After five in a row on the road, San Jose State baseball returns home for a Tuesday night matchup against Bay Area rival, University of San Francisco (USF). The Spartans (2-5) are on a current five-game losing streak that includes losses to Pacific, UC Davis and #10-ranked Arizona. USF (3-5) comes in Tuesday night at 6 p.m. after splitting a four-game series at UC Santa Barbara last weekend. Following Tuesday night's game, San Jose State will hit the road again to play a three-game set against UCSB (4-3) on March 1-3. The series in Santa Barbara, Calif., is part of a heavy road stretch for the Spartans, with nine of 10 games played away from Municipal Stadium.
VS. SAN FRANCISCO (3-5)
Tuesday, February 26, 6:00 P.M.
San Jose, Calif.
RHP Jason Kafka (0-0, 14.73) vs Andrew Pulido (0-0, 1.59)
AT UC SANTA BARBARA (4-3)
Friday, March 1, 2:00 P.M.
Saturday, March 2, 1:00 PM
Sunday March 3, 1:00 PM
Caesar Uyesaka Stadium
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Pitching matchups to be determined
90.5 FM KSJS and The GoldZone on www.sjsuspartans.com is the radio broadcast home for San Jose State baseball. Tuesday night's game versus USF will be broadcast live on The GoldZone with Jon Wold and Justin Allegri on the call. KSJS 90.5 FM will broadcast all three games over the weekend (3/1-3/13) on the road at UC Santa Barbara. Jess Knaster will be on the call. Fans can also access KSJS radio via live streaming on www.ksjs.org.
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.
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. Finally, don't forget, little leaguers who show up in their baseball uniforms get into the game for just $1!
SCOUTING SAN JOSE STATE
After winning the first two games to open 2013, the Spartans have dropped five straight for a 2-5 record. All five losses came on the road including three to defending national champion and #10-ranked Arizona. Designated hitter Tim Quiery (SR, OF/DH, San Mateo, Calif., Serra HS) brings a hot bat into Tuesday night's game versus San Francisco. He was 8-for-11 in the three-game set at Arizona. Reliever Kyle Hassna (SR, RHP, Tracy, Calif., Delta College) has yet to allow an earned run in 7.2 innings of work this season. Jason Kafka (SR, RHP, Chicago, Ill., Saint Rita of Cascia HS) will make the first start of his career as a Spartan on Tuesday.
The University of San Francisco (USF) Dons are coming off of a four-game split on the road at UC Santa Barbara. They are 3-5 overall in 2013 and 2-2 on the road. Catcher Zachary Turner (JR, San Mateo, Calif., Serra HS) is leading the Dons in hits (14), batting average (.438) and RBI (9) this season. Dating back to 2002, USF is 8-6 at Municipal Stadium in San Jose, Calif., and 10-14 overall. Andrew Pulido (0-0, 1.59) will make his first start in 2013 for the Dons. He has pitched 5.2 innings in relief this season striking out five batters and allowing one earned run. Pulido made four starts in 2012 and went 2-2.
The UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) Gauchos head into the week with a 4-3 record and are 2-2 at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. The Gauchos are coming off of a four-game split with USF. This weekend's series against San Jose State will be part of the season-long nine-game home stand to start the 2013 season for the Gauchos, who carry a 3.34 team ERA. While the Spartans are hosting USF on Tuesday night, UCSB will be hosting #2-ranked UCLA for a single game. UCSB was 28-28 overall in 2012 and swept the Spartans in a three-game series at Municipal stadium (2/24-26/12). San Jose State is 14-15 overall in the last 10 seasons against UCSB and 8-4 in that span at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Spartan designated hitter Tim Quiery (SR, OF/DH, San Mateo, Calif., Serra HS) went 8-for-11 (.727) with four RBI and scored three runs in the three-game series at Arizona. He had the game-tying single in the fifth inning of a nail biter against the Wildcats on Friday night. Quiery finished the week 4-5 with runners in scoring position and swiped two bags.
MIX & MATCH
First-year head coach Dave Nakama has put out five different starting lineups in seven games so far in 2013.
MAKING THE MOST OF IT
Catcher Sheldon Daquioag (JR, C, San Jose, Calif., West Valley College) and infielder Willy Reel (JR, INF, Seattle, Wash., Bellevue College) both came off the bench and collected hits in their first career at bats with San Jose State on February 23 at #10-Arizona. Reel singled and then came around to score when Daquioag stepped up and hit a double into the gap. Daquioag doubled a second time later in the game.
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).
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.
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. The schedule features games against local non-conference opponents such as Santa Clara, Stanford, USF, Saint Mary's College, UC Davis and Cal Poly.
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).