This Week in WAC Baseball - April 25
NEVADA’S KLEIN AND SACRAMENTO STATE’S CHADWICK NAMED VERIZON WAC BASEBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Nevada outfielder Brooks Klein and Sacramento State pitcher Dallas Chadwick have been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for April 16-22.
Klein, a junior from Blue Diamond, Nev. (Western Nevada College), hit .353 (6-for-17) with five runs scored, nine RBI, two doubles, a triple and two home runs starting all four games in right field. His on-base percentage was .333 with a slugging percentage of .941. In Tuesday’s game with San Francisco, he was 1-for-5 with the lone hit being a grand slam. After going hitless in game one at Sacramento State, he had multi hits in the final two games. Saturday, Klein was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, two RBI and both hits were doubles. Sunday, he went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI. His second hit of the day was a two-run homer and the third hit was an RBI triple, helping the Pack to a win in the series finale.
Chadwick, a sophomore from Redding, Calif. (Shasta HS), combined with two other Hornet pitchers to tally the Hornets’ fourth shutout of the year in a 2-0 victory over Nevada Friday afternoon. Making only his second start since missing a month due to injury, Chadwick was in command all game as he tallied eight strikeouts without giving up a walk. He did not allow a runner past second base in seven innings of work, his longest outing of the season.
The other hitter of the week nominations: Fresno State sophomore left fielder Aaron Judge … Hawai‘i freshman second baseman Stephen Ventimilia … Louisiana Tech senior infielder Alex Williams … New Mexico State junior third baseman Robert Lecount … Sacramento State junior infielder Andrew Ayers … San Jose State junior outfielder Michael Gerlach …
The other pitcher of the week nominations: Fresno State senior Taylor Garrison … Hawai‘i sophomore Jarrett Arakawa … Louisiana Tech freshman Phil Maton … Nevada junior Tom Jameson … New Mexico State junior Michael Ormseth … San Jose State junior Zack Jones.
NEW MEXICO STATE REMAINS IN NATIONAL BASEBALL POLLS
New Mexico State is ranked in at least one poll for the fourth consecutive week. NM State is currently No. 25 in the Baseball America and in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper polls. The Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll is the oldest college baseballpoll. Its birth took place during the 1957 college baseball season. This season marks the first since 2009 that the Aggies have been ranked. If the USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 coaches’ baseball poll continued, the Aggies would be ranked No. 28, just behind historical baseball powerhouses such as Georgia, Sam Houston State, Virginia and Texas. NM State makes its debut appearnace in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Top-30 Poll, entering the poll at No. 29 this week.
WAC TEAMS AMONG NATIONAL STAT LEADERS
Teams from the WAC rank in the top-10 nationally in 13 different statistical team categories. Individually, WAC players rank in the top-10 in six categories. As a team, New Mexico State leads the nation in four statistical categories, including scoring (9.4), runs (385), walks (271) and on base percentage (0.438). Individually, New Mexico State’s Tanner Waite leads the nation with 52 walks this season.
WAC RPI CONTINUES TO RISE, UP TWO SPOTS THIS WEEK
According to WarrenNolan.com, the WAC’s league RPI comes in a No. 9 this week, up two spots from last week. The WAC is sandwiched between the Missouri Valley Conference at No. 8 and the Atlantic Sun at No. 11. New Mexico State holds the WAC’s highest team RPI at No. 20. The WAC currently has four teams with 94 or better RPI ratings.
2012 WAC TOURNAMENT RETURNS TO MESA’S HOHOKAM STADIUM
After succesful 2010 and 2011 tournaments, the WAC baseball tournament will return to Mesa, Arizona this May. The event will be played at Mesa’s Hohokam Stadium, the Chicago Cubs Spring Training home. The City of Mesa, Mesa Convention & Visitors Bureau and Phoenix Regional Sports Commission worked in tandem to secure the event for a third-straight season, which features Hawai‘i, Fresno State, Louisiana Tech, Sacramento State, Nevada, New Mexico State and San Jose State. The City of Mesa will once again host the double-elimination tournament with the winner earning the WAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The top six teams from the WAC’s regular season standings will advance to the tournament. The WAC Baseball Tournament is no stranger to the state of Arizona and the City of Mesa. The league’s championship has been played in Arizona 11 times (1963, 65, 67, 69, 71, 73, 75, 76, 78, 2010 and 2011) and the event was held in Mesa in 1971, 1973, 2010 and 2011.
WAC COACHES SETTING MILESTONE VICTORY MARKS
The WAC hosts some of the most successful coaches in NCAA history. San Jose State head coach Sam Piraro won his 800th game this past weekend. He becomes one of only 28 active head baseball coaches with 800 or more wins. Piraro is in his 25th season with San Jose State. Nevada head coach Gary Powers becomes one of only 21 acrive head baseball coaches with 900 or more victories as he picked up win No. 900 on April 17. Powers is in his 30th season with Nevada. Fresno State head coach Mike Batesole picked up his 600th career victory on April 17. Batesole is in his 17th season as a head coach.
SJSU’S PIRARO PICKS UP 800TH CAREER VICTORY
The April 14th doubleheader sweep of Fresno State brought numerous milestones to the San Jose State baseball team, though none bigger than Head Coach Sam Piraro’s 800th career victory. San Jose State defeated Fresno State 4-0 in the first game of the doubleheader, then beat them 4-3 in the nightcap. Piraro becomes the 28th active head coach in NCAA Division I baseball to earn his 800th career win, and the third this season, following Southern University (La.)’s Roger Cador and North Carolina State University’s Elliot Avent.
NEVADA’S POWERS WINS 900TH CAREER GAME
Nevada’s 10-5 victory over San Francisco on April 17 was the 900th for Wolf Pack head coach Gary Powers. All of Powers 900 wins have come in his 30 seasons directing the Nevada baseball program. His 900 victories ranks 21st among active NCAA I coaches.
FRESNO STATE’S BATESOLE TALLIES 600TH CAREER WIN
Down to its final three outs and trailing by two, the resilience of the Fresno State baseball team powered the Bulldogs to a thrilling 5-3 comeback road victory over the Cal Poly Mustangs on April 17 for head coach Mike Batesole’s 600th career win.
WAC TEAM-BY-TEAM NOTES
Fresno State Bulldogs (17-20, 1-5 WAC)
Fresno State went 2-1 last week with a pair of wins (5-3 and 3-2) over Cal Poly and an 8-1 setback to CSU Bakersfield ... Jordan Luplow led the Bulldogs at the plate batting .545 ... Luplow tallied six hits, one run, one double, one RBI and a walk ... he also had a stolen base ... Jordan Brink hit .400 (4-for-10) over the three games, tallying one RBI and a pair of walks ... Trent Garrison hit .273 with three hits, one home run, three RBI and a walk ... Cody Kendall pitched 5.1 innings in three appearances last week, allowing only five hits and no earned runs ... Gene Escat pitched 3.2 innings with six strikeouts and no runs ... Escat allowed only one hit ... this week, Fresno State returns to WAC play as the team travels to Nevada for a three-game series.
Hawai‘i Rainbows (24-16, 4-2 WAC)
Hawai‘i went 2-1 last week in a three-game series at San Jose State ... the team won the first two games of the series by scores of 6-4 and 4-1 before dropping the finale 6-4 ... Stephen Ventimilia led the Rainbows at the plate hitting .429 with six hits, one run and a pair of RBI ... Trevor Podratz hit .385 with five hits, two runs scored, one double, one home run, three RBI and a walk ... Garrett Champion hit .364 during the series with two runs, three doubles, two RBI and a walk ... Jarrett Arakawa pitched 7.2 innings in his appearance to earn a win ... Arakawa struck out two and allowed only one earned run in his outing ... this week, Hawai‘i defeated Grambling State 11-8 on Tuesday in preparation for a three-game series at LA Tech.
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (18-22, 1-8 WAC)
Louisiana Tech went 0-3 in a three-game series at New Mexico State ... the Bulldogs dropped the three games by scores of 3-2, 3-4 and 10-0 ... Alex Williams led the Bulldogs at the plate during the series hitting .600 with six hits, two runs, two doubles, one home run, an RBI and two walks ... Austin Hedges hit .400 over the three games, batting .400 with four hits and a walk ... Sam Alvis hit .375 with three hits, one run, one double, one RBI and a walk ... Phil Maton had the most impressive outing on the mound for the Bulldogs, pitching 6.0 innings with five strikeouts while allowing no runs and only four hits ... Louisiana Tech started this week with an 11-2 win at home over UALR ... the Bulldogs continue play at home against Hawai‘i for a three-game set.
Nevada Wolf Pack (22-18, 5-4 WAC)
Nevada went 2-2 last week ... the Wolf Pack defeated San Francisco 10-5 to open the week ... the team then went 1-2 in a three-game series at Sacramento State ... the Pack dropped the first two games to the Hornets by scores of 2-0 and 8-7 before winning the series finale 9-1 ... Kewby Meyer hit .500 at the plate over the four games with five hits, three runs, two triples, one home run and three RBI ... Brooks Klein was named WAC Hitter of the Week after hitting .353 with six hits, five runs, two doubles, one triple, two home runs and nine RBI ... Tom Jameson pitched 8.0 innings for a win in his outing ... Jameson allowed only one earned run ... Nevada defeated Pacific 15-4 on Tuesday ... the team now hosts Fresno State in a three-game series.
New Mexico State Aggies (30-11, 7-2 WAC)
New Mexico State went 3-1 last week ... the Aggies opened the week with an 8-7 loss at Sacramento State in a non-conference game ... the team then returned home to sweep Louisiana Tech in a three-game series by scores of 3-2, 4-3 and 10-0 ... Robert Lecount led the Aggies at the plate with a .400 average ... Lecount recorded six hits, six runs scored, two doubles, one home run, two RBI and two walks ... Tanner Waite hit .385 with five hits, three runs, one double, two RBI and seven walks ... Bryan Karraker scored seven of NMSU’s 24 runs last week ... Michael Ormseth pitched 5.0 innings without giving up a run for a win on the mound ... Ormseth tallied three strikeouts and gave up only four hits ... NM State plays a pair of games at top-five nationally ranked Baylor this week.
Sacramento State Hornets (22-19, 5-4 WAC)
Sacramento State went 4-1 last week ... the Hornets opened the week with a non-conference 8-7 win over New Mexico State at home ... Sacramento State then defeated UC Davis 8-5 on the road before returning home to take the first two games of a three games from Nevada by scores of 2-0 and 8-7 ... the Hornets dropped the finale versus Nevada 9-1 ... Andrew Ayers led the Hornets at the plate batting .500 with seven hits, two runs, one double, rive RVI and one walk ... Dallas Chadwick was named WAC Pitcher of the Week after going 7.0 innings without giving up a run ... Chadwick tallied eight strikeouts and allowed only five hits ... the Hornets play a three-game WAC series at San Jose State this week.
San Jose State Spartans (19-17, 4-2 WAC)
The Spartans went 2-2 last week ... San Jose State opened the week with a 3-2 road win at No. 10 Stanford ... the team then returned home to drop two of three games to Hawai‘i ... the Spartans lost the first two games of the series against UH by scores of 6-4 and 4-1 before winning the series finale 6-4 ... Matt Lopez hit .500 on the week with seven hits, four runs, one double, two RBI and two walks ... Michael Gerlach hit .467 with seven hits, three runs, one double, one triple, five RBI and a stolen base ... Zack Jones pitched 8.0 innings in two appearances ... Jones pitcked up a win and a save with nine strikeouts while giving up only one earned run on the week ... San Jose State started this week with a 14-5 loss to Fresno Pacific in preparation for a three-game series against Sacramento State at home.