SPARTANS VISIT GAELS FOR ONE; HOST LOUISIANA TECH IN WEEKEND SERIES
Spartan baseball will try to keep the bats hot in a single-game at Saint Mary’s College on Wednesday April 3 and then against Western Athletic Conference (WAC) foe Louisiana Tech April 5-7. San Jose State is coming off of a series against UTSA where it pounded out 43 hits and three home runs. They’ll be looking for more of the same in conference play this weekend at Municipal Stadium against Louisiana Tech.
VS. SAINT MARY’S COLLEGE (8-20, 2-4 WCC)
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 3:00 P.M.
James Glawe (0-0, 2.61) vs. Kelsey Outram (1-3, 4.94)
VS. LOUISIANA TECH (11-19, 1-5 WAC)
FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 6:00 P.M.
SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 1:00 P.M.
SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 1:00 P.M.
KSJS 90.5 FM and The Gold Zone on www.sjsuspartans.com are the radio broadcast homes for San Jose State baseball. All three games against Louisiana tech on April 5-7 will be broadcast live on KSJS 90.5 FM with their crew of broadcasters: Jon Wold, Jess Knaster, Alex Scott, Erik Oas and Lewis Geist on the call. There will be no broadcast of April 3’s game at Saint Mary’s College.
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 all kinds of fun activities including the fourth “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 1:00 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
San Jose State enters this week fifth in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) standings at 3-3 and 9-19 overall. Most recently, the Spartans had a power surge and took two out of three games from WAC foe UTSA. Matt Carroll (2), Sheldon Daquioag (1) and Nick Schulz (1) all hit home runs in the series. San Jose State banged out 43 hits, 15 of which were extra base hits, in the three-game series with the Roadrunners. A small shakeup in the pitching rotation last week made David Wayne Russo (3-3, 4.06) the No. 1 starter, D.J. Slaton (1-4, 4.76) at No. 2 and Johnny Melero (0-3, 7.02) at No. 3. Reliever Kyle Hassna has a WAC-leading 0.88 ERA in 30.2 innings of work. The senior right-hander is 2-3 on the year with one save and 25 strikeouts. Sheldon Daquioag still leads the team in batting average at .397 in 68 AB’s. In 86 trips to the plate, Matt Carroll is hitting .349 and has a team-leading nine extra base hits.
SCOUTING SAINT MARY’S COLLEGE
The Gaels are 8-20 overall and 2-4 in West Coast Conference (WCC) action this season. Six of the eight wins for Saint Mary’s have come at Louis Guisto Field in Moraga, Calif., where Wednesday’s contest will be held. The team carries a .238 batting average with senior outfielder Brenden Kalfus leading that category individually at .365. The switch-hitter from Temecula, Calif., leads the team with 31 hits and 16 walks.
Left-hander Junior Ben Griset leads the pitching staff with a 1.76 ERA in 41.0 innings of work. Griset has a 2-2 record in six starts. Senior right-hander Patrick Keane leads the team with three saves in 10 appearances.
The Gaels trail the Spartans in the all-time series 46-96 and are 6-13 versus SJSU in the last 10 seasons. Since 2003, Saint Mary’s College is 4-6 at home versus San Jose State.
SCOUTING LOUISIANA TECH
The Bulldogs will enter this weekend’s series with a 11-19 overall record and at the bottom of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) standings with a 1-5 mark. The bulldogs were just swept at home by UT Arlington in their second WAC series of the season. La Tech opened WAC play by dropping two out of three to Seattle U.
The Bulldogs have a WAC low .241 team batting average. Junior infielder Ryan Gebhardt leads the team individually with a .294 batting average in 109 AB’s. He also leads the team with 16 RBI and 41 total bases.
The pitching staff ERA is second in the WAC at 3.79. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Phil Matson has team-leading 2.22 ERA in 44.2 innings this season. Matson is 4-2 in eight appearances with seven starts and averages 1.15 strikeouts per inning. The Bulldogs are 20-32 against SJSU all-time and 20-25 in the last ten seasons. The Spartans are 19-5 against La Tech in games played in San Jose, Calif.
Matt Carroll has a hit in six straight games and in 13 of the last 16. Last weekend at UTSA the 6-foot-6 junior first baseman collected nine RBI and scored three runs. He is batting .349 for the season with two home runs, 25 RBI and 11 runs scored.
SPARTANS HITTING WELL
San Jose State registered 43 hits during the three-game series at USTA on March 28-30. 15 of those were extra base hits and the Spartans saw home runs from Matt Carroll (2), Nick Schulz (1) and Sheldon Daquioag (1). The Spartans have registered double-digit hits as a team in five of the last seven games.
HASSNA LOWERS WAC BEST ERA
Senior reliever Kyle Hassna has not allowed a run in his last six appearances over 12.1 innings. His WAC-leading ERA has lowered in that span from 1.19 to 0.88. Hassna has only allowed three earned runs all season long.
In the search for a consistent lineup, some Spartans have seen playing time all over the diamond. Michael Gerlach, Tim Quiery and Matt Lopez have all made starts in left field. Sheldon Daquioag has had success as the starting catcher and third baseman. Willy Reel and Kalei Contrades have both served as relief pitchers and starting third basemen. On the other hand, Ricky Acosta and Jacob Valdez have started every single game at short and second respectively. Andre Mercurio is another who has started every game in the same position, center field.
Now at 3-3 in Western Athletic Conference (WAC) play, the Spartans have a chance to come out of the La Tech series with a winning record. Currently fifth in the WAC standings, San Jose State trails UT Arlington and Texas State by 2.0 games. After hosting the Bulldogs this weekend, the Spartans travel to Arlington, Texas to face the Mavericks.
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.
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.
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).