Baseball Travels To UC Davis & #10-Arizona

After a 22-4 loss to UC Davis on February 20, San Jose State quickly turns around to face #10-Arizona on the road in Tucson, Ariz. The weekend three-game series at Hi Corbett Field runs February 22-24. First pitch for Friday is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. MST.

Games #5-7

AT #10 ARIZONA (4-1)
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 6:00 P.M.
HI CORBETT FIELD
TUCSON, ARIZ.
LHP Johnny Melero (0-0, 8.31)
vs.
RHP Konnor Wade (1-0, 0.00)

AT #10 ARIZONA (4-1)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 4:00 P.M.
HI CORBETT FIELD
TUCSON, ARIZ.
LHP David Wayne Russo (1-0, 0.00)
vs.
RHP James Farris (1-0, 1.12)

AT #10 ARIZONA (4-1)
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 12:00 P.M.
HI CORBETT FIELD
TUCSON, ARIZ.
RHP D.J. Slaton (0-0, 1.80)
vs.
RHP Stephen Manthei (0-0, 7.71)


RADIO COVERAGE
90.5 FM KSJS and The GoldZone on www.sjsuspartans.com is the radio broadcast home for San Jose State baseball. There will be no radio coverage for the Arizona series.

VIDEO FEED
A live feed of all three games between the Spartans and Wildcats will be provided free of charge on the Pac-12 website. Copy this link into the URL to view the games: http://pac12.com/live/arizonawildcats2.aspx

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.

SCOUTING SAN JOSE STATE
San Jose State picked up their first win under head coach Dave Nakama on Opening Day with a 6-4 result against Pacific. The Spartans won two out of three games against the Tigers behind some quality pitching and balanced hitting. Starter David Wayne Russo (SR, LHP, Monterey, Calif.) scattered four hits and gave up no runs in 6.0 innings earning his first win. Kyle Hassna (SR, RHP, Tracy, Calif.) earned a win with his career-high 4.2 innings out of the bullpen in the season opener, giving up only two hits. Five Spartans registered three or more hits in the Pacific series. Jacob Valdez (JR, INF, Tracy, Calif.), Andre Mercurio (SO, OF, San Mateo, Calif.) and Michael Gerlach (SR, OF, Monterey, Calif.) all crossed home plate three times against the Tigers.

SCOUTING ARIZONA
The Wildcats enter 2013 as the defending NCAA Division I National Champions. The national leader in hits a year ago made its 16th college world series appearance, sixth most of any program. The team picked up this season right where it left off last year, by beating Coppin State three games in a row. The Wildcats extended their win streak to 14 games dating back to last season. Starting pitchers Konner Wade and James Farris pitched a combined 14.1 innings giving up three hits and just one run in the first two games for Arizona. The reigning Pac-12 Champions produced double-digit hits and runs in each of the first three games to start the year. The Wildcats are led by 2012 National Coach of the Year Andy Lopez in his 12th season.

SERIES HISTORY
San Jose State is 1-0-1 all-time against Arizona. This will be the first ever three-game set between the two programs.

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).
 
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 is in the middle of a stretch with nine out of ten games being played on the road. The Spartans will play 12 out-of-state games this season, the most since the 2007 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 features games against local non-conference opponents such as Santa Clara, Stanford, USF, Saint Mary's College, UC Davis and Cal Poly.

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.

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).