Baseball At USF; Rolls On With WAC Play At NMSU

GAMES 44-47   AT SAN FRANCISCO (25-19)
TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2013, 3:00 P.M.
BENEDETTI DIAMOND, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. RHP Willy Reel (0-0, 3.60)
vs.
LHP Thomas Cox (1-1, 4.71)   AT NEW MEXICO STATE (24-21, 9-9 WAC)
MAY 3-5
PRESLEY ASKEW FIELD, LAS CRUCES, N.M. FRIDAY MAY 3, 6:05 P.M. MST
RHP Adam Mott (5-4, 4.80)
vs.
LHP David Wayne Russo (4-6, 5.37)   SATURDAY, MAY 4, 6:05 P.M. MST
LHP Ryan Beck (6-3, 5.69)
vs.
RHP D.J. Slaton (3-5, 4.24)   SUNDAY, MAY 5, 12:05 P.M.
RHP Casey Collins (4-4, 6.05)
vs.
TBA

RADIO COVERAGE
KSJS 90.5 FM and The Gold Zone on www.sjsuspartans.com are the radio broadcast homes for San Jose State baseball. Tuesday night’s game at USF will be broadcast live on both KSJS 90.5 FM and The Gold Zone with Jon Wold on the call.

LIVE STATS
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
San Jose State is 14-29 overall with an 8-10 record in Western Athletic Conference play. Seattle U came into town last weekend and took two out of three games which knocked SJSU back into eighth place in the WAC standing with three series remaining. While the team can be found near the top in multiple hitting catagories, the pitching continues to be the Achilles heel for San Jose State. The staff carries a 6.20 ERA in 43 games this year. Last Weekend however, starter D.J. Slaton had one of his best outings in a 7-1 Spartan victory over Seattle U. He scattered six hits over seven innings giving up one earned run while striking out four. A couple of Spartans are streaking at the plate: Sheldon Daquioag is riding a 13-gamer and Andre Mercurio has enjoyed the move into the two-whole with an eight game hitting streak.

LAST MEETING/SERIES HISTORY
The Dons came into Municipal Stadium and outdueled the Spartans for a 2-1 victory on February 26. The game was decided in the eighth inning when USF pushed a run across on reliever Kyle Hassna. Counting that game, San Jose State is 12-11 in the last 10 seasons against the Dons. They are 6-3 during that span in games on the road versus USF. The all-time series is in favor of San Jose State, 92-56-1.
 
SCOUTING USF
The USF Dons enter Tuesday’s game against the Spartans having a 25-19 overall record. They are fresh off a victory on the road over San Diego State on Monday night. Tuesday’s game will be played at Benedetti Diamond where the Dons are 7-9 this season. Zachary Turner leads the hitters with a .345 batting average in 42 games. He also has a team-leading 44 RBI. As a team USF bats .252, while the pitching staff carries a 3.45 ERA.

WAC UPDATE
After losing two of three to Seattle U last weekend San Jose State fell back one spot into eighth place. The Spartans hold half a half game lead over ninth place Seattle U heading into the seventh week of WAC competition. CSU Bakersfield and UT Arlington are tied at the top of the standings with a 12-6 record in WAC games. The middle of the standings is packed tightly with spots five through eight separated by just one game. The top eight teams at the end of the regular season will advance to the WAC Championship tournament in Grand Prairie, Texas on May 22-26.

STREAKING SPARTANS
Third baseman/catcher Sheldon Daquioag is riding a 13 game hitting streak into this week’s games. He’s 16-for-49 (.327) during the stretch with four doubles and eight RBI. Andre Mercruio has an active streak of eight games in which he’s 13-for-34 (.382) with nine runs and four RBI.

HASSNA OWNS BEST ERA
Reliever Kyle Hassna’s 2.08 ERA is the lowest among all WAC pitchers in 2013. The right-hander has allowed 10 earned runs over 43.1 innings in 19 appearances.

LAYING IT DOWN
San Jose State is the top team in the WAC at converting a sacrifice bunt, totaling 42 for the year. Ricky Acosta, Tim Quiery and Michael Gerlach are all in the top-10 individually in successfully laying one down.

EXPECT CONTACT
Opposing pitchers this year have had a tough time striking out the Spartans this season. San Jose State leads all WAC teams averaging only 5.19 strikeouts per game.

SOLID FIELDING
San Jose State is second among WAC teams with a .977 fielding percentage this season in 1579 chances.

I DARE YA
The Spartans have caught 21 men trying to swipe a bag this season. They are tied with UTSA in first among WAC teams for runners caught stealing.

VALDEZ PUTS IT IN PLAY
Jacob Valdez leads all WAC hitters in strikeouts per game this season at an incredibly low 0.19 per game average.

WAC TEAM BATTING LEADERS
The Spartans have the best team batting average in WAC competition at .310. They have the most hits (199) and the most at bats (641).

STAY HOT RICKY ACOSTA
Shortstop Ricky Acosta has hit safely in 15 of 18 WAC games this season. He is hitting .411 during that stretch, good for second best among all WAC hitters. He has walked 13 times in WAC games helping him to his conference leading .528 on-base percentage.

CARROLL BEING SJSU’S RBI GUY
First baseman Matt Carroll leads the team in RBI with 34. He has collected 21 RBI during WAC games which ranks him third among all hitters in the league. With his help, the Spartans are tied with New Mexico State for the most RBI in the league at 112.

MERCURIO WILL SCORE
Center fielder Andre Mercurio has scored 20 times in 18 WAC games to lead all hitters in the conference. His .354 batting average in WAC games is 15th among all hitters.

EVERYBODY HITS
San Jose State has recorded double-digit hits as a team in the 11 of the last 13 games. They lead all teams in conference play averaging 11.06 hits per game.

LOOK OUT!
San Jose State pitching leads the WAC with 23 wild pitches in 18 conference games. Daniel Chavez is tied at the top of WAC pitching in all 2013 games for hitting 14 batters in 26 innings pitched.

PROMOTIONS
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!