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Nevada baseball preview box

BASEBALL: FRESNO STATE (18-17, 4-2) AT NEVADA (19-15, 3-3)

When: Tonight (6 p.m.), Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday (1 p.m.)

Where: Peccole Park

TV-Radio: None/ESPN Radio 630 AM

Coaches: Gary Powers (Nevada); Mike Batesole (Fresno State)

Probable starting rotation: Tonight – Nevada’s Ryan Rodriguez (4-4, 2.31) vs. Justin Wilson (4-3, 3.21); Friday – Nevada’s Rod Scurry (0-5, 6.75) vs. Clayton Allison (5-2, 4.58); Saturday – Nevada’s Mario Rivera (4-0, 3.66) or Kyle Howe (1-2, 5.53) vs. Tanner Scheppers (2-3, 6.00)

Probable starters: FRESNO STATE – C Dan Grubb (.269, 11 RBI), 1B Alan Ahmady (.299, 6 HR, 17 RBI), 2B Erik Wetzel (.361, 19 RBI), SS Todd Sandell (.250, 4 HR, 17 RBI), 3B Tommy Mendonca (.246, 4 HR, 14 RBI), LF Steve Susdorf (.331, 5 HR, 37 RBI), CF Brian Lapin (.348, 3 HR, 27 RBI), RF Loren Storey (.313, 6 HR, 23 RBI), DH Ozzie Lewis (.302, 2 HR, 17 RBI). NEVADA – C Konrad Schmidt (.381, 6 HR, 33 RBI), 1B Shaun Kort (.363, HR, 25 RBI), 2B David Ciarlo (.274, 14 RBI), SS Chris Siewert (.290, 17 RBI), 3B Jason Rodriguez (.294, 8 RBI), LF Matt Suleski (.407, 10 RBI) or Terry Walsh (.337, 2 HR, 12 RBI), CF Jason Sadoian (.294, 7 RBI) or Nick Sansone (.257, 13 RBI), RF Dan Eastham (.338, HR, 16 RBI), DH Baker Krukow (.306, HR, 13 RBI)

Game Notes: Rodriguez is two career wins and 21 strikeouts away from tying ex-Carson High and Nevada star Darrell Rasner in both categories. Rodriguez passed Rasner in innings pitched last weekend. In four years, Rodriguez has 341 1/3 and Rasner, in three years, pitched 341 innings … Schmidt, who has been a godsend behind the plate because of his arm and power, has Nevada’s longest active hitting streak at five games … Kort, Eastham and Schmidt all have six multiple-RBI games … FSU right fielder Loren Storey went 6-for-12 last weekend against sacramento State, collecting four singles and two homers. Storey also has stolen 14 bases in 16 attempts … All nine starters in Fresno State’s line-up have driven in 10 or more runs this season … Five FSU starters are hitting over .300, and a sixth, Ahmady, is at .299 entering the series.

Compiled by Darrell Moody