Nevada hosts Fresno State for three games starting Friday night.
April 16, 2014
NEVADA BEGINS FOUR-GAME HOMESTAND THURSDAY: The University of Nevada (19-15, 11-7 MW) begins a four-game homestand with three Mountain West games with Fresno State (18-19, 7-11 MW) starting Thursday night at 6 p.m. Friday's game is scheduled for 6 p.m. and Sunday's contest is a 1 p.m. first pitch.
The Bulldogs swept the Wolf Pack earlier this season in Fresno the first weekend of MW play. Nevada is 7-3 in its last 10 games and FS 2-8. The Pack is currently third in the MW standings at 11-7 and the Bulldogs are fifth at 7-11.
Nevada plays a nonconference home game with San Francisco (17-18) on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Upcoming Nevada Games
Thur., Apr. 17 - vs. Fresno State - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park (3,000) - 6:00 p.m. PT
Fri., Apr. 18 - vs. Fresno State - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park (3,000) - 6:00 p.m. PT
Sat, Apr. 19 - vs. Fresno State - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park (3,000) - 1:00 p.m. PT
Tue., Apr. 22 - vs. San Francisco - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park (3,000) - 6:00 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
Record: 19-15 MW: 11-7
Head Coach: Jay Johnson (Point Loma Nazarene, 2001)
at Nevada: 19-15 (First season)
Career Record: 56-31 (Second season)
FRESNO STATE BULLDOGS
Record: 18-19 MW: 7-11
Head Coach: Mike Batesole (Cal State Fullerton, 1990)
at FS: 401-316 (12th season)
Career Record: 656-474-1 (19th Year)
Series: FS leads the series 87-51. In the last 11 games FS holds an 8-3 advantage.
Last Games: FS won all three games in Fresno earlier this season.
In Reno - Mar. 28-30, 2013: Pack 5-3, FS 4-0, Pack 7-6
In Fresno - Feb. 21-23, 2014: FS 4-1, FS 5-3, FS 11-9
SAN FRANCISCO DONS
Record: 17-18 WCC: 6-9
Head Coach: Nino Giarratano (William Jewel, 1985)
at USF: 449-443 (16th season)
Career Record: same
Upcoming games: at Pepperdine, Apr. 17-19
Series: Nevada leads 79-32
Last Games: USF shutout the Pack 7-0 on Tuesday.
In Reno - Apr. 9, 2013: USF 4-1
In San Francisco - Apr. 15, 2014: USF 7-0
Nevada steps out of MW play with a four-game series at Pac-12 member Utah.
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 four games of the Pack’s upcoming homestand will be broadcast on 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
$3 TICKETS FRIDAY: With the Pack now in third place in the MW standings, tickets for Friday's 6 p.m. game with Fresno State may be purchased for just $3 online. To purchase tickets go to NevadaWolfPack.com and click on the buy tickets tab at the top of the page. Use promo code PACKTHREE to get your tickets. A minimum of four tickets must be purchased prior to 4 p.m. on Thursday.
POWERS TO BE HONORED ON MAY 9: The University of Nevada athletics department will honor longtime Wolf Pack head coach Gary Powers on May 9 with the retiring of his #17 jersey. A special promotion for the game is 17 tickets for just $17. To purchase tickets go to NevadaWolfPack.com and click on the buy tickets tab at the top of the page. Use promo code POWERS17 to get your tickets.
PACK MOVES INTO THIRD AFTER SDSU SWEEP: Nevada's three-game series sweep of San Diego State last weekend moved the Wolf Pack into third place in the Mountain West standings at 11-7. New Mexico (11-4) is first just ahead of UNLV (13-5).
SDSU is one game back of the Pack at 10-8 followed by Fresno State (7-11), San José State (6-12) and Air Force (2-13).
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 is now 56-31 in two seasons as a head coach. 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.
NEVADA PLAYERS IN LATEST NCAA RANKINGS: Kewby Meyer is second with 17 doubles and third averaging .52 doubles per game ... Austin Byler is 11th with five triples and 18th averaging .15 triples per game ... Byler is 49th in slugging percentage at .597 ... Jordan Devencenzi is the ninth toughest hitter to strikeout at one per 24.2 at bats and Meyer is 11th at one per 23.3 at bats ... Adam Whitt ranks 33rd with seven saves ... Michael Fain is 21st with nine starts ... Colby Blueberg is 21st with 21 appearances.
STREAK SNAPPED: Nevada won a season-high six in a row until falling 7-0 at San Francisco on Tuesday. The last time the Wolf Pack won six in a row was in 2009. The 2006 club put together two nine-game win streaks.
WHOSE HOT: Trenton Brooks has two hits in each of his last four games played going a combined 8-for-16 (.500) with five runs scored, two doubles and an RBI ... Austin Byler is hitting .378 (14-for-37) with nine runs scored, three doubles, two triples, three home runs, nine RBI, a .811 slugging percentage and .489 on base percentage in the last 10 games ... Brad Gerig is batting .457 (16-for-35) with six runs scored, two doubles, a home run, six RBI, a slugging percentage of .600 and an on base percentage of .558 in the last 10 games ... Scott Kaplan has five RBI in the last five games ... Kewby Meyer has a hit in the last eight games and 28-of-34 this season, just once did he not get a hit in back-to-back games ... Colby Blueberg has not allowed an earned run in his last six appearances covering eight innings and has 10 strikeouts and no walks during the stretch ... Blueberg has allowed just four earned runs in 30.1 innings over 21 appearances on the season ... In his last two starts Michael Fain has struck out eight and walked none ... Fain is 2-0 with a 0.66 ERA vs. SDSU this season ... In his last 10 appearances Adam Whitt is 3-1 with four saves and a 0.66 ERA in 13.2 innings on the mound ... Lefty Barry Timko has won his last two starts.
HITTING: Kewby Meyer has the longest active hit streak on the team and the second longest active streak in the MW hitting safely in the last eight games ... The eight-game streak is tied with Scott Kaplan for the longest on the team this year ... Meyer is batting .371 (13-for-35) with six runs scored, three RBI, seven doubles and a home run during the streak ... Kaplan batted .320 with six runs scored, two doubles and drove in one during his eight-game streak ... Trenton Brooks has hit safely in the last four games ... Justin Bridgman, Jordan Devencenzi and Brad Gerig all had seven game streaks this season ... Kyle Hunt had a six-game hit streak that tied the longest of his career ... 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 ... Bridgman had a streak of reaching base in 11 games while Devencenzi and Gerig put together 10-game streaks ... Meyer's current nine-game stretch of reaching base is the longest on the team while Brooks 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 31 all at shortstop ... Byler hit home runs in three consecutive games; final game at SJSU, Santa Clara home game and first game of the home series with SDSU ... In MW play Byler leads the conference in triples (4) and home runs (4) ... Meyer's career-high 18 doubles is tied for first in the MW ... Meyer is ninth in MW play with a .342 batting average and also ranks 10th in slugging percentage (.487), is tied for fourth in runs (13), is second in doubles (8), third in total bases (37), is tied for fourth in total plate appearances (82) and is first in at bats (76) ... Meyer tops the team with 16 multiple hit games that is tied for third in the MW ... Byler's fix home runs on the season is tied for second in the conference ... Byler is third in the MW with a .578 slugging percentage and second in conference play at .631 ... Gerig has the Pack's top batting averages in MW play at .362, is tied for eighth with 12 RBI and is fourth in on base percentage (.431) and tied for 11th in hits (21) ... In conference play Byler ranks in slugging percentage (.631,2nd), runs scored (14,T2nd), RBI (12,T8th), total bases (41,2nd) walks (10,T4th), and total plate appearances (81,T7th) ... Byler's five RBI in the 9-4 home victory over Santa Clara is the high by a Pack player ... Hunt, Gerig and Brooks are tied for fifth in MW play with five doubles each ... Bridgman's seven stolen bases is tied for sixth in the MW and four in conference play is tied for second ... Hunt, Meyer and Byler all hit home runs in the 4-2 home win over SDSU ... Devencenzi has been hit by pitch a MW high 11 times and Hunt is third being hit nine times ... Devencenzi is second in the MW having caught 13 base stealers and 10 in conference play is first ... Devencenzi has started 32 games, 28 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 ... Senior Bryce Barger had a career-high three hits going 3-for-4 as the Pack's DH in game 2 at home vs. SDSU.
PITCHING: All three Pack starters Barry Timko, Michael Fain and Jason Deitrich earned victories in the SDSU series last week ... Deitrich won his first game in the SDSU series allowing two runs on six hits in six innings on the mound ... Three Pack pitchers rank in the top 20 in ERA in the MW with Michael Fain fifth at 2.38, Jason Deitrich is eighth at 2.84 and Barry Timko is 15th at 3.71 ... In conference play Fain ranks fourth with a 2.06 ERA, Deitrich is 10th at 3.58 and Timko is 12th at 3.65 ... All three rank in the top 20 in opponent batting average; Fain (.224,4th), Timko (.239,9th) and Deitrich (.263,15th) while in MW play Fain is second at .207, Timko sixth at .241 and Deitrich 13th at .290 ... Nevada is 7-2 in Fain's nine starts, 5-3 when Tyler Wells starts, 5-2 when Timko starts and 1-5 when Deitrich makes the start ... Fain's 27 strikeouts in MW play is sixth, eight looking fifth and four wins is tied for second ... Adam Whitt is second in the MW with seven saves, is 13th with 35 strikeouts, seventh with 13 strikeouts looking, is tied for second with 16 games finished and tied for third with 19 games in relief ... In conference action Whitt is 12th with 17 strikeouts, sixth with seven strikeouts outs looking, tied for first with five saves, tied for third with nine appearance, tied for first with eight games finished and tied for third with nine games in relief ... Whitt, Fain and Timko lead the team with four wins which is tied for seventh in the MW ... All four of Fain's wins have come in MW play which is tied for second and Timko's three MW victories is tied for fourth ... Colby Blueberg's 21 appearances and 21 relief appearances is first in the MW while his 11 appearances and 11 games in relief in MW play is also first ... Blueberg has allowed a run in just three of 21 appearances ... Whitt has allowed just two runs in his last 15 outings in a combined 19 innings ... Fain has hit 10 batters on the season and eight in MW which is tops in the conference ... Deitrich has plunked eight which is tied for second in the conference and five in MW play is also tied for second ... Blueberg has hit seven batters which is tied for fifth in the MW ... 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 ... Seven different pitchers have earned a win this season.
TEAM NOTES: Nevada is four games over .500 for the first time this season ... Nevada is 7-3 in its last 10 games and 13-7 in the last 20 games ... The Pack has won its last five home games, 10-of-11 and is 11-2 at Peccole Park this season ... Nevada's season-high six-game win streak was snapped at San Francisco on Tuesday as the Pack lost 7-0 ... Nevada ranks 41st in doubles per game in NCAA I and is 55th with 64 doubles ... Nevada is 0-3 in extra innings and 1-4 in shutouts ... All three of Nevada's extra inning losses came in 10 innings ... The Pack recorded its first shutout of the season vs. SDSU on Apr. 12 blanking the Aztecs 8-0 ... Nevada scored in double figures for the first time with a season-high 11 runs in its 11-4 home victory over SDSU on Apr. 13 ... Nevada is fourth in hitting (.266), third in pitching (3.51 ERA) and fourth in fielding (.968) in the MW ... In MW play the Pack is third in batting (.291), third in ERA (3.67) 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 ... Ten of Nevada's 13 home runs have come in MW play ... The 10 home runs in MW play is first in the conference ... Nevada ranks second in the MW having hit 41 batters and 29 in MW play is tops in the league ... The Pack's three home runs vs. San Diego State (Apr. 11) is tied for the most in a game by a MW team and six doubles vs. SDSU (Apr. 12) is also tied for first ... The Pack's five stolen bases vs. San José State (Mar. 2) is tied for the most in a MW game ... Seven of the Pack's 13 home runs came vs. SDSU, four at home and three on the road ... Eight home runs have been solo shots including three vs. SDSU (Apr. 11), six home runs have been hit on 1-1 counts and three have been leadoff homers ... Nevada has used just 12 pitchers this season ... Nevada is 13-1 when leading after the eighth innings, 14-3 after the seventh and 13-2 after the sixth ... The Pack has outscored opponents 18-4 in the ninth inning.
WHITT ON THE MOVE: Sophomore Adam Whitt continues to climb the Nevada season and career saves list. Whitt has seven saves this season and eight in his career.
The seven saves this season is tied for the seventh best season in school history and his eight career saves is tied for 10th at Nevada.
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 (.322), runs (26), hits (46), doubles (18), total plate appearances (156), at bats (143) and multiple hit games (16). He is second in slugging percentage (.503), RBI (16), total bases (72), is tied for second in home runs (2) and is tied for second in multiple RBI games (3).
Byler leads the Pack in slugging percentage (.578), on base percentage (.395), RBI (26), triples (5), home runs (6), total bases (74), multiple RBI games (6). He is second in hits (38), at bats (128), total plate appearances (153) and multiple hit games (12). In three categories; sacrifice flies (2), batting average (.297) and doubles (8) he is tied for second.
FAIN AND NOWACZEWSKI COMBINE ON SHUTOUT: Sophomore Michael Fain and freshman Mark Nowaczewski combined on Nevada first shutout of the season as the Pack blanked San Diego State 8-0. Fain tossed 7.2 shutout innings and Nowaczewski pitched the final 1.1
Fain tied his career-high with six strikeouts in the game and allowed just five hits throwing 109 pitches. Nowaczewski did not allow a hit and struck out one.
Against Air Force Fain pitched the first complete game of his career in the Pack's 5-1 victory. Nevada's closer last year Fain moved into the rotation this season and is 4-2 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.