SPARTANS HOST CAL; LAUNCH INTO WAC PLAY
San Jose State baseball plays one game on Wednesday at home versus California before opening up Western Athletic Conference play against Dallas Baptist. A single nonconference game against UC Davis on Monday March 25 will conclude a season-long nine-game home stand for the Spartans.
VS. CALIFORNIA (13-7, 3-0 PAC-12)
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2:30 P.M.
VS. DALLAS BAPTIST (11-9, 0-0 WAC)
FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 6:00 P.M.
SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 1:00 P.M.
SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 12:00 P.M.
VS. UC DAVIS (8-12, 0-0 BIG WEST)
MONDAY, MARCH 25, 6:00 P.M.
90.5 FM KSJS and The Gold Zone on www.sjsuspartans.com are the radio broadcast homes for San Jose State baseball. KSJS 90.5 FM will broadcast Wednesday's Cal game, Saturday versus Dallas Baptist and Monday's tilt with UC Davis. The KSJS crew of broadcasters includes Jonathan Wold, Jess Knaster, Erik Oas and Alex Scott. The Gold Zone will broadcast the games on Friday and Sunday with Erok Oas, Justin Allegri, Jonathan Wold and Lewis Geist on the call.
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.
Fans coming out to Municipal Stadium this weekend can look forward to the third "Sunday Funday" of the season. Baseball Bingo, postgame autographs and field run, plus in-game promotions sponsored by Poorhouse Bistro are all on the block for Sunday's game beginning at 12:00 p.m. Don't forget, kids 12 and under get in for free on Sunday Funday!
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 any game for just $1!
SCOUTING SAN JOSE STATE
The Spartans are 5-15 overall and have lost five of the last six games. Most recently, San Jose State dropped three out of four games in a home series with Nicholls State (3/15-17). The Spartans registered 36 hits in the series but only scored six runs. Matt Carroll's walk-off blast in the bottom of the 11th inning of the series opener against the Colonels was the first home run of his career and the first of the season for the team. The 3-2 result gave San Jose State its first win in extra innings and in one-run ballgames for the season.
Sheldon Daquioag has proven to be the Spartans' hottest hitter this season. He is batting .447 in 10 games and 38 at bats. Carroll has also been seeing the ball well and moved into the top-five in WAC individual batting average last week at .358. Despite the team's 5.66 ERA, reliever Kyle Hassna is 2-3 with an 1.19 ERA in 22.2 innings of work.
San Jose State's game on Wednesday is the last chance to tune up before WAC play begins on Friday. The Spartans welcome in Dallas Baptist for the WAC series opener and first ever meeting between the teams.
The California Golden Bears ride into Wednesday night's game with a 13-7 overall record, and are winners of eight in a row. The streak includes series sweeps of Fresno State and Pac-12 foe Utah. Devon Rodriguez has started in all 20 games for Cal and leads the team in batting average (.372), hits (29) and RBI (18). The Bears are a perfect 7-0 at home, but have a 6-7 record in games away from Evans Diamond. San Jose State is 30-46-1 all-time against California. The two teams meet Wednesday for the first time since 2007 when the Bears edged the Spartans 7-6 in 11 innings. The last meeting between the team at Municipal Stadium resulted in a 9-8 win for San Jose State.
SCOUTING DALLAS BAPTIST
Dallas Baptist enters the week with an 11-9 overall record and winners in seven of the last nine games. Built around the offense, the Patriots have a Western Athletic Conference best 8.05 runs per game. 15 home runs and 48 doubles have Dallas Baptist at the top of the conference in team slugging percentage at .462. Duncan McAlpine has four home runs and is the WAC's current individual leader in slugging percentage at .712. Jaime Garrido's .404 batting average in 52 at bats is third in the WAC.
The Patriots pitching staff carries a 5.18 ERA heading into the week. Starters Cy Sneed (2-0, 3.14) and Jake Johanson (2-2, 4.18) are the ERA leaders on the team. Only San Jose State has a higher team ERA (5.66) to date in the WAC.
A year ago the Patriots were an NCAA Waco Regional qualifier with a 41-19 record. They defeated UT Arlington and Oral Roberts University in the regional before getting gknocked out by two straight losses to Baylor.
SCOUTING UC DAVIS
UC Davis is 8-12 this season and 2-4 on the road. One of the wins came on February 20 against San Jose State at home in a lopsided 22-4 game. Most recently, the Aggies dropped two out of three on the road at Seattle University 3/15-17. Nick Lynch leads the team with a .358 batting average. Paul Politi is batting .329 for UC Davis and leads the squad with 17 RBI. The Aggies have a 5.59 team ERA this season.
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.
The Spartans are in the middle of a season-long nine-game home stand, with four down and five to go. After the opening WAC series this weekend with Dallas Baptist, San Jose State heads to San Antonio, Texas to face UTSA in a three-game set on March 28-30.
SPARTANS BOUNCE ON CARROLL'S HOMER
San Jose State was a walk-off winner against Nicholls State on March 15 thanks to Matt Carroll's first-career home run, a solo bomb over the left field wall in the bottom of the 11th inning. The hit put the Spartans on the winning side of an extra inning game for the first time in three tries this season.
MELERO & HASSNA ACHIEVE CAREER HIGHS TOGETHER
Friday starter Johnny Melero struck out a career high eight batters in 7.1 innings of work against Nicholls State on March 15. In the eighth inning Melero turned things over to Kyle Hassna who went on to achieve his career high in strikeouts with 7. Hassna got his in 3.2 innings of relief work and was awarded the win when Matt Carroll blasted one over the fence for a walk-off homer in the 11th.
San Jose State has a WAC leading .984 fielding percentage heading into this week's action. The defense made eight errors in the first six games of the season, and then went 11 of the next 14 games without a mistake.
MIX & MATCH
San Jose State has had four different starting third basemen and three different starting catchers this season. At least two Spartans have gotten the starting nod in left and right field and first base.
Sheldon Daquioag is tearing the cover off the ball right now with a team-leading .447 batting average. He had a season and team-high nine-game hitting streak going before it was snapped on Sunday against Nicholls State. Daquioag has lined up as both a starting third baseman and catcher this season.
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.
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).
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).