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Nevada baseball preview box

BASEBALL: LOUISIANA TECH (22-10, 12-6) AT NEVADA (25-21, 9-6)

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

Where: Peccole Park

TV/Radio: None/630 AM (pregame 15 minutes before first pitch

Coaches: Gary Powers (Nevada) 751-590-4; Wade Simoneaux (Louisiana Tech) 120-153-1

Pitching rotation: Tonight – Nevada’s Ryan Rodriguez (6-5, 3.10) vs. Luke Burnett (4-6, 3.98); Saturday – Nevada’s Rod Scurry (1-5, 5.64) vs. Ryan Rupert (4-1, 6.83); Sunday – Nevada’s Kyle Howe (2-3, 4.62) vs. Dylan Moseley (7-4, 2.92)

Probable starters: LA. TECH – C Matt Combs (.179, HR, 8 RBI) or Drew Thomas (.135, 4 RBI); 1B Albie Goulder (.331, 12 HR, 45 RBI); 2B Drew Bunting (.447, 16 RBI); SS Dennis Winn (.347, 8 HR, 24 RBI); 3B Courtney Jones (.333, 10 HR, 39 RBI); LF Brandon Hudson (.366, 3 HR, 3 RBI); CF Brian Rike (.357, 20 HR, 61 RBI); RF Jericho Jones (.319, 4 HR, 30 RBI); DH Patrick Thomas (.358, HR, 23 RBI) or Adam Cobb (.293, 3 HR, 28 RBI). NEVADA – C Konrad Schmidt (.377, 6 HR, 37 RBI); 1B Shaun Kort (.377, 5 HR, 37 RBI); 2B David Ciarlo (.254, 3 HR, 26 RBI); SS Chris Siewert (.295, 2 HR, 27 RBI); 3B Jason Rodriguez (.278, 13 RBI); LF Terry Walsh (.380, 4 HR, 22 RBI); CF Jason Sadoian (.294, 9 RBI) or Nick Sansone (.238, 13 RBI); RF Matt Suleski (.342. 13 RBI); DH Baker Krukow (.307, HR, 14 RBI).

Game notes: Schmidt has a five-game hot streak going, Walsh is at four and Sadoian is at three … Twelve of Nevada’s 25 wins have been earned in relief … Seven hitters – Kort (.400, 3 RBI), Siewert (.471, 8 RBI), Rodriguez (.333, RBI), Schmidt (.444, 3 RBI), Walsh (.444), Sadoian (.333, RBI) and Mike Hale (.375, 2 RBI) – have hit higher than. 300 over the past five games … Powers got his 750th win last weekend against Sac State … Tech has the WAC’s only winning road record at 10-7 this year … Tech catcher Matt Combs was a perfect 4-for-4 in throwing out runners trying to steal last week … Tech is the most prolific offensive team in the conference with 400 runs to its credit … Dennis Rike is having a tremendous season. He leads the WAC in runs scored (68), RBI (61), home runs (20), total bases (141) and slugging percentage (.762), and is third stolen bases (16) … Luke Burnett leads the WAC in strikeouts (90).