Nevada Closes Out Regular Season At San Jose State
2008 News And Notes
TEAM: With four games remaining in the regular season Nevada(18-10) is one game back of WAC leading Fresno State(19-9)...Nevada won all four of its WAC home series this year...The Pack failed to sweep a home doubleheader for the first time in the Sac State series splitting the two games last Saturday...The Pack rallied twice in the bottom of the 9th to defeat Sac State scoring 2 runs in a 6-5 game 2 win and a got a 3-run walk-off home run from Shaun Kort as part of a 4-run 9th in the series final to win 13-12...Nevada won its first road series of the year taking 3-for-4 games in Ruston, La. from Louisiana Tech(5/24) to improve to 5-11 in road games...The Pack played its first extra inning game of the year at Louisiana Tech(5/4) downing the Bulldogs 7-5 in 10 innings...After winning 3-of-4 games at La Tech last weekend Nevada improved 14-5 at JC Love Field in Ruston, La., which will be the site of the 2008 WAC Tournament...Nevada is the only team to win a WAC series from league leading Fresno State this season taking 3-of-4 games from the Bulldogs April 25-27 in Reno...The Pack turned 14 double plays in its four-game home series with Fresno State(4/25-27) and top the WAC with 62...nationally the Pack rank third in double plays and sixth in double plays per game...Nevada is second in the WAC with a .308 batting average, tied for second with a .971 field percentage and rank fifth with a 5.66 ERA...nationally the team ranks 74th in hitting, 74th in runs, 36th in doubles per game, 32nd in doubles, 66th in triples per game, 53rd in triples, 49th in slugging percentage, 76th in hit by pitch and 163rd in ERA...in WAC play the Pack are fourth in hitting(.300), fielding(.969) and ERA(5.89)...playing 9 doubleheaders this season Nevada has swept six vs. CSUMB, vs. La Tech, vs. NMSU, vs. UVU, vs. Fresno State and at La Tech while spliting three at Fresno State, at Hawai`i and vs. Sac State...16 times this season the Pack have scored in double figures winning 15 of those contests, the only loss when scoring double digits was a 17-10 setback to #22 Oregon State...Nevada has made use of the WAC’s new 10-run rule after 7-innings twice defeating La Tech 14-3 and NMSU 11-1 but had it turned on them three times falling 11-1 and 13-3 at Fresno State and 13-3 at Hawai`i...Nevada went 11-3 during a season-high 14-game homestand that ended with a 4-game sweep of La Tech...Nevada has won seven series this year taking 2-of-3 from UC Riverside(3/7-9), 3-of-4 from NMSU(4/4-6), Fresno State(4/25-27), at La Tech(5/2-4) and vs. Sac State(5/9-11) and all four from La Tech(3/20-22) and Utah Valley(4/11-13)...Nevada’s 9-4 loss to UNLV(3/25) snapped a season-high 5-game win streak and 8-game win streak vs. the Rebels...The Pack split its two games with the two-time College World Series Champion Oregon State Beavers winning 10-1, losing 17-10 and the third game was cancelled due to weather...Nevada had a season-high 26 hits and 24 runs in game 1 vs. CSUMB...Nevada was picked to finish third in the Preseason WAC Coaches’ Poll behind Fresno State and Louisiana Tech...Head coach Gary Powers is in his 26th season of directing the Wolf Pack baseball program in 2008 and is the longest tenured coach in the history of Nevada athletics...Powers is 8 wins from 800 for his career.
AT THE PLATE: CF-Jason Rodiguez(5/9), C-Tyson Jaquez(5/10 game 1) and 1B-Shaun Kort(5/11) each hit two home runs in a different game vs. Sac State last weekend...3B-Jason Rodriguez leads the WAC in hitting(.400), on base percentage(.500) and in total ranks in the top 10 in 8 offensive categories in the conference...Rodriguez was named WAC Player of the Week for the second time this season after hitting .571(9-for-13) with 3 walks, 3 doubles, a home run and 9RBI vs. Fresno State(4/25-27)...Nevada boasts four of the top 13 hitters in the WAC: Rodriguez(.400,1st), 2B-David Ciarlo(.357,11th), LF-Matt Bowman(.355,12th) and CF-Jason Sadoian(.349,13th)...1B-Shaun Kort drove in a career-high 6 in the final game of the Sac State series with 3 coming on his walk-off home run in the 9th...SS-Kevin Rodland has started of the Pack’s 51 games at the position...Rodriguez’ 25 multi hit games is second in the WAC while Sadoian’s 22 is tied for 5th...Jaquez hit a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 8th of game 2 vs. Fresno State to give Nevada a 4-1 victory and C-Travis Simas hit a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 8th of game 4 to give the Pack a 12-11 win...Jaquez’ 3-run homer in the first game of the doubleheader vs. FS(4/26) and RF-Mike Hale’s 3-for-3 performance in game two earned them CBS College Sports Network Player of the Game honors in the nationally televised doubleheader...Sadoian collected hits in 7 consecutive at bats vs. Fresno State(4/25-27), the final 3 at bats in game 3 and the first 4 in game 4 then scored 5 runs in those 7 hits...Sadoian vs. Fresno State(4/27) and Bowman vs. CSUMB(3/4) and vs. Sac State(5/11) have hit 3 doubles in game this season which is the most by any player in the WAC this season...Ciarlo, Kort and Rodriguez were named the WAC Hitters of the Week three consecutive weeks from Feb. 25 to Mar. 16...Rodriguez hit .375(21-for-56) with 9 runs scored, 14RBI, 8 doubles and a home run during a team season and career-high 14-game hit streak that ended in the final game at Hawai`i(4/20)...Rodriguez’ 14-game hit streak is tied for the sixth longest in the WAC this season...Rodriguez ranks nationally in doubles(32nd), doubles per game(36th) and batting average(54th)...IF-Nick Leid has started the last 6 games at second base for an injured David Ciarlo...Ciarlo was hit in the face with a pitch in game 2 at La Tech and was taken to the hospital by ambulance but xrays were negative...Ciarlo injured his ankle trying to get out of the way of the pitch and has missed the last 6 games and is doubtful for the SJSU series...it is the second time Leid has filled in for Ciarlo this season vs. La Tech with the first being March 20-22 due to illness...Leid hit the first pitch he saw in game 3 last weekend vs. La Tech over the fence for his second home run of the season...Rodriguez’ .413 batting average in WAC play is fifth in the conference while Hale’s .362 average is 13th...Hale drove in a career-high 5 in the final game vs. NMSU(4/6) with 4 coming on his two, 2-run homers...Hale’s 7 home runs is second on the team to Rodriguez’ 8...Rodriguez, DH-Terry Walsh, Hale, Kort, Jaquez and Sadoian have hit 2 home runs in a game this season...Ciarlo had started 88 consecutive games at second base and played in 113 in a row until missing game 2 of the La Tech(3/21) series due to illness...Kort(1B) and Rodriguez(3B) have started all 51 games at the same position...Jaquez(28) and Simas(22) have split most of catching duties for the Pack this season with freshman Matt Langenfeld starting the other game...Bowman hit an inside the park home run vs. Utah Valley in game 4 that scored 2 runs after the left fielder ran into the wall trying to make the catch...Bowman also supplied all the offense with his solo home run leading off the 4th inning in the Pack’s 1-0 victory over Utah Valley in the series opener...Kort leads the team with 14 multi RBI games which is tied for sixth in the WAC...Nevada pinch hitters are hitting .215(14-for-65) with 10 runs scored, a double, a home run and 10RBI...Leid drove in 7 runs in game 1 vs. CSUMB which is tied for the most by any player in the WAC this season...Bowman and Kort each had 5 hits in game 1 vs. CSUMB which is tied for the high by any player in the WAC this season and their career highs.
ON THE MOUND: RHP-Kyle Howe won his 8th game pitching his WAC leading 4th complete game of the year in game 2 vs. Sac State as the Pack rallied in the 9th for the 6-5 victory...Howe’s 8 wins is tied for first in the WAC and 6 wins in WAC play leads the league...RHP-Derek Achelpohl pitched 8.2 shutout innings allowing 6 hits and struck out 5 in the final game at La Tech(5/4) as the Pack won 2-0 which earned him WAC Pitcher of the Week honors...In two appearances vs. La Tech this season Achelpohl is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, 13 strikeouts and just 2 walks in 15 innings...LHP-Chris Garcia earned his first two saves of the season at La Tech pitching 1.2 shutout innings in game 2 and struck out the only batter he faced to end game 4...Garcia and RHP-Mario Rivera are tied for the team lead with 2 saves...Howe was the first Pack hurler to earn WAC Pitcher of the Week honors after allowing 1 run on 7 hits with 5 strikeouts tossing a complete game gem in a 4-1 win over WAC leading Fresno State(4/26)...Howe’s 3.69ERA and .238 opponent batting average rank fifth in the WAC...RHP-Rod Scurry(5-6) made his first career relief appearance in the final game of the Fresno State(4/27) series and retired the side in the 9th to earn the save after suffering the loss as the Friday night starter...Scurry pitched the first complete game of his career and first 1-0 shutout in Peccole Park history as the Pack defeated Utah Valley(4/11) in the first game of the series allowing 4 hits and struck out 6...Scurry ranks in the top 10 in six pitching categories in the WAC...Scurry and Howe tossed back-to-back complete games in the first two games of the UVU series...RHP-Sammy Miller(2-0) pitched 6.1 innings of 2 hit shutout relief with a career-high 4 strikeouts in game 3 vs. Fresno State to earn his second win of the season...LHP-Brock Stassi(3-1) lost for the first time this season as Nevada fell 13-4 to Sac State(5/10) and the Pack are 6-1 when he starts a game...Rivera(2-1) retired all six hitters he faced in game 3 at Hawai`i(4/19) striking out three to earn his second save of the season...Rivera’s 7 career saves is tied for 9th most in Pack history...Stassi won his first two career starts in the same week vs. UNLV and NMSU...RHP-Dan Eastman had been in the weekend rotation 3 weekends but has been moved to the bullpen...Achelpohl pitched 6.1 innings of 6 hit, 8 strikeout relief vs. La Tech(3/22) to earn his first win at Nevada...Achelpohl pitched 3 shutout innings with 5 strikeouts vs. Utah Valley to earn his first save at Nevada and has split time between the rotation and bullpen...8 Pack pitchers RHP-Bryan Suarez(2ip), Miller(1ip), LHP-Jacob Kaup(1ip), Achelpohl(1ip), Stassi(1ip), Eastham(1ip), RHP-Ryan Iodence(1ip) and RHP-Ben Colton(1ip) combined to allow just 5 hits in a 10-0 shutout of Pacific(3/18)...Eastham(4ip), Iodence(1ip), Miller(1ip) and Stassi(1ip) combined earlier in the season to shutout CSUMB 16-0 in the second game of a doubleheader back on Mar. 4...Scurry, Stassi, Achelpohl and Miller each have one save on the season...Miller leads the team with 17 appearances...after making 6 starts to begin the season Garcia has been moved to the bullpen where he has earned 2 wins and 2 saves...Eastham got the first win of his career tossing 4 shutout innings in his start vs. CSUMB and was the first starter to earn a win this season.
NEVADA CLOSES OUT REGULAR SEASON AT SAN JOSE STATE
Nevada(31-20, 18-10 WAC) will close out the regular season with a four-game Western Athletic Conference series at San Jose State(27-23, 13-14 WAC) this weekend. Friday’s game gets underway at 6:00 p.m. with Saturday’s doubleheader starting at 1:00 p.m. as does Sunday’s final game.
Currently the Wolf Pack are one game back of Fresno State(19-9) in the conference standings with four games remaining to be played by both schools. The Bulldogs close out their schedule with a four-game series at Sacramento State.
The Pack are 14-24 in WAC play versus SJSU and 5-13 in San Jose, Calif.
WAC TEAMS BATTLE FOR SEEDING
The six team WAC Tournament field of Fresno State, Nevada, Hawai`i, SJSU, New Mexico State and Sac State has been determined as the host institituion, Louisiana Tech will not make the tournament but will play host at JC Love Field in Ruston, La., May 22-25.
The Pack and FS are battling for the regular season title as the Bulldogs head into the final weekend with a one-game lead. One win by the Pack at SJSU will assure them of one of the top two seeds for the tournament but will need some help to overtake FS for the regular season title. Hawai`i has completed WAC play at 18-14 and will be the second or third seed depending on how Nevada does this weekend.
Just one game separates SJSU(13-14), NMSU(13-15) and Sac State(12-15) with the final four games remaining on the schedule.