Nevada steps out of MW play at Utah


Brad Gerig is batting .481 during a current seven-game hit streak.

Brad Gerig is batting .481 during a current seven-game hit streak.

April 24, 2014

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NEVADA PLAYS FIVE CONSECUTIVE NONCONFERENCE GAMES: The University of Nevada's (21-17) next five games are nonconference contests starting with four at Utah (12-24) this weekend.  Friday's game is set for 5 p.m. PT.  The Wolf Pack and Utes will play a doubleheader starting at 12 p.m. PT on Saturday.  The final game of the series is a 11 a.m. PT first pitch on Sunday.  
    The fifth game of the nonconference stretch is a home game with Sacramento State (25-16) at 6 p.m. on Apr. 30.  Although its a home game it will be played at Aces Ballpark in downtown Reno.

Upcoming Nevada Games
Fri., Apr. 25 - at Utah - Salt Lake City, Utah - Smith's Ballpark (15,500) -  5:00 p.m. PT
Sat., Apr. 26 - at Utah - Salt Lake City, Utah - Smith's Ballpark (15,500) -  12:00 p.m. PT
Sun., Apr. 27 - at Utah - Salt Lake City, Utah - Smith's Ballpark (15,500) -  11:00 a.m. PT
Wed., Apr. 30 - vs. Sacramento State - Reno, Nev. - Aces Ballpark (9,100) -  6:00 p.m. PT
        
NEVADA WOLF PACK
    Record: 21-17 MW: 13-8
    Head Coach: Jay Johnson (Point Loma Nazarene, 2001)
    at Nevada: 21-17 (First season)
    Career Record: 58-33 (Second season)

UTAH STATE UTES
    Record: 12-24 PAC-12: 3-15
    Head Coach: Bill Kinneberg (Arizona, 1980)
    at Utah: 254-322 (11th season)
    Career Record: 499-505 (19th season)        
    Series:  Nevada leads the series 13-4.
    Last Games:  The two schools last played in 1994 and split a four-game series in Reno.
        In Reno - 1994 season: Utah 16-13, Pack 6-1, Pack 9-3, Utah 17-10

SACRAMENTO STATE HORNETS
    Record:  25-16 WAC: 12-3
    Head Coach: Reggie Christiansen (Menlo College, 1998)
    at SAC ST.: 109-108 (Fourth season)
    Career Record: 216-249 (Eighth season)
    Upcoming games: at CSU Bakersfield, Apr. 25-27        
    Series:  Nevada leads the series 74-41.  The Hornets have won the last three meetings.
    Last Game: The Hornets defeated the Pack 7-4 at Raley Field in Sacramento on Feb. 25, 2014.
        In Reno - Apr. 30, 2013: Sac. State 7-6
        In Sacramento - Feb. 25, 2014:  Sac. State 7-4

UP NEXT
Nevada returns to Mountain West play at Air Force, May 2-4.  The Pack swept the Falcons in Reno 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:  All four games of the Utah series may be viewed at http://pac-12.com/videos/university-utah-2.  The Sacramento State game 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

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.

ST. MARY'S GAME ADDED: The University of Nevada has added a game to the schedule this season and will host St. Mary's College at Peccole Park on May 7 at 4 p.m.  Season ticket holders were mailed tickets for the additional game.

PACK TIED FOR SECOND: Nevada has moved up another spot in the Mountain West standings after winning two-of-three home games from Fresno State last weekend into a tie for second.  Nevada and UNLV are tied for second with identical 13-8 records.  New Mexico is alone in first with a 14-4 record.  UNM and UNLV play three games this weekend in Las Vegas.
    San Diego State (10-8) is fourth followed by Fresno State (8-13), San José State (6-15) and Air Force (5-13).  SJSU plays at SDSU this weekend while Air Force is at Fresno State.

JOHNSON NEARING 60 WINS: 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 and is now two from winning his 60th.  Johnson is a 58-33 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 tied for first with 19 doubles and ranks third averaging .50 doubles per game  ...  Austin Byler is 13th with five triples and 20th averaging .14 triples per game  ...   Byler is 26th with eight home runs and 30th averaging .22 home runs per game  ...  Byler is 22nd in slugging percentage at .631 and 40th with 89 total bases  ...  Meyer is 80th with 81 total bases  ...  Jordan Devencenzi is the 26th toughest hitter to strikeout at one per 17.3 at bats and Meyer is 35th at one per 16 at bats ...  Devencenzi and Kyle Hunt are tied for 86th having been hit by pitch 11 times each  ...  Adam Whitt ranks 55th with seven saves ...  Michael Fain is 30th with 10 starts  ...  Colby Blueberg is 13th with 24 appearances.

WHOSE HOT:  Brad Gerig has hit safely in a career-high seven games for the second time this season and is batting .481, with eight runs scored, three doubles, all four of his home runs this season, nine RBI, a .500 on base percentage and a 1.037 slugging percentage ...  Kewby Meyer's 11-game hit streak ended on Tuesday vs. USF and hit .396 (19-for-48) with eight runs scored, eight doubles, a triple, a home run and seven RBI during the streak  ...  Colby Blueberg has allowed one run in his last nine outings a stretch of 12.1 innings ...  Blueberg has allowed just five earned runs in 34.2 innings this season  ...  Michael Bradshaw made his first appearance of the season at USF after recovering from injury and has pitched three shutout innings in three outings  ...   Austin Byler had multiple hits in all three games of the FS series last week and batted .615 (8-for-13) with four runs scored, four RBI, a double, two home runs, .643 on base percentage and 1.151 slugging percentage  ...  Offensively Jordan Dunatov has played in 17 games but made his first appearance on the mound in the FS series in games 1 and 3 tossing 1.1 combined scoreless innings  ...  Bryce Greager is batting .667 (4-of-6) with three runs scored, two RBI and a walk-off homer in his last three games.

PLAYER NOTES
HITTING: Brad Gerig has the longest active hit streak on the team and is batting .481 (13-for-27) with eight runs scored, three doubles, four home runs and nine RBI during the streak  ... Kewby Meyer hit .396 (19-for-48) with eight runs scored, eight doubles, a triple, a home run and seven RBI during an 11-game hit streak that is the longest on the team this year and ended on Tuesday vs. USF  ...  Scott Kaplan batted .320 with six runs scored, two doubles and drove in one during his eight-game streak  ...  Trenton Brooks, Justin Bridgman, Jordan Devencenzi and Brad Gerig (twice) all have seven game hit streaks this season  ...  Kyle Hunt had a six-game hit streak that tied the longest of his career  ... Brooks hit .419, Bridgman batted .370, Gerig batted .267 in the earlier streak 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  ...  Meyer had a streak of reaching base in 12 consecutive games while Bridgman and Brooks reached base in 11 consecutive games  ...  Byler was ill and missed the USF game on Tuesday leaving Meyer as the only player to start every game all in left field  ...  Hunt is the only other player to appear in every game and has started 35 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  ...  Byler leads the MW in slugging percentage (.631), triples (5), home runs (8) ...  In MW play Byler tops the league in slugging percentage (.718), triples (4) , home runs (6) and total bases (56) ...  Meyer's career-high 19 doubles is first in the MW and tied for first in NCAA I  ...  Gerig's .386 batting average in conference play is third as is his .600 slugging percentage and .443 on base percentage and is tied for fourth with 42 total bases  ...  Meyer is eighth in MW play with a .360 batting average and also ranks eighth in slugging percentage (.517), is tied for sixth in runs (15), is second in doubles (9) and third in total bases (46)   ...  Meyer tops the team with 18 multiple hit games that is tied for second in the MW  ...  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 ninth in MW play with six doubles each  ...   Bridgman's eight stolen bases is tied for sixth in the MW and five in conference play is second  ...  Hunt, Meyer and Byler all hit home runs in the 4-2 home win over SDSU ...  Byler's two home runs and 10 total bases vs. Fresno State (Apr. 18) is the high by a player in the MW this season  ...  Devencenzi and Hunt have been hit by pitch a MW high 11 times  ...  Hunt's six times being hit by pitch in MW leads the conference ...  Devencenzi is tied for second in the MW having caught 14 base stealers and 11 in conference play is first  ... Devencenzi has started 36 games, 32 at catcher ...  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  ...  Barger made his first start at first base for an ill Austin Byler on Tuesday vs. USF.

PITCHING:  All three Pack starters Barry Timko, Michael Fain and Jason Deitrich earned victories in the SDSU series  ...  Deitrich won his first game in the SDSU series allowing two runs on six hits in six innings on the mound  ...  Four Pack pitchers rank in the top 20 in ERA in the MW with Michael Fain ninth at 3.06, Jason Deitrich is 11th at 3.22, Barry Timko is 15th at 4.28 and Tyler Wells is 19th at 4.74  ...  In conference play Fain ranks seventh with a 3.05 ERA, Deitrich is 12th at 4.01 and Timko is 14th at 4.82  ...  Three rank in the top 20 in opponent batting average; Fain (.243,8th), Timko (.249,9th) and Deitrich (.268,15th) while in MW play Fain is fifth at .236, Timko eighth at .267 and Deitrich 13th at .292  ...  Nevada is 8-2 in Fain's 10 starts, 5-3 when Tyler Wells starts, 5-3 when Timko starts and 2-5 when Deitrich makes the start  ...  Fain's 30 strikeouts in MW play is tied for sixth, nine looking is tied for fifth and four wins is tied for second  ...  Adam Whitt is tied for second in the MW with seven saves, is 12th with 41 strikeouts, 10th with 13 strikeouts looking, is second with 18 games finished and tied for third with 21 games in relief  ...  In conference action Whitt is 10th with 23 strikeouts, tied for fifth with nine strikeouts outs looking, tied for first with five saves, tied for third with 10 appearance, is first with nine games finished and tied for third with 10 games in relief ...  Whitt pitched a career-high five innings and struck out a career-high six to get the win in the Pack 9-8, 12-inning victory over FS (Apr. 18)  ...  Whitt tops the team with five saves that is tied for fifth in the MW  ...  Fain and Timko are second on the team with four wins each  ...   All four of Fain's wins have come in MW play which is tied for second in the conference and Timko's three MW victories is tied for fifth   ...  Colby Blueberg's 24 appearances and 24 relief appearances is first in the MW while his 13 appearances and 13 games in relief in MW play is also first  ... Blueberg has allowed a run in just four of 24 appearances  ...  Fain has hit 12 batters on the season and 10 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 eight batters which is tied for second 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 was a season-high five games over .500 at 21-16 prior to the loss to USF on Tuesday  ...  Nevada's season-high six-game win streak ended at USF (Apr. 15)  ...  The last time the Pack won six in a row was in 2009 and the 2006 team won nine in a row twice  ...  Nevada is 7-3 in its last 10 games and 12-8 in the last 20 games  ...  The Pack is 13-4 at Peccole Park this season and 8-13 away from Reno  ...  Nevada ranks 41st in doubles per game at 1.89 in NCAA I and is 55th with 72 doubles overall  ...  The Pack is 54th in NCAA I averaging .53 home runs per game and is 59th overall with 20  ...  Nevada is 1-3 in extra innings after defeating FS 9-8 in 12 innings last weekend ...  The Pack is 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 and the only other occurrence was 10 in a 20-10 loss to Fresno State   ...  Nevada is fourth in hitting (.271), fifth in pitching (4.04 ERA) and fourth in fielding (.967) in the MW ...  In MW play the Pack is third in batting (.301), fourth in ERA (4.57) 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  ...  16 of Nevada's 20 home runs have come in MW play ...  The 16 home runs in MW play is first in the conference  ...  Nevada is first in the MW having hit 49 batters and 34 in conference play also tops the league  ... The Pack's three home runs vs. San Diego State (Apr. 11)  and Fresno State (Apr. 18) 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  ...  Seven of the Pack's 16 home runs came vs. SDSU, four at home and three on the road  ...  12 home runs have been solo shots including five vs. SDSU, eight home runs have been hit on 1-1 counts and five have been leadoff homers  ...  Nevada has used just 13 pitchers this season ...  Nevada is 16-1 when leading after the eighth innings, 15-3 after the seventh and 13-2 after the sixth  ...  The Pack has outscored opponents 24-9 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.

NEVADA RALLIES FOR TWO WALK-OFF WINS IN FS SERIES:   Nevada rallied from 5-0 deficits in the final two games of the Fresno State series to win on walk-off hits by identical scores of 9-8.  Thursday the Pack lost 20-10 but took the series 2-1 with the exciting come from behind victories.
    After trailing 5-0 on Friday the Pack led 8-6 in the ninth before FS tied the game to force extra innings.  In the bottom of the 12th catch Jordan Devencenzi singled home Trenton Brooks with the winning run in the 9-8 victory.
    Saturday the Pack once again trailed 5-0 and 8-2 going to the bottom of the eighth.  A four-run eighth closed the gap to two at 8-6.  In the bottom of the ninth Brad Gerig's one-out two-run homer tied the game at eight.  With two out Bryce Greager's solo shot gave the Pack another walk-off victory 9-8.

RALLY TIME: Nevada has delivered in the late innings numerous times this season, including twice in the Fresno State series last weekend.  
    The Wolf Pack 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 Bridgman 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.
    On April 1 junior shortstop Kyle Hunt delivered a walk-off hit on Apr. 1 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.  
BYLER AND MEYER LEADING THE WAY: As expected a pair of juniors are leading the Wolf Pack offense this season.  Until Tuesday night first baseman Austin Byler and left fielder Kewby Meyer were the only two players to start every game at the same position.  Byler was ill and missed the game with USF.  The two left-handed batters rank in the top two in 11 offensive categories on the team.
    Byler leads the Pack in batting average (.326), slugging percentage (.631), on base percentage (.416), runs (29), RBI (30), triples (5), home runs (8), total bases (89) and multiple RBI games (7).  He is second in hits (46), total bases (167), at bats (141) and multiple hit games (15).  In three categories; doubles (9), walks (17) and sacrifice flies (2) he is tied for second.
    Meyer tops the team in hits (52), doubles (19), total plate appearances (174), at bats (160) and multiple hit games (18).  He is second in batting average (.325), slugging percentage (.506), runs (28), RBI (20), total bases (81) and stolen bases  (6),

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.




 

 

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