2013 Opening Day Baseball Set For Friday

The San Jose State baseball team starts the 2013 campaign on Opening Day this Friday, February 15 at 3:00 p.m. PST against Pacific at Municipal Stadium. Friday's game will be the first of a three game series between the Spartans and the Tigers. Games one and two will be at Municipal Stadium in San Jose, Calif., and the series finale will be played at Klein Family Field in Stockton, Calif.

Dave Nakama enters his first season as the head coach of the Spartans. He replaces Sam Piraro who coached San Jose State for the last 25 years, and retired last June.

Games #1-3

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (0-0)
VS. PACIFIC (0-0)
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 3:00 P.M.
SAN JOSE MUNICIPAL STADIUM
 SAN JOSE, CALIF.
Pitching matchups to be determined

VS. PACIFIC (0-0)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1:00 P.M.
SAN JOSE MUNICIPAL STADIUM
 SAN JOSE, CALIF.
Pitching matchups to be determined

AT PACIFIC (0-0)
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1:00 P.M.
KLEIN FAMILY FIELD
STOCKTON, CALIF.
Pitching matchups to be determined

SPARTANS OPEN 2013 WITH 3-GAME SERIES VS. PACIFIC
San Jose State will take the field for the first time on Opening Day at Municipal Stadium for game one of a three-game series against the University of the Pacific. The Spartans and Tigers will play two games in San Jose before shifting to Klein Family Field in Stockton, Calif., for the series finale.

RADIO COVERAGE
90.5 FM KSJS and The GoldZone on www.sjsuspartans.com is the radio broadcast home for San Jose State baseball. All three games of the UOP series will be broadcast live on 90.5 FM KSJS, with Jess Knaster and Erik Oas on the call Friday and Sunday. Alex Scott and Jordan Serpa will broadcast Saturday's game.

LIVE STATS
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 www.sjsuspartans.com and select the game. Fans can also access live stats through the Schedule/Results section of the baseball page, or at www.sjsu.statbroadcast.com.

SERIES HISTORY

The Spartans hold a 84-74 lead in the all-time series against the Tigers. San Jose State has a slight 6-5 edge in games against UOP in the last four seasons

LAST MEETING

The Spartans took two of three from the Tigers in 2012. Both of San Jose State's wins came at Klein Family Field in Stockton, Calif., while UOP took the final game, 7-0 at Municipal Stadium.

SCOUTING SAN JOSE STATE
San Jose State baseball is under the direction of new head coach Dave Nakama who comes to the Spartans after spending the last three seasons as associate head coach at the University of Washington. San Jose State is returning 14 letterwinners and nine starting position players from the 2012 team. Ricky Acosta (IF), Drew Bradshaw (LHP), Michael Gerlach (OF), Kyle Hassna (RHP), Richie Johnson (IF), Jason Kafka (RHP), Tim Quiery (OF), David Wayne Russo (LHP) and Nick Schulz (OF) make up the 2013 senior class. San Jose State was picked to finish ninth in the 2013 WAC Preseason Coaches' Poll, receiving 23 votes.

SCOUTING PACIFIC
The Tigers have six returning position players and two starting pitchers returning from the 2012 team which finished 16-40 overall and 6-18 in Big West play. Third baseman Dustin Torchio was the 2011 Big West Batting Champion with Pacific. He returns in 2013 as a senior after a shortened season last year due to injury. Sophomore pitchers Michael Benson and Mike Hagar will head up the pitching staff for the Tigers. Benson led the team in ERA (3.34) and strikeouts (46) while Hagar was the leader in wins with six and fewest walks with just 13.

ALL NEW COACHING STAFF
Dave Nakama comes to San Jose State as the new head coach after spending the last three seasons as the associate head coach at the University of Washington. The 1984 graduate of Willamette University has 13 years of coaching experience in the Pac-12 Conference. In 10 seasons as an assistant at Stanford, the Cardinal won four Pac-10
Championships, five NCAA Regional crowns and appeared in the College World Series four times (1997, 2002, 2003 and 2008). Nakama Brings in assistants Brad Sanfilippo (UC Davis, 1998) and Nicholas Enriquez (Menlo College, 2001). Also on the staff are volunteer assistant Jeff Austin (Stanford, 1998) and undergraduate student-assistants Matt Durkin (San Jose State, 2004) and Adam Shorsher (San Jose State, 2002).

FOR STARTERS
 San Jose State is 17-2-1 in season openers in the last 20 years.
 
PRESEASON HONORS
Senior Outfielder Nick Schulz was named a Preseason Second-Team All-Western Athletic
Conference choice by collegesportsmadness.com. In 2012 Schulz played in 45 games, making 40 starts in the outfield and two as a designated hitter. The Mountain View, Calif., native led the team with four homeruns, 21 RBIs, 24 walks and a .436 slugging percentage.

SCHEDULE NOTES
San Jose State will play 12 out-of-state games this season, the most since the 2007 partan team. Three of those games will come against defending NCAA Division I National Champion Arizona. The three-game set runs February 22-24. The Spartans are 1-0-1 all-time against the Wildcats. The schedule also features games against local non-conference
opponents such as Santa Clara, Stanford, USF, Saint Mary's College, UC Davis and Cal Poly.

WAC NEWCOMERS
Dallas Baptist, UTSA, UT Arlington, Texas State, Seattle University and CSU Bakersfield are all new members of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) for the 2013 season. Dallas Baptist, winner of two games at the 2012 Waco Regional, comes in as the favorite in the WAC Coaches' Poll receiving eight first place votes. UT Arlington also appeared in the Waco Regional last season. They were 0-2 including a loss to Dallas Baptist, 10-0.

LOCAL RIVALS BECOME TEAMMATES
The 2013 Spartans have six San Jose, Calif., natives from five different and very competitive high schools: Sheldon Daquioag (Silver Creek HS), Will Hein (Pioneer HS), Johnny Melero (Archbishop Mitty HS), Jon Nelson (Saint Francis HS), Mitch Ravizza (Willow Glen HS), Mike Simonini (Pioneer HS).

PROMOTIONS
This season Spartan baseball fans can experience a number of different fun promotions and activities during every Sunday home game. "Sunday Funday" will feature live National Anthem performances, in-game giveaways and postgame autograph sessions with the players. The promotions department is now taking signups for little league and pony league teams to take the field with the Spartans during the anthem, and also for friends and family to throw out a ceremonial first pitch. To sign up, contact the promotions department at (408) 924-1478.