May 14, 2014
NEVADA AT UNLV FOR GOVERNOR'S SERIES MATCH-UP: The University of Nevada (28-22, 15-12 MW) baseball team ends the regular season with a three-game series at intrastate rival UNLV (30-21, 17-10 MW) in a Governor's Series and Mountain West match-up. The Rebels are currently second in the MW standings, two games in front of the Wolf Pack at 17-10. The Pack is tied for third with San Diego State at 15-12. The Pack would need to sweep UNLV to finish second.
The series begins on Thursday at 6:05 p.m. and Friday's game is also set for 6:05 p.m. Saturday's finale is a 1:05 p.m. first pitch.
Thur., May 15 - at UNLV - Las Vegas - Earl E. Wilson Stadium (3,000) - 6:05 p.m. PT
Fri., May 16 - at UNLV - Las Vegas - Earl E. Wilson Stadium (3,000) - 6:05 p.m. PT
Sat., May 17 - at UNLV - Las Vegas - Earl E. Wilson Stadium (3,000) - 1:05 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
Record: 28-22 MW: 15-12
Head Coach: Jay Johnson (Point Loma Nazarene, 2001)
at Nevada: 28-22 (First season)
Career Record: 65-38 (Second season)
Record: 30-21 MW: 17-10
Head Coach: Tim Chambers (Southern Utah, 1989)
at UNLV: 126-96 (Fourth season)
Career Record: same
Series: UNLV leads 63-48.
Last Games: The Rebels won four of the six games last season.
In Reno May 10-12, 2013: UNLV 12-2, UNLV 5-1, UNLV 15-1
In Las Vegas Apr. 12-14, 2013: Pack 7-6, UNLV 15-2, Pack 5-4
Nevada returns to Las Vegas for the Mountain West Championship, May 21-25 at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.
Governor's Series: The baseball series this week at UNLV is part of the Governor's Series presented by NV Energy. Three points will be awarded to the winner of the three-game series.
On October 8, 2012 Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval announced the launch of the Governor's Series, presented by NV Energy. This historic, new competition establishes a formal head-to-head athletic and academic challenge between longtime rivals -- the UNLV Rebels and the Nevada Wolf Pack. The all-encompassing competition will annually crown one school the winner of the Governor's Series.
UNLV won last season and leads this year by a score of 24-15.
PACK TIED FOR THIRD: Heading into the final weekend of Mountain West play Nevada is tied for third in the conference standings with San Diego State at 15-12. The Wolf Pack holds the tiebreaker with SDSU after winning four of the six games this season.
The Pack would need to sweep second-place UNLV this weekend to move into the top two and earn a buy in next week's MW Championship.
Fresno State is fifth at 12-15, followed by San José State (10-20) and Air Force (9-18).
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 65-38 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 24 doubles and ranks second averaging .49 doubles per game ... Meyer is 44th with 71 hits ... Austin Byler is ninth with 13 home runs and 11th averaging .27 home runs per game ... Byler is 24th with five triples and 42nd with .10 triples per game ... Colby Blueberg is sixth with 31 pitching appearances ... Byler is eighth with a .689 slugging percentage ... Byler is 14th with 126 total bases and Meyer is 50th with 108 ... Meyer is the 11th toughest hitter to strikeouts at one per 20.6 at bats, Jordan Devencenzi is 41st at 14.8 and Justin Bridgman 57th at 14 ... Adam Whitt ranks 85th with seven saves ... Michael Fain is 27th with 13 starts ... Kyle Hunt is 21st with 18 times being hit by pitch.
WHOSE HOT: In his last 17 games pitched Colby Blueberg has allowed just three earned runs in 22.2 innings with 24 strikeouts and a 1.19 ERA ... Trenton Brooks has hits in 10 of his last 11 games and is batting .415 (17-for-41) with four runs scored, a double, a home run and 11 RBI in the stretch ... Brooks hit in the first eight games of the 11-game stretch ... In the last 11 games Austin Byler is batting .419 (18-for-43) with 14 runs scored, four doubles, five home runs, 12 RBI, a .509 on base percentage and .860 slugging percentage ... Five times in the 11 games Byler has produced multiple hit games ... Catcher Jordan Devencenzi has caught 11 of the last 18 base runners with three pickoffs over an 11-game stretch ... Kewby Meyer is batting .447 (21-of-47) with 15 runs scored, six doubles, a home run, eight RBI, a .519 on base percentage and .638 slugging percentage in the last 11 games ... In six of the 11 games Meyer has multiple hits.
HITTING: Kewby Meyer's three-game hit streak is the longest active streak on the team ... 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) ... Trenton Brooks hit .452(14-for-31) with four runs scored, six RBI, a double and a home run during an eight-game hit streak that ended in game two of the UNM series ... Scott Kaplan batted .320 with six runs scored, two doubles and drove in one during his eight-game streak ... The eight-game hit streaks by Brooks and Kaplan are tied for the second longest on the team this season ... Justin Bridgman, Jordan Devencenzi and Brad Gerig (twice) have seven game hit streaks this season ... Bridgman batted .370, Gerig batted .267 and .481 and Devencenzi .379 during their seven-game hit streaks ... Kyle Hunt had a six-game hit streak that tied the longest of his career ... Austin Byler has reached base in the last 15 games and earlier this season had a 15-game streak which are the two longest streaks on the team this season of reaching base ... The current 15-game streak is the fifth longest active streak in the MW ... 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 47 all at shortstop ... Twice Byler has hit home runs in three consecutive games ... Byler leads the MW with 13 home runs, a .677 slugging percentage, 126 total bases and is tied for first with five triples ... In MW play Byler tops the league in slugging percentage (.740), triples (4) and home runs (9) ... In MW Gerig (.444) and Byler (.443) are second and third respectively in on base percentage ... Meyer's career-high 25 doubles is tied for first in the MW, second in NCAA I and for the best season in school history ... Meyer and Byler rank fifth and sixth in the MW with .348 and .344 batting averages ... Brad Gerig (.372) is second in batting in MW play, Brooks (.360) ranks sixth and Byler (.340) ninth ... Meyer is fourth in total bases (111), sixth in slugging percentage (.529), fourth in hits (73) and tied sixth in runs scored (43) in the MW ... In MW play Meyer is tied for third in doubles (10), is tied for fourth in hits (38), is fourth in at bats (115) and 14th in batting (.330) ... Gerig (.558) and Brooks (.506) are fifth and ninth in MW play in slugging percentage ... Meyer tops the team with 25 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 tied for sixth in the MW and five in conference play is tied for fourth ... 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 first in the MW being hit by pitch 18 times and 10 in conference play is also first ... Devencenzi is tied for third in the conference being hit by pitch 11 times and Byler is seventh being hit 10 times ... Devencenzi is second in the MW having caught 25 base stealers and 16 in conference play is first ... Devencenzi has started 48 games, 43 at catcher ... 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 in the home USF game.
PITCHING: Three Pack pitchers rank in the top 20 in ERA in the MW with Jason Deitrich eighth at 3.15, Barry Timko is 10th with a 3.62 ERA and Michael Fain 11th at 3.89 ... In conference play Fain ranks eighth with a 3.47 ERA, Timko is ninth with a 3.83 ERA, and Deitrich is 12th at 4.26 ... Three rank in the top 20 in opponent batting average; Timko (.230,4th), Deitrich (.259,9th) and Fain (.260,10th) while in MW play Timko is fourth at .230, Fain is eighth at .245 and Deitrich 13th at .297 ... All three Pack starters Barry Timko, Michael Fain and Jason Deitrich earned victories in the SDSU series ... Nevada is 8-5 in Fain's 13 starts, 6-3 when Tyler Wells starts, 7-3 when Timko starts and 4-7 when Deitrich makes the start ... Fain's 38 strikeouts in MW play is seventh, nine looking is tied for ninth and four wins is tied for fifth ... Adam Whitt is third in the MW with seven saves, is 15th with 46 strikeouts, tied for 10th with 15 strikeouts looking, is second with 22 games finished and tied for second with 27 games in relief ... In conference action Whitt is 16th with 23 strikeouts, tied for ninth with nine strikeouts outs looking, is third with five saves, tied for seventh with 12 appearances, is tied for second with 11 games finished and tied for sixth with 12 games in relief ... Whitt pitched a career-high five innings and struck out a career-high six to get the win in the Pack's 9-8, 12-inning victory over FS (Apr. 18) ... Timko tops the team with six wins that is tied for fifth in the MW ... Whitt is second on the team and tied for eighth in the MW with five wins ... All four of Fain's wins have come in MW play which is tied for fifth in the conference and Timko's five MW victories is tied for third ... Colby Blueberg's 32 appearances and 32 relief appearances is first in the MW while his 17 appearances and 17 games in relief in MW play is also first ... Blueberg has allowed a run in just seven of 32 appearances and has 1.40 ERA ... In 17 MW games Blueberg has allowed one run in a total of 21 innings with 20 strikeouts and an ERA of 0.43 ... Blueberg earned his first two career saves vs. New Mexico and Utah Valley in back-to-back outings ... Fain has hit 14 batters on the season and 12 in MW which is tops in the conference ... Deitrich has plunked 10 which is tied for second in the conference and six in MW play is tied for fourth ... Blueberg and Whitt are tied for seventh in the MW having hit nine batters each ... Fain, Deitrich and Wells have each pitched complete games for the Pack but only Fain earned a win tossing a complete game ... Ten 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 at home.
TEAM NOTES: Nevada's 28 wins is three more than all last season and 15 MW victories is four more than the 11 last year ... Nevada's 2-1 series loss at Peccole Park to MW leading New Mexico is the first home series lost this season ... The Pack is a season-high six games over .500 at 28-22 for the third time this season ... 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 12-8 in the last 20 games ... The Pack is 17-6 at Peccole Park , 9-15 in road games and 2-1 at neutral sites ... Nevada ranks 40th in doubles per game at 1.86 in NCAA I and is 48th with 91 doubles overall ... The Pack is 41st in NCAA I averaging .61 home runs per game and is 38th overall with 30 ... Nevada is 43rd in the country with a .404 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 at Air Force on a season-high 18 hits ... Nevada is fourth in hitting (.280), fourth in pitching (4.03 ERA) and fourth in fielding (.968) in the MW ... In MW play the Pack is third in batting (.298), fifth in ERA (4.59) and second in fielding (.976) ... 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 ... 22 of Nevada's 30 home runs have come in MW play ... The 22 home runs in MW play is first in the conference and 30 on the season is second ... Nevada is second in the MW having hit 58 batters and 38 in conference play 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 30 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 ... Eight home runs have been hit on a first pitch ... Nevada has used just 13 pitchers this season ... Nevada is 20-2 when leading after the six innings, 22-4 after the seventh and 22-1 after the eighth ... The Pack has outscored opponents 25-10 in the ninth inning.
BLUEBERG SETS APPEARANCE RECORD: Nevada junior Colby Blueberg set the Wolf Pack single season record with his 29th appearance on May 5 vs. UC Davis. Since then Blueberg made three more appearances increasing the record to 32. In his last two outings he earned his first two career saves vs. New Mexico and Utah Valley. In his career he has appeared in 76 games. 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 TIES PACK DOUBLES MARK: Junior Kewby Meyer's 25th double of the season came against Utah Valley on May 13th and tied Justin Drizos (1994) for the best season in school history. Meyer's 45 career doubles is 10th in Pack history.
The 25 doubles this season is tied for first in the MW and second nationally.
BROOKS MAKING TWO MOUND APPEARANCES IN SAME GAME: 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.
Since then Brooks as pitched twice vs. New Mexico on May 11 and Utah Valley on May 13 in the same game.
Brooks improved to 2-1 earning a victory when the Pack defeated St. Mary's College 6-3. He allowed one run on four hits in 3.2 innings on the mound.
28 WINS SURPASSES 2013 TOTAL: Nevada's 28 wins is three more than the 25 the team has last year going 25-32. The Wolf Pack's 15 Mountain West victories is four more than the 11 a year ago. Currently the team is a season-high six games over .500 for the third time at 28-22.
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 12 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 (.677), on base percentage (.437), RBI (42), triples (5), home runs (13), total bases (126), multiple RBI games (10) and is tied with Meyer for first with 43 runs scored. He is second in batting average (.344), hits (64), doubles (13), sac flies (3), stolen bases (7) at bats (186), total plate appearances (223) and multiple hit games (20).
Meyer tops the team in batting average (.348), hits (73), doubles (25), total plate appearances (231), at bats (210), multiple hit games (25) and is tied for first with Byler with runs 43 runs scored. He is second in slugging percentage (.529), on base percentage (.403), RBI (28) and total bases (111).
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 History 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.
BYLER TWICE NAMED MOUNTAIN WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Nevada junior first baseman Austin Byler earned Mountain West Baseball Player of the Week honors from March 31-April 6 and again May 5-11.
Austin Byler, NEVADA
Junior, First Baseman, Peoria, Ariz. / Sunrise Mountain HS
March 31-April 6
Led Nevada to a 3-2 record, including a 2-1 series win against Conference foe San José State over the weekend.
Hit for an average of .438 with seven hits, six runs scored and three RBI over the five-game stretch. His slugging percentage for the week was .875, while he got on base at a .591 clip.
Was 2-for-4 with one double in a 4-0 loss against Grand Canyon on March 31.
Followed up with a 1-for-2 performance with one RBI in a 3-2 win against the Antelopes the next day. Was put on base twice in the game on a hit-by-pitch.
Got on base three times with three runs scored and one double in Saturday's 6-5 win, the second game of the doubleheader with the
Spartans, after not reaching base in the 2-1 loss in game one.
Was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI in Sunday's series finale. Was a double short of the cycle and registered two walks in the 7-4 victory.
Drew a walk in the ninth inning of Sunday's game and scored the game-winning run.
Started all five games at first base and did not commit an error in 54 total chances.
Led Nevada to a 3-2 record last week.
Hit for an average of .500 with nine hits, seven runs scored and seven RBI over the five-game stretch. His slugging percentage for the week was 1.167, while he got on base at a .583 clip.
Started the week on Tuesday with a 4-for-5 performance in the Wolf Pack's 10-inning 6-5 win over UC Davis. Scored one run, drove in four and hit one double and one home run.
His four hits in the game tied a single-game career-high. His sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning tied the game at five.
On Wednesday, went 2-for-4 with one run scored, two RBI, one double and one home run in a 6-3 victory over Saint Mary's. His two-run homer in the fifth inning broke a 2-2 tie and gave Nevada the lead.
Opened up the MW series with New Mexico on Friday going 2-for-3 with three runs scored, one double, one home run and one RBI in a 5-4 loss.
Followed up in the second game of the series with a 1-for-3 performance with one run scored and one walk in the 6-5 win.
Finished the weekend with one walk and one run scored in Sunday's 6-5 loss to the first-place Lobos.
Was the starting first baseman in all five contests, going errorless in 58 total chances.