MAY 10-12, 2013
JOHN SMITH STADIUM, SACRAMENTO, CALIF.
FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2013 3:00 P.M.
LHP DAVID WAYNE RUSSO (4-7, 6.35) vs. RHP BRENNEN LEITAO (7-2, 2.57)
SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2013 1:00 P.M.
RHP D.J. SLATON (3-6, 4.46) vs. RHP TY NICHOLS (4-5, 3.75)
SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2013 12:00 P.M.
TBA vs. TANNER MENDONCA (2-4, 5.13)
LAST MEETING/ALL-TIME SERIES
The last time these two met, Sacramento State took two out of three games from San Jose State at Municipal Stadium in San Jose, Calif., on April 27-29, 2012. The Hornets won the first two games 7-2 and 8-3, but the Spartans edged out game three 8-7. San Jose State is 31-28 all-time against Sac State. In the last 10 seasons the Spartans are 17-14 against the Hornets and 10-8 in games played in Sacramento.
SCOUTING SAN JOSE STATE
San Jose State (14-34, 8-13 WAC) has lost six games in a row and nine of the last 10. The Spartans are coming off of being swept on the road by New Mexico State and a Tuesday night 5-2 loss to #22-Cal Poly. They were outscored 34-6 in the NMSU series. The pitching staff ERA is up to 6.39 which is last among WAC teams. Despite the droubt in Las Cruces, SJSU is batting .288 for the year and .307 in WAC play. They lead the league in total hits during WAC play with 227.
SCOUTING SACRAMENTO STATE
Sacramento State (30-19, 12-9 WAC) is fourth in the WAC standings, two games out of first place. The Hornets took two out of three games in their most recent WAC series against Seattle U. The teams is batting .276 for the year with Chris Lewis leading the team individually at .349. Nathan Lukes is also hitting .316 in 49 games this year. Sac State pitching has a 3.54 ERA this season, second-best in the conference. Sutter McLoughlin has been solid as the closer all year long, leading the WAC with 15 saves.
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 this weekend will be simulcast on KSJS and The Gold Zone. Jon Wold will have the call Friday before Jess Knaster takes the call for Saturday and Sunday.
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 for Spartan home games can look forward to all kinds of fun activities including “Sunday Funday” and the battle for a Sonoma Chicken Coop foul ball. 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!
LUND ROPES FIRST HOMER AS A SPARTAN
Catcher Dane Lund hit a one-out solo shot in the fourth inning against New Mexico State on May 5 for his first home run in a Spartan uniform.
PEAKS & VALLIES OF FIELDING
San Jose State’s .974 fielding percentage this season ranks them second among team in the WAC. However, a .964 mark during WAC games ranks them last in the league of 10.
CARROLL A TOP-10 WAC HITTER
Matt Carroll’s .347 average is seventh-best individually in the conference and 14 doubles makes him tied for fourth in that category.
HITTING FOR AVERAGE
The Spartans’ .291 batting average after 47 games is third best among WAC teams. During conference play SJSU is leading the league with 227 hits and a .307 average ranks them third.
San Jose State is the leader in the conference this year with 43 sacrifice bunts. That’s 11 more bunts executed than second-place Texas State.
SJSU batters have been hit 62 times this season, three shy of the league lead.
Not only is SJSU the toughest team in the WAC to strikeout this year at 5.23 per game, but they are one of three teams averaging double-digit hit totals per game.
VALDEZ WON’T GO DOWN EASY
Second baseman Jacob Valdez is the hardest hitter in the WAC to strike out. He averages 0.21 per game.
Spartans pitching has thrown 47 wild pitches (2nd in WAC) and hit 60 batters (T-2 in WAC) this season. Daniel Chavez has hit 14 batters in 28.2 innings and is second among all WAC pitchers in that category.
LOOK AT THE DEPENDABILITY ON THAT ONE
Andre Mercruio has started in center field every single game this season. He has 222 plate appearances which is seven shy of the league’s lead, and is fourth with 195 at bats. He leads the Spartans with 65 hits and has a .323 batting average.
WAC HITTING STILL BRIGHT
San Jose State still leads the WAC with 227 hits. Andre Mercurio is third individually with 33 hits. Ricky Acosta, with a .363 average, joins Mercurio in the top-10 during WAC play. Acosta is also tied for the league lead with three triples.
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.
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).