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Nevada baseball preview box

BASEBALL: NEVADA (14-12, 0-0) AT HAWAI’I (19-8, 0-0)

When: Tonight (9:35 p.m.), Saturday (9:35 p.m.), Sunday (4 p.m.)

Where: Murakami Stadium (4,312)

TV/Radio: None/ESPN Radio 630 AM

Coaches: Nevada’s Gary Powers is 740-581-4; Hawai’i’s Mike Trapasso is 179-142

Pitching Rotation: Tonight – Nevada’s Ryan Rodriguez (3-3, 2.52) vs. Ian Harrington (4-4, 3.23); Saturday – Nevada’s Rod Scurry (0-4, 7.55) vs. Mark Rodrigues (6-1, 2.78); Sunday – Nevada’s Kyle Howe (1-2, 4.07) vs. Joshua Schneider (2-1, 2.28)

Probable starters: HAWAII – C Landon Hernandez (.298, 13 RBI), 1B Kris Sanchez (.404, 5 HR, 35 RBI), 2B John Hee (.338, 11 RBI), SS Eli Christensen (.286, 11 RBI), 3B Justin Frash (.352, HR, 15 RBI), LF Jorge Franco (.217, HR, 8 RBI) or Derek DuPree (.309, 7 RBI), CF Brandon Haislet (.341, HR, 17 RBI), RF Evan Zimny (.275, 10 RBI), DH DuPree or Vinnie Catricata (.278, 9 RBI). NEVADA – C Konrad Schmidt (.350, 6 HR, 26 RBI), 1B Shaun Kort (.366, HR, 20 RBI), 2B David Ciarlo (.280, 11 RBI), SS Chris Siewert (.274, 12 RBI), 3B Jason Rodriguez (.316, 6 RBI), LF Trevor O’Sullivan (.250, 3 RBI) or Terry Walsh (.302, 2 HR, 8 RBI), CF Jason Sadoian (.316, 4 RBI), RF Matt Suleski (.457, 6 RBI), DH Baker Krukow (.268, 6 RBI)

GAME NOTES: Nevada takes a six-game regular-season WAC winning streak into this weekend’s series which obviously dates back to last season. Nevada has won its last four games after sweeping Utah Valley State and knocking off Saint Mary’s College on Tuesday … Nevada has not hit a homer in its last 11 games. Nevada’s last homer was a two-run shot by Walsh against Buffalo back on Feb. 24 … Suleski is Nevada’s hottest hitter has a five-game hit streak and is batting .600 in that span. He has five multi-hit games in his last seven … Eight of Nevada’s 14 wins have been earned by relievers … In his last six starts, Rodriguez’s ERA is 2.13 with 39 strikeouts and just 11 walks … Hawai’i’s pitching staff is one of the best in the country, allowing just 3.1 runs per game which is seventh nationally. Hawai’i has allowed three runs or less in 22 of its 27 games to date.

Compiled by Darrell Moody