April 10, 2014
NEVADA HOSTS SECOND PLACE SAND DIEGO STATE: The University of Nevada (16-14, 8-7 MW) hosts second place San Diego State (25-8, 10-5 MW) for a three-game Mountain West series this weekend at Peccole Park. The Aztecs won two of the three games played earlier this season at Tony Gwynn Stadium. SDSU is one game back of MW leading in UNLV in the conference standings while the Wolf Pack are in fourth place at 8-7.
Friday's first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. with Saturday's game starting at 2 p.m. and Sunday's series finale is a 1 p.m. first pitch.
Nevada plays a nonconference game at San Francisco (15-16) on Tuesday at 2 p.m.
Fri., Apr. 11 - vs. San Diego State - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park (3,000) - 6:00 p.m. PT
Sat, Apr. 12 - vs. San Diego State - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park (3,000) - 2:00 p.m. PT
Sun., Apr. 13 - vs. San Diego State - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park (3,000) - 1:00 p.m. PT
Tue., Apr. 15 - at San Francisco - San Francisco, Calif. - Benedetti Diamond (2,000) - 6:00 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
Record: 16-14 MW: 8-7
Head Coach: Jay Johnson (Point Loma Nazarene, 2001)
at Nevada: 16-14 (First season)
Career Record: 53-30 (Second season)
SAN DIEGO STATE AZTECS
Record: 24-8 MW: 10-5
Head Coach: Tony Gwynn (San Diego State)
at SDSU: 346-350 (12th Year)
Career Record: same
Series: SDSU leads the series 11-9.
Last Games: SDSU won two of the three games played in San Diego earlier this season.
In Reno - May 3-5, 2013: Pack 7-1, SDSU 4-3 (10), Pack 4-3
In San Diego - March 7-9, 2014: Pack 4-3, SDSU 10-4, SDSU 3-0
SAN FRANCISCO DONS
Record: 15-16 WCC: 5-7
Head Coach: Nino Giarratano (William Jewel, 1985)
at USF: 447-441 (16th season)
Career Record: same
Upcoming games: Pacific, Apr. 11-13
Series: Nevada leads 79-31
Last Games: USF won both meetings last season
In Reno - Apr. 9, 2013: USF 4-1
In San Francisco - Mar. 19, 2013: USF 7-1
Nevada hosts Fresno State Apr. 17-19. The Bulldogs swept the three games in Fresno earlier this season.
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: Friday's game with SDSU will be broadcast on NevadaWolfPack.tv. Saturday and Sunday's game will not be streamed.
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
BOBBLEHEAD GIVEAWAY FRIDAY: The first 500 fans at Friday's 6 p.m. game with San Diego State will receive a free Wolfie bobblehead as they enter Peccole Park.
LITTLE LEAGUE DAY SUNDAY: Sunday is Little League Day at Peccole Park with $3 discounted tickets available if purchased in advance. Tickets on gameday are $5. To purchase tickets in advance call 775-348-PACK.
There will be a pregame chalk talk with the Wolf Pack coaches. All little leaguer players in uniform may participate in the pregame parade of players around the field. Alphie and Wolfie will be making a special appearance at the game. After the game run the bases, meet the Pack players and get autographs.
PACK FOURTH: After five weeks of Mountain West play Nevada is fourth in the conference standings with an 8-7 record. UNLV (11-4) is first followed by San Diego State (10-5) and New Mexico (8-4).
Fresno State (7-8) is one game back of the Pack followed by San José State (5-10) and Air Force (2-13). There are five more weekends of MW play before the conference tournament in Las Vegas on May 21-25.
BYLER NAMED MOUNTAIN WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Nevada junior first baseman Austin Byler earned Mountain West Baseball Player of the Week honors from March 31-April 6, 2014.
Austin Byler, NEVADA
Junior, First Baseman, Peoria, Ariz. / Sunrise Mountain HS
Led Nevada to a 3-2 record, including a 2-1 series win against Conference foe San José State over the weekend.
Hit for an average of .438 with seven hits, six runs scored and three RBI over the five-game stretch. His slugging percentage for the week was .875, while he got on base at a .591 clip.
Was 2-for-4 with one double in a 4-0 loss against Grand Canyon on March 31.
Followed up with a 1-for-2 performance with one RBI in a 3-2 win against the Antelopes the next day. Was put on base twice in the game on a hit-by-pitch.
Got on base three times with three runs scored and one double in Saturday's 6-5 win, the second game of the doubleheader with the Spartans, after not reaching base in the 2-1 loss in game one.
Was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI in Sunday's series finale. Was a double short of the cycle and registered two walks in the 7-4 victory.
Drew a walk in the ninth inning of Sunday's game and scored the game-winning run.
Started all five games at first base and did not commit an error in 54 total chances.
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 Apr. 1. 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: Scott Kaplan's eight-game hit streak was the longest of the season but came to an end on Tuesday vs. Santa Clara when he was 0-for-3 ... Kaplan batted .320 with six runs scored, two doubles and drove in one during the streak ... The longest active hit streaks are four games by Kewby Meyer and Brad Gerig ... Meyer, Justin Bridgman, Jordan Devencenzi and Gerig all had seven game streaks this season ... Kyle Hunt had a six-game hit streak that tied for the longest of his career ... Meyer hit .387, Bridgman batted .370, Gerig batted .267 and Devencenzi .379 during their seven-game hit streaks ... 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 ... Bridgman has reached base in the last eight games ... 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 27 all at shortstop ... Byler has a home run and three hits in each of the last two games going a combined 6-of-8 with seven RBI ... Meyer's career-high 15 doubles is tied for first in the MW and six in conference play is tied for second ... Meyer is eighth in MW play with a .339 batting average ... Meyer tops the team with 14 multiple hit games that is third in the MW ... Meyer's 11 runs scored in MW action is tied for sixth ... Byler's five home runs on the season and three in MW play are tied for first in the conference ... Byler is second in the MW with a .580 slugging percentage but first in conference play at .604 ... Additionally in MW play Byler is second in runs scored (13), tied for fourth in RBI (11), is first in triples (3), is first in total bases (32) and sixth in walks (8) ... Byler's five RBI in the 9-4 home victory over Santa Clara is the high by a Pack player ... Hunt is tied for fifth in MW play with five doubles while Brad Gerig and Trenton Brooks are tied for seventh with four ... Gerig's .362 average in MW play ranks sixth ... Gerig is also fourth in on base percentage (.434), 12th in slugging percentage (.447) and 13th in hits (17) in MW action ... Bridgman's six stolen bases is tied for sixth in the MW and three in conference play is tied for third ... Brooks and Hunt hit home runs in the same game at SDSU ... Devencenzi has been hit by pitch a MW high 11 times and Hunt is tied for fourth being hit seven times ... Devencenzi is second in the MW having caught 11 base stealers and eight in conference play is first ... Devencenzi has started 29 games, 25 at catcher ... Brooks is 3-of-5 with a home run as a pinch hitter ... Gerig had back-to-back three hit games in the doubleheader at SJSU and is 9-of-13 in the last four games ... Hunt has committed just six errors in 118 chances.
PITCHING: Three Pack pitchers rank in the top 20 in ERA in the MW with Michael Fain sixth at 2.76, Jason Deitrich is ninth at 2.82, Barry Timko is 15th at 3.82 and Tyler Wells is 20th at 4.86 ... In conference play Fain ranks sixth with a 2.56 ERA, Deitrich is 11th at 3.74 and Timko is 13th at 3.86 ... Three rank in the top 20 in opponent batting average; Fain (.229,7th), Timko (.255,13th) and Deitrich (.264,14th) while in MW play Fain is fifth at .211, Timko 11th at .275 and Deitrich 14th at .298 ... Nevada is 6-2 in Fain's eight starts, 5-2 when Wells starts, 4-2 when Timko starts and 0-5 when Deitrich makes the start ... Fain's 21 strikeouts in MW play is eighth, eight looking is tied for fourth and three wins is tied for second ... Adam Whitt is tied for second in the MW with six saves, is 11th with 33 strikeouts, fifth with 13 strikeouts looking, is second with 14 games finished and tied for second with 17 games in relief ... In conference action Whitt is 11th with 15 strikeouts, sixth with seven strikeouts outs looking, second with four saves, tied for fifth with seven appearance, third with six games finished and tied for third with seven games in relief ... Whitt tops the Pack and is tied for fifth in the conference with four wins all coming in relief ... Colby Blueberg's 19 appearances and 19 relief appearances is first in the MW while his nine appearances and nine games in relief is second in MW play ... Blueberg has allowed a run in just three of 19 appearances ... Whitt has allowed just two runs in his last 13 outings in a combined 16.2 innings ... Deitrich and Blueberg have each hit seven batters which is tied for first in the MW ... Fain's eight hit batters is tied for first in the MW while Deitrich and Blueberg are tied for fourth having hit seven ... Fain's six batters hit in MW play is first while Deitrich (4) and Mark Nowaczewski (4) are tied for third having hit four ... Fain, Deitrich and Wells have each pitched complete games for the Pack but only Fain earned a win tossing a complete game ... 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 two games over .500 for the first time since starting the season 2-0 ... The Pack has outscored opponents 18-4 in the ninth inning ... Nevada has won its last three which is the fourth time this season the Pack won a season-high three in a row ... Nevada is 8-2 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 (.260), fourth in pitching (3.64 ERA) and fourth in fielding (.967) in the MW ... In MW play the Pack is third in batting (.276), fifth in ERA (4.15) and second in fielding (.977) ... 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 ... Six of Nevada's nine home runs have come in MW play ... The six home runs in MW play is tied for first with New Mexico ... Nevada ranks second in the MW having hit 38 batters and 26 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 tied for the most in a MW game ... Three of the Pack's nine home runs came in the three-game series at SDSU ... Five home runs have been hit on 1-1 counts and two have been leadoff homers ... Nevada has used just 10 pitchers this season ... Nevada is 12-1 when leading after the eighth inning.
WHITT CRACKS TOP 10: Sophomore Adam Whitt recorded his sixth save of the season in game two of the doubleheader at San José State on Apr. 5 as the Pack won 6-5. The six saves is tied for the ninth best season in school history.
Whitt has seven career saves and is one from moving into the top 10 on Nevada's list. Last week the Pack went 3-2 and Whitt was involved in all three victories. He earned wins over Grand Canyon and SJSU along with a save in the SJSU series.
The sophomore is tied for second in the MW with six saves, is 11th with 33 strikeouts, fifth with 13 strikeouts looking, is second with 14 games finished and tied for second with 17 games in relief. In conference action Whitt is 11th with 15 strikeouts, sixth with seven strikeouts outs looking, second with four saves, tied for fifth with seven appearance, third with six games finished and tied for third with seven games in relief. He tops the Pack and is tied for fifth in the conference with four wins.
BYLER AND MEYER LEADING THE WAY: As expected a pair of juniors are leading the Wolf Pack offense this season. First baseman Austin Byler and left fielder Kewby Meyer are the only two players to start every game at the same position. The two left-handed batters rank in the top two in 12 offensive categories on the team.
Meyer tops the team in batting average (.317), hits (40), doubles (15), total plate appearances (138), at bats (126), multiple hit games (14), and is tied with Byler with 24 runs scored. He is second in slugging percentage (.476), RBI (13), total bases (60) and multiple RBI games (3).
Byler leads the Pack in slugging percentage (.580), on base percentage (.403), RBI (25), triples (4), home runs (5), total bases (65), sacrifice flies (2), multiple RBI games (6) and is tied with Meyer with 24 runs scored. He is second in batting average (.304), hits (34), doubles (8), at bats (112), total plate appearances (135) and multiple hit games (11).
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 3-2 with a 2.76 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.
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.
First Pitch luncheon May 5: First-year University of Nevada head baseball coach Jay Johnson will hold his second First Pitch luncheon on May 5 at the Eldorado Hotel and Casino.
The luncheons will take place in the California room located in the convention center. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and cost for the gourmet buffet prepared by the Eldorado is $20.
Listen to coach Johnson discuss recaps of past games and preview upcoming opponents. For more information call 775-682-6901.