SAN JOSE STATE CONTINUES WAC PLAY AT UTSA
San Jose State continues WAC action this week with three games on the road at UTSA March 28-30. Like the Spartans, UTSA dropped two out of three in their opening WAC series against UT Arlington. The Spartans are coming off of a 9-2 loss to UC Davis on Monday while UTSA defeated Baylor 5-3 on Tuesday night. It will be the first meeting between San Jose State and UTSA.
AT UTSA (15-10, 1-2 WAC)
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 6:00 P.M. CST
LHP David Wayne Russo (2-3, 2.94)
LHP Michael Kraft (1-2, 2.63)
FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 6:00 P.M. CST
RHP D.J. Slaton (1-4, 4.00)
RHP Brock Hartson (2-3, 3.58)
SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 1:00 P.M. CST
TBA vs. TBA
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90.5 FM KSJS and The Gold Zone on www.sjsuspartans.com are the radio broadcast homes for San Jose State baseball. This week’s games against UTSA will be broadcast live over the internet on www.goutsa.com.
The Roadrunners are 15-10 overall and 1-2 in Western Athletic Conference play. They dropped two of three to UT Arlington at home in their opening WAC series. UTSA is the current WAC leader in team batting average at .319. They have five hitters with an average above .300 in at least 70 at bats this season. The Roadrunners have 15 home runs as a team this year with RJ Perucki leading the team with six. Jordan Pacheco leads the pitching staff in wins with a perfect 6-0 record in 12 appearances and only one start. Thursday’s starter Michael Kraft is the staff ERA leader at 2.63 in 27.1 innings over six starts.
SCOUTING SAN JOSE STATE
San Jose State heads into UTSA this week with a 2-9 record on the road. The Spartans just went 3-6 in a stretch of nine home games in a row. On March 23 San Jose State picked up its first Western Athletic Conference victory, defeating Dallas Baptist 8-1. Third baseman/catcher Sheldon Daquioag’s .396 batting average leads the team in games through March 25. First baseman Matt Carroll is a close second at .347. The pitching rotation for the Spartans has been relatively consistent with Johnny Melero, David Wayne Russo and D.J. Slaton as the top-three starters. Jason Kafka and Daniel Chavez are also in the starting rotation mix throwing midweek games and making a few weekend starts. The team has showed some disciplined defense this year and has a WAC-leading .982 fielding percentage to show for it.
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.
With a nine-game home stand now over, San Jose State heads on the road for three Western Athletic Conference games against the UTSA Roadrunners March 28-30. They play a single game at Saint Mary’s College on April 3 before returning home for a three-game set with WAC foe Louisiana Tech on April 5-7.
San Jose State first baseman Matt Carroll has five hits and five RBI in the last three games combined. He racked up a career-high four RBI in an 8-1 win versus Dallas Baptist on 3/23/13.
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 .982 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 three Spartans have gotten the starting nod in left field while two have started in right field and at first base.
DAQUIOAG SETS BATTING PACE
Sheldon Daquioag continues to lead the team with a .396 batting average this season. After recording an RBI-double in his first at bat this season, he went for a nine-game hitting streak. The West Valley College transfer has a hit in 12 of his 15 games played in 2013.
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.
Fans coming out to Municipal Stadium for Spartan home games can look forward to fun activities like Sunday Funday, baseball Bingo, postgame autographs and field run, plus in-game promotions sponsored by Poorhouse Bistro. 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!
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).