SPARTANS HOST STANFORD; CONTINUE WAC PLAY AT UT ARLINGTON
This week San Jose State hosts Stanford on Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. and then hits the road to face WAC leader UT Arlington for a three-game set.
GAME #1 6:30 P.M. CST
LHP David Wayne Russo (3-4, 4.53)
RHP Brad Vachon (3-2, 2.30)
GAME #2 2:00 P.M. CST
RHP D.J. Slaton (2-4, 4.43)
RHP Zach Thompson (3-2, 5.05)
GAME #3 1:00 P.M. CST
LHP Chase Weaver (2-0, 3.06)
KSJS 90.5 FM and The Gold Zone on www.sjsuspartans.com are the radio broadcast homes for San Jose State baseball. Justin Allegri and Alex Scott will have the call for Tuesday night’s game against Stanford with pregame beginning at 5:45 p.m. PST on both KSJS 90.5 FM and The Gold Zone. The UT Arlington series will be broadcast on KSJS Radio only with Jess Knaster 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.
SCOUTING SAN JOSE STATE
Coming off of last Sunday’s exciting 12-8 win over Louisiana Tech, San Jose State heads into this week sixth in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) standings at 5-4. The Spartans have now won two WAC series in a row and will try for a third against UT Arlington.
Matt Carroll has been seeing the ball extremely well with hits in nine of the last 10 games during which he’s hitting .419. Shortstop Ricky Acosta will try to extend his active career-long hitting streak currently at eight.
The Spartans regained their position at the top of the conference in fielding percentage at .982. The pitching staff currently has a 5.67 ERA and reliever Kyle Hassna leads the team and the WAC with his 1.30 mark.
Stanford enters Tuesday’s contest at 16-10 overall and 6-4 in the Pac-12 Conference. Most recently they won two out of three games on the road at USC. The Cardinal registered a season-high in hits (17) and runs (10) in the April 6 win over the Trojans.
Austin Slater leads the team in batting average at .323 and RBI with 17. Stanford is hitting .262 as a team in 2013. Mark Appel leads the pitching staff that carries a 2.60 ERA. Appel is 5-2 this year and is one of three pitchers with an ERA under two at 1.13.
SCOUTING UT ARLINGTON
The UT Arlington Mavericks at 6-3 are tied at the top of the Western Athletic Conference with CSU Bakersfield. They are 16-14 overall with a midweek game at Baylor coming up before the series with San Jose State. The Mavericks are 10-7 at home this year at Clay Gould Ballpark.
Most recently, the Mavericks dropped two of three games to CSU Bakersfield at home. Their other WAC results include a sweep of Louisiana Tech and two wins out of three at UTSA.
Junior outfielder Matt Shortall is tops on the team and third in the WAC with is .381 batting average. He is one of three UTA hitters with at least 79 at bats and an average over .300, and the team is sixth in the WAC at .283.
The pitching staff carries a 4.40 ERA, good for fourth in the conference. Brad Vachon is sixth in the WAC with a 2.30 ERA in 54.2 innings pitched. Four different Maverick pitchers have recorded a save this season.
After taking two out of three from Louisiana Tech last weekend San Jose State is 5-4 in Western Athletic Conference play. They have won two series in a row beating UTSA twice two weeks ago. The Spartans in sixth place, 1.0 game behind first-place UT Arlington where they will travel to next on April 12-14.
San Jose State definitely had a little two-out magic during Sunday’s win over Louisiana Tech as all 12 runs scored came with two out. The Spartans put six “tough ones” as head coach Dave Nakama likes to call them in the fourth inning alone on Sunday.
GERLACH BLASTS FIRST-CAREER HOMER
Michael Gerlach hit a three-run jack for his first-career home run on April 7 in a 12-8 victory. The junior from Carmel Valley, Calif., gave the Spartans a two run lead with his shot over the left field fence in a pivotal Western Athletic Conference win over Louisiana Tech.
First baseman Matt Carroll has hit safely in nine of the last 10 games including six multi-hit performances and is 18-for-43 (.419) during the stretch.
SPARTANS HITTING WELL
The Spartans have reached double-digit hit totals in eight of the last 11 games including a season-high 17 in a 12-8 win over Louisiana Tech on April 7.
ORDER MATTERS NOT TO RICKY ACOSTA
Shortstop Ricky Acosta is currently on a career-long eight-game hitting streak during which he has batted in three different spots in the San Jose State order.
NAKAMA FACING FAMILIAR TEAM
Dave Nakama spent 10 seasons as the assistant coach at Stanford (1997-98, 2002-09). During that span 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).
HASSNA BACK ON TOP
Reliever Kyle Hassna finds himself back on top of the list for best WAC ERA at 1.30. In his latest outing he threw 3.0 innings of shutout ball in a win over Louisiana Tech on April 6.
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.
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).
Fans coming out to Municipal Stadium for Spartan home games can look forward to all kinds of fun activities including the “Sunday Funday”. Baseball Bingo, postgame autographs and field run, plus in-game promotions sponsored by Poorhouse Bistro are all on the block for Sunday home games. 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!