Austin Byler leads the MW in slugging percentage.
May 1, 2014
NEVADA RETURNS TO MW PLAY AT AIR FORCE: After four nonconference games the University of Nevada (23-18, 13-8 MW) returns to Mountain West play with a three-game series at Air Force (15-29, 5-16 MW) this weekend. Friday's game is set for 2:00 p.m. PT with Saturday's game starting at noon. The series finale on Sunday is a 11:00 a.m. first pitch.
The Wolf Pack swept the three-game series in Reno earlier this season. Nevada is third in the MW standings at 13-8 with the Falcons seventh at 5-16.
After the trip to the AFA the Pack returns home to begin a season-high six-game homestand to end the home schedule. Nevada hosts UC Davis on Tuesday at 6 p.m. and St. Mary's College on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Fri., May 2 - at Air Force - Colorado Springs, Colo. - Falcon Field (1,000) - 2:00 p.m. PT
Sat., May 3 - at Air Force - Colorado Springs, Colo. - Falcon Field (1,000) - 12:00 p.m. PT
Sun., May 4 - at Air Force - Colorado Springs, Colo. - Falcon Field (1,000) - 11:00 a.m. PT
Tue., May 5 - vs. UC Davis - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park (3,000) - 6:00 p.m. PT
Wed., May 7 - vs. St. Mary's - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park (3,000) - 4:00 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
Record: 23-18 MW: 13-8
Head Coach: Jay Johnson (Point Loma Nazarene, 2001)
at Nevada: 23-18 (First season)
Career Record: 60-34 (Second season)
AIR FORCE FALCONS
Record: 15-29 MW: 5-16
Head Coach: Mike "Kaz" Kazlausky (USAFA, 1991)
at AF: 63-144 (Fourth season)
Career Record: same
Series: Nevada leads 7-2.
Last Games: Nevada swept the three-game series in Reno earlier this season.
In Reno: Pack 5-1, Pack 5-2 and Pack 7-1.
In Colorado Springs: Pack 8-4, Pack 12-8 and Falcons 7-5
UC DAVIS AGGIES
Record: 17-23 BWC: 3-12
Head Coach: Matt Vaughn (UC Davis, 1992)
at UCD: 63-90 (Third season)
Career Record: same
Series: Nevada leads 47-33.
Last Games: UCD won the first meeting at home earlier this season 4-3 in 10 innings.
In Reno: UCD 10-7, Apr. 16, 2013.
In Davis: UCD 4-3 in 10 innings, Mar. 25, 2014
Upcoming Games: May 2-4 at CS Northridge
ST. MARY'S COLLEGE
Record: 14-30 WCC: 6-12
Head Coach: Eric Valenzuela (Pepperdine, 2001)
at SMC: 14-30 (First season)
Career Record: same
Series: Tied 56-56-1.
Last Games: The two teams split the two-games last season with each winning on the road.
In Reno: SMC 5-2, May 7, 2013
In Moraga: Pack 10-6, Mar. 26, 2013
Upcoming Games: May 2-4 at San Diego.
Nevada hosts New Mexico for its final home MW series of the year May 9-11.
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: A free internet stream is available 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
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.
The first 300 fans attending the game will receive a commemorative Gary Powers trading card in honor of the retiring of number 17. Get to Peccole Park early for a meet and greet to congratulate coach Powers starting at 5:00 p.m. Cookies and lemonade will be provided.
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 THIRD: With three weeks of MW play remaining Nevada is third in the conference standings with a 13-8 record. The Wolf Pack is one game behind second place New Mexico (14-7). UNLV leads the conference with a 16-6 record.
San Diego State is fourth, just one game back of the Pack at 12-9. Fresno State (11-13), San José State (6-15) and Air Force (5-16) are the final three teams in the standings.
JOHNSON WINS 60th: First-year head coach Jay Johnson earned his 60th win as a head coach on Tuesday when the Pack defeated Sacramento State 10-3 at Aces Ballpark. Win number 50 came earlier this season when the Pack defeated Grand Canyon 3-2 on Apr. 1. Johnson is a 60-34 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 20 doubles and ranks fourth averaging .49 doubles per game ... Austin Byler is 15th with five triples and 22nd averaging .13 triples per game ... Byler is 45th with eight home runs and 45th averaging .20 home runs per game ... Byler is 25th in slugging percentage at .618 and 50th with 94 total bases ... Meyer is 63rd with 91 total bases ... Meyer is the 24th toughest hitter to strikeouts at one per 17.2 at bats, Jordan Devencenzi is 65 at 13.5 and Justin Bridgman 83rd at 13.0 ... Adam Whitt ranks 62nd with seven saves ... Michael Fain is 32nd with 11 starts ... Colby Blueberg is 19th with 26 appearances.
WHOSE HOT: Jay Anderson has hits in his last three games played batting .400 (4-for-10) with three runs scored and an RBI ... Bryce Barger has hits in his last four games played and is batting .500 (6-for-12) with three runs scored and two RBI ... In his last two games Trenton Brooks is 3-for-6 with four RBI ... In his last six games played Austin Byler is batting .500 (12-for-24) with seven runs scored, six RBI, two doubles, two home runs, a .833 slugging percentage and .571 on base percentage ... Jason Deitrich is 1-0 and has not allowed a run and just one hit in his last two starts pitching a combined 5.2 innings in scheduled short outings ... In the last two games Jordan Devencenzi is 3-for-7 (.429) with five RBI and double ... Two-way player Jordan Dunatov did not make his first appearances on the mound until Apr. 17 vs. Fresno State but in four outings is 1-0 in three innings and has yet to allow a run ... In his last 19 games played Brad Gerig is batting .424 (28-of-66) with 13 runs scored, 15 RBI, six doubles, four home runs, a .500 on base percentage and .697 slugging percentage ... In the 19 games Gerig has nine multi hit games and just four time was hitless ... Kewby Meyer has three hits in each of the last two games going a combined 6-for-9 (.667) with five RBI, a double and a home run.
HITTING: Bryce Barger's four-game hit streak is the longest active on the team ... 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 vs. USF (Apr. 22) ... 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 and .481 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 home game 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 38 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 (.618) and triples (5) while ranking second in home runs (8) ... In MW play Byler tops the league in slugging percentage (.718), triples (4) and is tied for first in home runs (6) ... Meyer's career-high 20 doubles is first in the MW and second in NCAA I ... Gerig's .386 batting average in conference play is fourth, his .600 slugging percentage ranks fifth and .443 on base percentage is second ... Meyer's .337 batting average is sixth and Byler's .329 seventh in the MW ... Meyer tops the team with 20 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 ... Bridgman's nine stolen bases is sixth in the MW and five in conference play is tied for third ... 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 ... Hunt is tied for first in the MW being hit by pitch 12 times and six in conference play is also first ... Devencenzi is third in the conference being hit by pitch 11 times ... Devencenzi is third in the MW having caught 14 base stealers and 11 in conference play is first ... Devencenzi has started 39 games, 35 at catcher ... 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 in the home USF game.
PITCHING: All three Pack starters Barry Timko, Michael Fain and Jason Deitrich earned victories in the SDSU series ... Four Pack pitchers rank in the top 20 in ERA in the MW with Jason Deitrich seventh at 2.89, Michael Fain 12th at 3.70, Barry Timko is 14th at 4.14 and Tyler Wells is 17th at 4.61 ... In conference play Fain ranks sixth with a 3.05 ERA, Deitrich is 11th at 4.01 and Timko is 13th at 4.82 ... Three rank in the top 20 in opponent batting average; Deitrich (.250,6th) Timko (.251,8th) and Fain (.257,12th) while in MW play Fain is sixth at .236, Timko seventh at .267 and Deitrich 12th at .292 ... Nevada is 8-3 in Fain's 11 starts, 5-3 when Tyler Wells starts, 5-3 when Timko starts and 4-5 when Deitrich makes the start ... Fain's 30 strikeouts in MW play is eighth, nine looking is tied for sixth and four wins is tied for third ... Adam Whitt is tied for second in the MW with seven saves, is tied for 12th with 44 strikeouts, tied for eighth with 15 strikeouts looking, is second with 20 games finished and tied for second with 23 games in relief ... In conference action Whitt is tied for 12th with 23 strikeouts, tied for sixth with nine strikeouts outs looking, tied for first with five saves, tied for third with 10 appearance, is tied for first with nine games finished and tied for fourth 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 wins 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 26 appearances and 26 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 five of 26 appearances ... Fain has hit 12 batters on the season and 10 in MW which is tops in the conference ... Deitrich has plunked nine 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 third 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: Playing a regular season game for the first time at Aces Ballpark, the home of the triple A Reno Aces, in downtown Reno the Pack defeated Sacramento State 10-3 on Apr. 30 ... Nevada is currently a season-high five games over .500 for the third time this season ... Nevada's 13 MW wins is two more than last year when the Pack went 11-19 ... 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 6-4 in its last 10 games and 13-7 in the last 20 games ... The Pack is 13-4 at Peccole Park , 8-13 in road games and 2-1 at neutral sites ... Nevada ranks 44th in doubles per game at 1.88 in NCAA I and is 61st with 77 doubles overall ... The Pack is 64th in NCAA I averaging .51 home runs per game and is 67th overall with 21 ... Nevada is 1-3 in extra innings after defeating FS 9-8 in 12 innings last weekend ... The Pack is 1-5 in shutouts ... All three of Nevada's extra inning losses came in 10 innings ... The Pack recorded its only shutout of the season vs. SDSU on Apr. 12 blanking the Aztecs 8-0 ... Five times Nevada has scored in double figures including the last two games and four times in the last nine games ... The Pack is 4-1 when scoring double figures ... Twice the Pack scored a season-high 11 runs vs. SDSU (W 11-4) and at Utah (W 11-1) ... Nevada is fourth in hitting (.276), fourth in pitching (4.05 ERA) and fifth in fielding (.965) 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 21 home runs have come in MW play ... The 16 home runs in MW play is tied for first in the conference ... Nevada is first in the MW having hit 51 batters and 34 in conference play also tops the league ... 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 18-1 when leading after the eighth innings, 17-3 after the seventh and 15-2 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.
MEYER CLOSING IN ON TOP 10: Junior Kewby Meyer's 20 doubles leads the Mountain West and is second nationally. One more double will tie him for 10th most in a season at Nevada with John DeRicco (1989), Andy Dominique (1995) and Brian Barnett (2010). The 20 doubles is a career high and in his two plus seasons has 40 doubles in the Silver & Blue. Four more doubles would tie Matt Ortiz (1998-00) for 10th in school history.
KAPLAN EARNS ACADEMIC HONOR: Senior infielder Scott Kaplan has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District VIII baseball team. Kaplan, from Dana Point, Calif. has grade point average of 3.95 in Community Health Science and will now appear on the national ballot in hopes of earning academic All-America honors. The senior has played primarily third base this season but has also seen time at second base.