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BASEBALL: NEVADA (16-14, 1-2) AT NEW MEXICO STATE (13-16, 3-3)

When: Tonight (6:05 p.m.), Saturday (6:05 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m.)

Where: Askew Field (1,000)

TV-Radio: None/ESPN Radio 630 AM (pre-game starts 15 minutes before first pitch)

Coaches: Nevada's Gary Powers (742-583-4) is in his 25th season; New Mexico State's Rocky Ward (217-260-1) is in his 9th season

Starting rotation: Tonight - Nevada'a Ryan Rodriguez (3-4, 2.61) vs Dylan Smith (2-0, 7.67); Saturday - Nevada's Rod Scurry (0-4, 6.94) vs. TBA; Sunday - Nevada's Kyle Howe (1-2, 4.91) vs. TBA

Probable starters: NEVADA - C Konrad Schmidt (.344, 6 HR, 27 RBI), 1B Shaun Kort (.361, HR, 24 RBI), 2B - David Ciarlo (.287, 12 RBI), SS - Chris Siewert (.273, 12 RBI), 3B - Jason Rodriguez (.296, 6 RBI), LF Matt Suleski (.404, 7 RBI) or Terry Walsh (.342, 2 HR, 8 RBI), CF Nick Sansone (.274, 11 RBI) or Jason Sadoian (.295, 4 RBI), RF Dan Eastham (.357, HR, 14 RBI) or Walsh, DH - Baker Krukow (.290, 8 RBI). NMSU - C Marcus Quade (.396, 4 HR, 28 RBI), 1B Leo Aguirre (.356, 2 HR, 22 RBI), 2B - Ryan Gibson (.309, 5 HR, 14 RBI), SS - Richard Stout (.348, HR, 13 RBI), 3B - Marcos Rosales (.292, HR, 14 RBI), LF - Tyler Hardt (.313, 3 HR, 18 RBI), CF - Joseph Scaperotta (.358, 5 HR 36 RBI), RF Cody Fielding (.217 2 RBI), DH - Adam Harvey (.292, 6 RBI).

Game notes: Nevada bashed three homers against USF on Tuesday, breaking a 14-game homerless drought ... Shaun Kort has a career-high seven-game hit streak, and he's hitting .385 in that span with six RBI. Chris Siewert has a six-game streak, and he's hitting .318 in that stretch with two RBI. Walsh and Eastham each have current five-game streaks. Eastham is hitting .478 with eight RBI in that span, and Walsh is batting .459 with six RBI in this stretch ... Rodriguez is making his 59th straight start. In his last seven starts, he has a 2.31 ERA with 45 strikeouts in 50 2/3 innings. He is 3-3 in that span ... Seven of Nevada's 15 homers this year have been solo shots, and Wolf Pack hitters have hit 10 triples thus far after hitting only six all of last year ... Rodriguez's 26 career wins and 281 strikeouts ranks second to Darrell Rasner's 28 wins and 302 strikeouts ... Nevada returns home Tuesday for a 5 p.m. game against Pacific, the start ofr an eight-game homestand.

Compiled by Darrell Moody

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