|Spartans Hit The Road To Reno For WAC Series|
The San Jose State baseball team will be looking to start a winning streak in Reno, Nev., this weekend, as it travels to face Nevada in a three-game Western Athletic Conference series beginning Friday.
May 11...........6:00 p.m.
Johnny Melero (2-5, 2.83)
Bradey Shipley (7-3, 2.21)
May 12...........1:00 p.m.
David Wayne Russo (2-2, 4.08)
Tom Jameson (6-2, 1.90)
May 13...........1:00 p.m.
90.5 FM KSJS and The GoldZone on sjsuspartans.com is the radio broadcast home for San Jose State baseball in 2012. Jess Knaster and Jeff Bowe will be on the call from Reno, Nev., for all three games of the series. Saturday’s game will be broadcast concurrently on KSJS and The GoldZone, with pregame beginning at 12:45 p.m. Friday and Sunday’s games will both be broadcast on The Goldzone only.
Live stats are available free of charge for all San Jose State home games and a majority of road contests. Click on the Live Stats icon at the top of the San Jose State Athletics web page at SJSUSpartans.com and select the game. Fans can also access the live stats from the Schedule/Results section off the baseball page.
SCOUTING SAN JOSE STATE
The Spartans (21-22, 5-7 WAC) are coming off their first road series sweep of the season at Louisiana Tech last weekend. Michael Gerlach has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games with five multi-hit performances during that stretch. Jacob Valdez extended his hit streak to four games Sunday. He finished the weekend going 5-for-12 (.417). The sophomore has reached base in five straight games.
Kalei Contrades and Jason Kafka have posted a combined 1.99 ERA in 45 1/3 innings pitched with four saves and 37 strikeouts. Mike Aldrete leads the team with a 6-1 record in 18 appearances.
The Wolfpack (27-21, 5-7 WAC) have won seven of their last 10 games, including taking two of three from Fresno State in their last WAC series, April 27-29, at home.
Kewby Meyer is the team’s leading hitter with a .333 average and four stolen bases. Brooks Klein tops the team with eight homeruns and 40 RBIs.
Nevada’s pitching staff has four arms with at least 12 appearances and ERAs of 3.00 or lower. Closer Matt Gardner leads the WAC with 10 saves. Braden Shipley is 7-3 and has 64 strikeouts with a 2.21 ERA in 12 starts.
San Jose State suffered its first road sweep of the season and first WAC series sweep since 2007 last weekend at the hands of Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs had baserunners on in 24 of 25 innings played during the weekend and got the leadoff batter of the inning on 17 times. The sweep ended a streak of four straight series the Spartans either won or split against the Bulldogs.