI during the streak. The six-game hit streak is tied for the longest of his career with the first occurring last season. In 16 of the 23 starts he has batted leadoff.
Six times in his career he has collected three hits in game with three of those coming this season. In back-to-back games of the SJSU series on Mar. 1 and 2 he had three hits.