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Nevada baseball preview box

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