Nevada opens MW Championship versus Fresno State Wednesday
May 20, 2014
NEVADA TAKES ON FRESNO WEDNESDAY: The University of Nevada (28-25, 15-15 MW) baseball team plays Fresno State (27-27, 13-17 MW) in the opening round of the Mountain West Championship on Wednesday at Earl E. Wilson Stadium in Las Vegas at 7 p.m. The Wolf Pack earned the fourth seed after posting a 15-15 MW record while the Bulldogs are fifth with a 13-17 conference mark.
Record: 28-25 MW: 15-15
Head Coach: Jay Johnson (Point Loma Nazarene, 2001)
at Nevada: 28-25 (First season)
Career Record: 65-41 (Second season)
MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPIONSHIP
Wednesday, May 21
Game 1: #6 Air Force vs. #San José State 11 a.m. PT
Game 2: #3 San Diego State vs. Winner of Game 1 3 p.m. PT
Game 3: #4 Nevada vs. #5 Fresno State 7 p.m. PT
Thursday, May 22
Game 4: Loser of Game 2 vs. Loser of Game 3 11 a.m. PT
Game 5: #2 New Mexico vs. Highest winning seed of Games 2/3 3 p.m. PT
Game 6: #1 UNLV vs. Lowest winning seed of Games 2/3 7 p.m. PT
Friday, May 23
Game 7: Winner of Game 4 vs. Lowest losing seed of Games 5/6 11 a.m. PT
Game 8: Winner of Game 7 vs. Highest losing seed of Games 5/6 3 p.m. PT
Game 9: Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 6 7 p.m. PT
Saturday, May 24
Game 10: Winner of Game 8 vs. Loser of Game 9 3 p.m. PT
Championship Game: Winner of Game 9 vs. Winner of Game 10 7 p.m. PT
Sunday, May 25
If necessary Championship Game
Same teams as Saturday 7 p.m. if both have one loss 1 p.m. PT
LINKS TO KEY NEVADA INFORMATION:
Player bios: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/unv-m-basebl-mtt.html
History and record Book: http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/unv/sports/m-basebl/auto_pdf/2013-14/misc_non_event/History.pdf
Player career statistics and career highs: http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/unv/sports/m-basebl/auto_pdf/2013-14/misc_non_event/career.pdf
Season statistics (html): http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2013-2014/teamstat.html
Season statistics (pdf): http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/unv/sports/m-basebl/auto_pdf/2013-14/stats/season_stats.pdf
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 or TheMWC.com. Rich Cellini will provide the play by play. David Lombardi and Paul Loeffler will share the analyst duties.
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
MW Championship WEBSITE: Keep up with the MW Championship at http://www.themwc.com/#!/page/championship_m-basebl. The site includes links to the live stream, live stats, recaps, photos and highlights.
NCAA REGIONAL BID ON THE LINE: The seven-team Mountain West Championship gets underway on Wednesday morning at UNLV's Earl E. Wilson Stadium with the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals on the line. The winner of the MW Championship will received one of 64 bids to the NCAA Championship.
PACK FINISHES FOURTH: Heading into the final weekend of Mountain West play Nevada was tied for third with San Diego State and needed a sweep at UNLV to finish in the top two and earn a bye in the MW Championship. Unfortunately the Pack lost all three games at UNLV and SDSU won twice at Fresno State to earn the third seed as Nevada finished fourth. In the preseason coaches poll Nevada was picked fifth. Last season the Pack finished fifth of out then six teams in its first year in the MW.
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 65-41 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 26 doubles and ranks second averaging .49 doubles per game ... Meyer is 32nd with 78 hits ... Austin Byler is seventh with 14 home runs and eighth averaging .27 home runs per game ... Byler is 30th with five triples and 53rd with .10 triples per game ... Colby Blueberg is eighth with 33 pitching appearances ... Byler is ninth with a .660 slugging percentage ... Byler is 13th with 132 total bases and Meyer is 44th with 117 ... Meyer is the 10th toughest hitter to strikeouts at one per 20.4 at bats and Jordan Devencenzi is 38th at 15.1 ... Adam Whitt ranks 92nd with seven saves ... Kyle Hunt is 25th with 19 times being hit by pitch and 37th being hit by pitch .36 time per game.
WHOSE HOT: In his last 14 games infielder Bryce Barger has 11 hits and is batting .333 (15-for-45) with eight run scored and seven RBI ... In his last 18 games pitched Colby Blueberg has allowed just three earned runs in 24.2 innings with 25 strikeouts and a 1.09 ERA ... Trenton Brooks has hits in 12 of his last 14 games and is batting .377 (20-for-53) with four runs scored, a double, a home run and 11 RBI in the stretch ... Brooks hit in the first eight games of the 14-game stretch ... In the last 14 games Austin Byler is batting .368 (21-for-57) with 16 runs scored, four doubles, six home runs, 15 RBI, a .456 on base percentage and .754 slugging percentage ... Six times in the 14 games Byler has produced multiple hit games ... Catcher Jordan Devencenzi has caught 11 of the last 18 base runners with three pickoffs over a 12-game stretch ... Outfielder Brad Gerig is batting .397 (31-for-78) with 17 runs scored, six doubles, four home runs and 15 RBI in the last 23 games ... Infielder Scott Kaplan is batting .333 (16-for-48) with eight runs scored, two doubles, five RBI and a .441 slugging percentage in the last 15 games played ... Kewby Meyer is batting .426 (26-of-61) with 16 runs scored, seven doubles, a home run, nine RBI, a .493 on base percentage and .590 slugging percentage in the last 14 games ... In seven of the 14 games Meyer has multiple hits.
HITTING: Kewby Meyer's five hits vs. UC Davis is the most by a MW player this season ... Meyer's six-game hit streak is the longest active streak on the team and he is batting .386 (10-for-26) with six runs scored, two doubles and two RBI during the streak ... 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 twice had streaks of reaching base in 15 consecutive games which are the longest on the team this season ... Meyer and Brad Gerig have the longest active streaks at 11 games and Bryce Barger's is eight games ... Meyer had a streak of reaching base in 12 consecutive games while Bridgman and Brooks reached base in 11 consecutive games ... Meyer has started 146 games in his career and played in 159 ... 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 50 all at shortstop ... All three of Hunt's home runs have been in MW play ... Senior Bryce Barger's first career extra base hit was a home run and came in the series opener at home vs. MW co-champion New Mexico ... In his career Byler has 107 RBI and 26 HR in 150 games played with 143 being starts ... Hunt has played in 153 games and started 146 during his career ... Twice Byler has hit home runs in three consecutive games ... Byler leads the MW with 14 home runs, a .660 slugging percentage, 132 total bases and is tied for first with five triples ... In MW play Byler tops the league in triples (4) and home runs (10) while ranking second in slugging percentage (.702) and total bases (80)... In MW play Gerig is second in hitting (.375) and on base percentage (.460) while ranking fifth in slugging percentage (.542) ... Meyer's career-high 26 doubles is first nationally, first in the MW and is a school record ... Meyer and Byler rank fifth and eighth in the MW with .348 and .335 batting averages ... In MW play Brooks ranks seventh with a .347 batting average ... Meyer is fourth in total bases (117), eighth in slugging percentage (.522), fourth in hits (78) and is sixth in runs scored (44) in the MW ... In MW play Meyer is third in doubles (11), is tied for fourth in hits (43), is tied for first in at bats (129) and is 14th in batting (.333) ... Meyer tops the team with 26 multiple hit games ... 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 seventh 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 19 times and 11 in conference play is also first ... Devencenzi is tied for third in the conference being hit by pitch 12 times and Byler is tied for 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 49 games, 44 at catcher ... Devencenzi missed the final two games of the UNLV series after being hit on the hand by a bat while catching ... 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 10th at 3.13, Michael Fain 13th at 3.89 and Barry Timko is 16th with a 4.55 ERA ... In conference play Fain ranks eighth with a 3.47 ERA, Deitrich is 12th at 4.11 and Timko is 16th with a 5.23 ERA ... Three rank in the top 20 in opponent batting average; Timko (.247,4th), Fain (.260,10th) and Deitrich (.263,11th) while in MW play Fain is seventh at .245, Timko is eighth at .256 and Deitrich 14th at .299 ... All three Pack starters Barry Timko, Michael Fain and Jason Deitrich earned victories in the SDSU series ... For the first time this season Fain did not make a starter at UNLV because of injury ... Nevada is 8-5 in Fain's 13 starts, 6-3 when Tyler Wells starts, 7-4 when Timko starts and 4-8 when Deitrich makes the start ... Fain's 38 strikeouts in MW play is tied for seventh, nine looking is tied for 10th and four wins is tied for seventh ... Adam Whitt is tied for third in the MW with seven saves, is 14th with 51 strikeouts, tied for sixth with 18 strikeouts looking, is second with 22 games finished and tied for second with 28 games in relief ... In conference action Whitt is 13th with 28 strikeouts, fifth with 12 strikeouts outs looking, is third with five saves, tied for seventh with 13 appearances, is tied for second with 11 games finished and tied for fifth with 13 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 sixth in the MW ... Whitt is second on the team and tied for ninth in the MW with five wins ... All four of Fain's wins have come in MW play which is tied for seventh in the conference and Timko's five MW victories is tied for third ... Colby Blueberg's 33 appearances and 33 relief appearances is first in the MW while his 18 appearances and 18 games in relief in MW play is also first ... Blueberg has allowed a run in just seven of 33 appearances and has 1.34 ERA ... In 18 MW games Blueberg has allowed one run in a total of 23 innings with 21 strikeouts with just three walks and an ERA of 0.39 ... On the season Blueberg has 45 strikeouts and 15 walks ... 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 fourth in the conference and six in MW play is tied for sixth ... Whitt's 11 batter hit is third in the conference and seven in MW is tied for third ... Bluerberg's 10 batters hit is tied for 10th in the conference ... 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 co-champion New Mexico is the first home series lost 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 4-6 in its last 10 games and 9-11 in the last 20 games ... The Pack is 17-6 at Peccole Park , 9-18 in road games and 2-1 at neutral sites ... Nevada is 8-8 in one-run games and 5-5 in one-run games in MW play ... Nevada ranks 51st in doubles per game at 1.83 in NCAA I and is 49th with 97 doubles overall ... The Pack is 45th in NCAA I averaging .60 home runs per game and is 40th overall with 32 ... Nevada is 43rd in the country with a .402 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 (.279), fifth in pitching (4.21 ERA) and sixth in fielding (.966) in the MW ... In MW play the Pack is third in batting (.295), fifth in ERA (4.86) and second in fielding (.972) ... 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 ... 24 of Nevada's 32 home runs have come in MW play ... The 24 home runs in MW play is first in the conference and 32 on the season is second ... Nevada is first in the MW having hit 62 batters and 42 in conference play also tops the league ... Nevada hitters have been hit 65 times and that ranks second behind SJSU as does 38 in MW play ... 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 32 home runs came vs. SDSU, four at home and three on the road ... 17 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 ... 10 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 27-10 in the ninth inning.
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 28-25.
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 four more appearances increasing the record to 33. His 77 career appearances ranks third in school history.
In his outings versus New Mexico and Utah Valley he earned the first two saves of 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.
Whitt's 28 appearances is tied with Rico Lagattuta (1994) for the second most in a season at Nevada.
MEYER SETS PACK DOUBLES MARK: Junior Kewby Meyer's 26th double of the season came at UNLV on May 16 and set the school record for doubles in a season. Meyer's 46 career doubles is 10th in Pack history and one behind Shane Slayton (1993-96) and Jacob Butler (2002-05) for eighth
The 26 doubles this season ranks first 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.
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 one-two in 11 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 (.660), on base percentage (.426), runs (45), RBI (45), triples (5), home runs (14), total bases (132) and multiple RBI games (11). He is second in batting average (.335), hits (78), doubles (13), sac flies (3), stolen bases (7), at bats (200), total plate appearances (238) and multiple hit games (21).
Meyer tops the team in batting average (.348), hits (78), doubles (26), total plate appearances (246), at bats (224) and multiple hit games (26). He is second in slugging percentage (.522), on base percentage (.402), runs (44), RBI (29) and total bases (117).
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.