Pack Step Out Of WAC Play To Host Utah Valley In Weekend Series Beginning Friday At 6:00 p.m.
Nevada Probable Lineup
TEAM: Nevada leads the WAC with a .328 batting average, rank third in fielding(.970) and fifth in ERA(6.03)...nationally the Pack rank 21st in hitting, 34th in scoring, 28th in runs scored, 34th in hits, 12th in doubles per game, 12th in doubles, 20th in slugging percentage, 34th in field percentage, 45th in double plays and 192nd in ERA...in WAC action Nevada tops the league in hitting(.328), is fifth in fielding(.964) and are seventh in ERA(5.92)...12 times this season the Pack have scored in double figures winning 11 of those contests, the only loss when scoring double digits was a 17-10 setback to #22 Oregon State...Nevada has made use of the WAC’s new 10-run rule after 7-innings twice defeating La Tech 14-3 and NMSU 11-1 but had it turned on them falling 11-1 and 13-3 at Fresno State...Nevada went 11-3 during a season-high 14-game homestand that ended with a 4-game sweep of La Tech...Nevada has won three series this year taking 2-of-3 from UC Riverside(3/7-9), 3-of-4 from NMSU(4/4-6) and all four from La Tech(3/20-22)...Nevada’s 9-4 loss to UNLV(3/25) snapped a season-high 5-game win streak and 8-game win streak vs. the Rebels...The Pack split its two games with the two-time College World Series Champion Oregon State Beavers 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...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: Nationally 2B-David Ciarlo ranks seventh in hitting and 1B-Shaun Kort is 26th in RBI...Ciarlo leads the WAC in 3 categories: hitting(.455), triples(3), on base %(.547) and ranks in the top 10 in three others...Ciarlo, Kort and 3B-Jason Rodriguez were named the WAC Hitters of the Week three consecutive weeks from Feb. 25 to Mar. 16...Kort hit .352(19-for-4) with 10 runs scored, 15RBI, 5 doubles and 3 home runs during a career-high 13-game hit streak that ended in game 3 of the Fresno State(3/29) series...Kort’s 13-game hit streak is the longest on the team this year and is tied fourth longest in the WAC this season...Ciarlo hit .595(25-for-42) with 15 runs scored, 11RBI, 4 doubles, 2 triples and 2 home runs during a career-high 12-game hit streak that was snapped vs. Oregon State(3/14)...Nevada boasts five of the top 13 hitters in the WAC: Ciarlo(.455,1st), Jason Rodriguez(.397,2nd), Kort(.362,9th), RF-Mike Hale(.349,12th) and LF-Matt Bowman(.345,13th)...Hale leads the conference in WAC only play with a .475 average...Hale drove in a career-high 5 in the final game vs. NMSU(4/6) with 4 coming on his two, 2-run homers...Rodriguez, DH-Terry Walsh and Hale have hit 2 home runs in a game this season...Hale had a career-high 9-game hit streak in which he hit .484(15-for-31) with 11 runs scored, 5RBI, 6 doubles and a home run snapped at UNLV going 0-for-4...Ciarlo had started 88 consecutive games at second base and played in 113 in a row until missing game 2 of the La Tech series due to illness...Ciarlo(.800,4R,2B,2HR,6RBI) and Kort(.444, R,3RBI) were named the Southwest Diamond Classic All-Tournament squad...Rodriguez Leads the WAC with 46 hits, is tied for first with 80 total bases and in total ranks in the top 10 in 11 offensive categories in the conference...Rodriguez hit a home run in 3 consecutive games Mar. 11-14 and four total including his first 2 home run game vs. Oregon State...Kort(1B) and 3B-Jason Rodriguez have started all 31 games at the same position...Catchers Tyson Jaquez and Travis Simas have split most of catching duties for the Pack this season...Jaquez had a career-high 10-game hit streak this season...CF-Jason Sadoian has a hit leadoff in 30 of the Pack’s 31 games this season...Sadoian has 2 hits in each of the last 3 games...Rodriguez leads the team with 16 multi hit games, Ciarlo and Sadoian are tied for second with 12 and Kort has 11...Kort tops the team with 10 multi RBI games while Rodriguez has 7 and Bowman 6...Kort is second in the WAC with 38RBI...Nevada pinch hitters are hitting .250(13-for-48) with 9 runs scored, a double, a home run and 9RBI...Reserve IF/OF-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...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: RHP-Kyle Howe(4-0) won his fourth consecutive start in his last outing as Nevada defeated NMSU 8-5...Howe pitched his first complete game at Nevada and the first by the team this season allowing one run on 6 hits as the Pack defeated Fresno State(3/30) 4-1...Howe is 4-0 with a 3.03ERA, 17 strikeouts and 7 walks in his last 4 starts...RHP-Rod Scurry(3-4) has lost his last 2 starts after winning 3 in a row...Scurry is 3-2 with a 2.90ERA, 29 strikeouts and 14 walks in his last 5 starts...Howe ranks fifth in ERA(3.41) and third in opponent batting average(.206) in the WAC while Scurry is ninth with a 4.31ERA and fifth with a .220 opponent batting average...Freshman LHP-Brock Stassi(2-0) made 2 starts last week vs. UNLV and NMSU and won both to earn a spot in the weekend rotation...Stassi allowed just one run in each of his two starts...RHP-Dan Eastman has made four starts this season, two in WAC play and is slated to be in the weekend rotation again this weekend...RHP-Derek Achelpohl pitched 6.1 innings of 6 hit, 8 strikeout relief vs. La Tech to earn his first win at Nevada...Nevada has used 15 pitchers in the first 31 games of the season...8 Pack pitchers RHP-Bryan Suarez(2ip), RHP-Sammy Miller(1ip), LHP-Jacob Kaup(1ip), Achelpohl(1ip), Stassi(1ip), Eastham(1ip), RHP-Ryan Iodence(1ip) and RHP-Ben Colton(1ip) combined to allow just 5 hits in a 10-0 shutout of Pacific(3/18)...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...After making two starts this season RHP-Mario Rivera(1-1) 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...Stassi, Miller and Rivera account for Nevada’s 3 saves...after making 6 starts to begin the season LHP-Chris Garcia has been moved to the bullpen and has not allowed a hit or run in 4 innings out of the pen...Garcia pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless relief vs. NMSU to earn his first win at Nevada...Scurry(3-4) has made a team-high 7 starts...Eastham got the 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 Pack’s first two wins of the season came from relieves RHP-Stephen Bautista vs. UT Arlington and Suarez vs. CSUMB but 11-of-17 on the season have been by starters...Miller and RHP-Ryan Iodence lead the team with 11 appearances.