Nevada hosts MW co-leading New Mexico this weekend

Former Wolf Pack coach Gary Powers #17 will be retired prior to Friday's game with New Mexico.

May 8, 2014

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NEVADA HOSTS MW CO-LEADER NEW MEXICO: The University of Nevada (26-20, 14-10 MW) hosts Mountain West co-leading New Mexico (33-16-1, 16-8 MW) in the final home weekend of the season.  The Lobos are tied with UNLV atop the MW standings at 16-8 while the Wolf Pack is third at 14-10.
    Friday and Saturday's games start at 6 p.m. with Sunday's first pitch set for 1 p.m.
    This will be the first meeting between the two teams this season.
    Nevada closes out the home schedule on Tuesday hosting Utah Valley University at 6 p.m.

Upcoming Nevada Games
Fri., May 9 - vs. New Mexico - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park (3,000) -  6:00 p.m. PT
Sat., May 10 - vs. New Mexico - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park (3,000) -  6:00 p.m. PT
Sun., May 11 - vs. New Mexico - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park (3,000) -  1:00 p.m. PT
Tue., May 13 - vs. Utah Valley - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park (3,000) -  6:00 p.m. PT
    Record: 26-20 MW: 14-10
    Head Coach: Jay Johnson (Point Loma Nazarene, 2001)
    at Nevada: 26-20 (First season)
    Career Record: 63-36 (Second season)

    Record: 33-16-1 MW: 16-8
    Head Coach: Ray Birmingham (New Mexico State, 1978)
    at UNM: 236-170-1 (Seventh season)
    Career Record: 289-243-1 (Ninth season)    
    Series:  UNM leads 7-5.
    Last Games: The Lobos won six of the seven meetings last season.
        In Reno Apr. 19-21, 2013: UNM 5-2, UNM 7-2, UNM 15-11
        In Albuquerque Mar. 22-24, 2013:  UNM 9-8, Pack 3-2, UNM 7-5
        MW Tournament - Fresno May 23, 2013:  UNM 7-3

    Record: 22-24 WAC: 13-8
    Head Coach: Eric Madsen (UC Davis, 1992)
    at UVU: 187-140 (Sixth season)
    Career Record: same        
    Series:  Nevada leads 17-6.
    Last Games: UVU won two of the three games played in Orem last season.
        In Reno Feb. 24-26, 2012:  Pack 6-4, Pack 9-1, UVU 6-1
        In Orem May 7-9, 2013:  UVU 17-6, UVU 6-5, Pack 10-3
    Upcoming Games:  May 9-11 host Seattle University

Nevada ends the regular season at UNLV, May 15-17.

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POWERS TO BE HONORED FRIDAY: 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.   Powers won 937 games in his 31 seasons at Nevada.

Special promotions planned for final baseball weekend:  Three days of special promotions are planned for the final weekend of 2014 baseball at Peccole Park when Mountain West co-leader New Mexico comes to Reno for a three-game series.  
    Friday the University of Nevada athletics department will honor former longtime Wolf Pack head coach Gary Powers with  the retiring of his number 17 jersey.  A special promotion for the game is 17 tickets for just $17.  To purchase tickets go to and click on the buy tickets tab at the top of the page.  Use promo code POWERS17 to get your tickets.  Tickets must be purchased by 4 p.m. on Thursday.
    The first 300 fans attending Friday's 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 p.m.  Cookies and lemonade will be provided.
    Baseball alumni will be admitted free to Friday's game but need to contact Judi Cail at 682-6901 or email her at  The deadline to contact Judi is 3 p.m. on Thursday.
    Saturday fans will be admitted free if they are shorter than first-year head coach Jay Johnson.  A life size cutout of the 5-7 coach will be at the main gate and if Jay is taller than you come on through the gate.  The concession stand will also be selling $1 hot dogs.        
    The final game of the series is Senior Day as six Wolf Pack players will be recognized prior to first pitch for their contributions to Nevada baseball.  Scott Kaplan, Brad Gerig, Bryce Barger, Ryan BakerMichael Bradshaw and Joe Setum will be honored on Sunday.

PACK THIRD: With two weeks of MW play remaining Nevada is third in the conference  standings with a 14-10 record.  The Wolf Pack is two games behind co-leaders New Mexico (16-8) and UNLV (16-8).  Nevada plays the UNM and UNLV the final two weekends of the season.
    San Diego State is fourth, just one game back of the Pack at 13-11.  Fresno State  (12-15), San José State (9-18) and Air Force (7-17) 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 when the Pack defeated Sacramento State 10-3 at Aces Ballpark on Apr. 30.  Win number 50 came earlier this season when the Pack defeated Grand Canyon 3-2 on Apr. 1.  Johnson is a 63-36 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 first with 24 doubles and ranks second averaging .52 doubles per game  ...  Meyer is 38th with 68 hits  ...  Austin Byler is 10th with 12 home runs and 11th averaging .27 home runs per game  ...  Colby Blueberg is eighth with 29 pitching appearances  ...  Byler is eighth with a .684 slugging percentage ...  Byler is 14th with 119 bases and Meyer is 44th with 105  ...  Meyer is the 15th toughest hitter to strikeouts at one per 19.4 at bats, Jordan Devencenzi is 53 at 13.9 and Justin Bridgman 56th at 13.9  ...  Adam Whitt ranks 74th with seven saves ...  Michael Fain is 32nd with 12 starts.

WHOSE HOT:  In his last 13 games pitched Colby Blueberg has allowed just two earned runs in 17 innings with 19 strikeouts and a 1.06 ERA  ...  Trenton Brooks is batting .481(13-for-27) with four runs scored, six RBI, a double and a home run during a current seven-game hit streak that is tied for his longest of the season  ...  Brooks has a hit in 14 of his last 16 games that includes the two seven-game hit streaks  ...  On the mound Brooks earned his first collegiate victories on Tuesday and Wednesday pitching 4.1 combined innings of relief  ...  In the last six games Austin Byler has four multiple hit games including two four-hit games and three multiple RBI games  ...  Byler is batting .560 (14-for-25) with seven runs scored, 10 RBI, three doubles and four home runs in the last six games  ...  Catcher Jordan Devencenzi has caught nine of the last 10 base stealers and has two pickoffs in the last six games  ...  TJ Friedl is 2-for-2 with three runs scored, a double and an RBI coming off the bench in his last two games  ...  Scott Kaplan is batting .333 (9-for-27) with five runs scored, a double and two RBI in the last eight games  ...  Kewby Meyer is batting .516 (16-for-31) with 10 runs scored, five doubles, a home run and seven RBI in the last seven games  ...  Meyer has five multi hit games in the last seven contests  ...  Barry Timko has pitched 10.1 scoreless innings in his last five outings including seven shutout innings at Air Force to get the win.

HITTING: Trenton Brooks is batting .481(13-for-27) with four runs scored, six RBI, a double and a home run during a current seven-game hit streak that is the longest active streak on the team and it is his second seven-game streak in the last 16 games  ...  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  ...  Justin Bridgman, Jordan Devencenzi and Brad Gerig (twice) 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 home 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 ...  Hunt is the only other player to appear in every game and has started 43 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 has hit a home run in three of the last four games including two in game 2 at Air Force  ...  Byler leads the MW with 12 home runs, a .684 slugging percentage, is tied for first with 119 total bases and is tied for first with five triples ...  In MW play Byler tops the league in slugging percentage (.736), triples (4) and is tied for first in home runs (8) ...  Meyer's career-high 24 doubles is first in the MW, first in NCAA I and tied for the second best season in school history  ...  Byler and Meyer rank fourth and fifth in the MW with .351 batting averages  ...  Brooks and Brad Gerig are tied for sixth in MW play with .372 batting averages  ...  Meyer is fourth in total bases (105), fifth in slugging percentage (.541), fourth in hits (68) and sixth in runs scored (38) in the MW  ...  In MW play Meyer ranks second in doubles (10) and 12th in batting (.340) ...  Gerig (.564) and Brooks (.538) are fifth and seventh in MW play in slugging percentage ...  Meyer tops the team with 23 multiple hit games that is 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) and at Air Force (May 3) is tied for the high by a player in the MW this season  ...  Hunt is tied for first in the MW being hit by pitch 16 times and eight in conference play is second  ...  Devencenzi is tied for third in the conference being hit by pitch 11 times  ...  Devencenzi is third in the MW having caught 23 base stealers and 14 in conference play is tied for first  ... Devencenzi has started 44 games, 40 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:  Four Pack pitchers rank in the top 20 in ERA in the MW with Jason Deitrich eighth at 3.05, Barry Timko is 10th with a 3.61 ERA, Michael Fain 11th at 3.70 and Tyler Wells is 16th at 4.56  ...  In conference play Fain ranks seventh with a 3.14 ERA, Timko is ninth with a 3.86 ERA, and Deitrich is 12th at 4.30  ...  Four rank in the top 20 in opponent batting average; Timko (.237,6th), Deitrich (.254,8th), Fain (.261,16th) and Wells (18th,.306) while in MW play Timko is fifth at .242, Fain is seventh at .245 and Deitrich 12th at .297  ...  All three Pack starters Barry Timko, Michael Fain and Jason Deitrich earned victories in the SDSU series  ...  Nevada is 8-4 in Fain's 12 starts, 6-3 when Tyler Wells starts, 6-3 when Timko starts and 4-6 when Deitrich makes the start  ...  Fain's 31 strikeouts in MW play is tied or 10th, nine looking is tied for seventh and four wins is tied for third  ...  Adam Whitt is third in the MW with seven saves, is tied for 13th with 45 strikeouts, tied for eighth with 15 strikeouts looking, is second with 21 games finished and tied for second with 25 games in relief  ...  In conference action Whitt is tied for 12th with 23 strikeouts, tied for seventh with nine strikeouts outs looking, tied for second with five saves, tied for seventh with 11 appearance, is tied for first with 10 games finished and tied for fifth 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 and Timko top the team with five wins that is tied for seventh in the MW  ...  Fain is second on the team with four wins  ...   All four of Fain's wins have come in MW play which is tied for third in the conference and Timko's four MW victories is also tied for third   ...  Colby Blueberg's 29 appearances and 29 relief appearances is first in the MW while his 14 appearances and 14 games in relief in MW play is also first  ... Blueberg has allowed a run in just six of 29 appearances and has 1.31 ERA  ...  In 15 MW games Blueberg has not allowed a run, a total of 18.1 innings  ...  Fain has hit 14 batters on the season and 12 in MW which is tops in the conference  ...  Deitrich has plunked nine which is tied for third in the conference and five in MW play is tied for fourth  ...  Blueberg has hit eight batters which is tied for sixth 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  ...  Nine different pitchers have earned a win this season  ...  Trenton Brooks earned his first two collegiate victories in back-to-back relief appearances vs. UC Davis and St. Mary's on Tuesday and Wednesday.

TEAM NOTES: Nevada's 26 wins is one more than all last season and 14 MW victories is three more than the 11 last year  ...  The Pack is a season-high six games over .500 at 26-20  ... 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'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 15-4 at Peccole Park , 9-15 in road games and 2-1 at neutral sites  ...  Nevada ranks 39th in doubles per game at 1.89 in NCAA I and is 42nd with 87 doubles overall  ...  The Pack is 39th in NCAA I averaging .61 home runs per game and is 38th overall with 28  ...  Nevada is 39th in the country with a .406 slugging percentage ...  Nevada is 2-3 in extra innings  ...  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  ...  Six times Nevada has scored in double figures and is 5-1 when scoring double figures  ...  Nevada scored a season-high 12 runs in the 12-4 victory on a season-high 18 hits  ...
Nevada is fourth in hitting (.282), fourth in pitching (4.01 ERA) and fourth in fielding (.967) in the MW ...  In MW play the Pack is third in batting (.303), fifth in ERA (4.54) 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  ...  20 of Nevada's 28 home runs have come in MW play ...  The 20 home runs in MW play is first in the conference and 28 on the season is second  ...  Nevada is first in the MW having hit 56 batters and 37 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 28 home runs came vs. SDSU, four at home and three on the road  ...  16 home runs have been solo shots including five vs. SDSU, eight home runs have been hit on 1-1 counts and six have been leadoff homers  ...  Nevada has used just 13 pitchers this season ...  Nevada is 18-2 when leading after the six innings, 20-3 after the seventh and 20-1 after the ninth  ...  The Pack has outscored opponents 25-9 in the ninth inning.

BLUEBERG SETS APPEARANCE RECORD: Nevada junior Colby Blueberg set the Wolf Pack record for appearances on Tuesday vs. UC Davis.  Blueberg has appeared in 29 games this season and 73 in his career.  As a freshman and sophomore he appeared in 22 games.

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 NEARING PACK DOUBLES RECORD: Junior Kewby Meyer's 24 doubles leads NCAA I.  The 24 doubles is tied with Lyle Overbay (1999), Alex Rangel (2000) and Shaun Kort (2010) for the second best season in school history.  Justin Drizos (1994) holds the record with 25 set in 1994.
    Meyer's 44 career doubles is tied for 10th in Pack history with Matt Ortiz (1998-00)

BROOKS MAKES TWO MOUND APPEARANCES IN SAME INNING: Freshman Trenton Brooks earned his first college win in an odd way pitching 2/3rds of an inning vs. UC Davis on May 6.  Brooks started the game in right field and made two appearances on the mound in the 10th inning.  He retired a batter then returned to right field and after a walk by reliever Jordan Dunatov went back to the mound to get the final out of the inning.  The Pack scored twice in the bottom of the 10th to give Brooks his first collegiate win.  
    Brooks improved to 2-1 earning a victory the next day as the Pack defeated St. Mary's College 6-3.  He allowed one run on four hits in 3.2 innings on the mound.

26 WINS SURPASSES 2013 TOTAL: Nevada's 26 wins is one more than the 25 the team has last year going 25-32.  The Wolf Pack's 14 Mountain West victories is three more than the 11 a year ago.  Currently the team is a season-high six games over .500 at 26-20.

BYLER AND MEYER LEADING THE WAY: As expected a pair of juniors are leading the Wolf Pack offense this season.  Left fielder Kewby Meyer and first baseman Austin Byler are in the top two in 13 offensive categories on the team.  Meyer is the only player to start every game and Byler has started all but one because of illness.
    Byler leads the Pack in slugging percentage (.684), on base percentage (.431), RBI (41), triples (5), home runs (12), total bases (119), multiple RBI games (10) and is tied with Meyer for first with a .351 batting average.  He is second in runs (37), hits (61), doubles (12), sac flies (3), stolen bases (7) at bats (174), total plate appearances (205) and multiple hit games (19).  
    Meyer tops the team in runs (38), hits (68), doubles (24), total plate appearances (212), at bats (194), multiple hit games (23) and is tied for first with Byler with at .351 batting average.  He is second in slugging percentage (.541), on base percentage (.401), RBI (27), total bases (105) and multiple RBI games (6).

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.



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