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Nevada-Hawai’i baseball preview box

BASEBALL: HAWAI’I (25-11, 3-5) AT NEVADA (15-16, 5-4)

Where: Peccole Park

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

Radio: ESPN Radio 630 AM, pre-gam 15 minutes before first pitch

Coaches: Nevada’s Gary Powers (715-557-4) is in his 24th season; Hawai’i’s Mike Trapasso (126-1260 in is his 5th season

Probable starters: HAWAII – C Estaban Lopez (.280, 9 RBI); 1B Luis Avila (.304, 4 HR, 31 RBI); 2B Joe Spiers (.286, 8 RBI); SS Eli Christensen (.258, 13 RBI); 3B Jonathan Hee (.274, 11 RBI); LF Robbie Wilder (.319, 10 RBI); CF Derek DuPree (.314, 12 RBI); RF Matt Inouye (.367, 20 RBI); DH Justin Frash (.383, 2 HR, 32 RBI). NEVADA – C Jordan Opdyke (.247, 5 HR, 11 RBI); 1B Terry Walsh (.262, 6 HR, 27 RBI); 2B Leo Radkowski (.257, 4 HR, 20 RBI); SS David Ciarlo (.222, 3 HR, 12 RBI); 3B Matt Bowman (.370, 4 HR, 24 RBI); LF Drew Johnson (.172, HR, 3 RBI) or Matt Suleski (.207, 5 RBI); CF Durell Williams (.232, 4 RBI); RF Shawn Scobee (.364, 12 HR, 30 RBI); DH Baker Krukow (.247, HR, 14 RBI)

Pitching matchups: Friday – Nevada’s Tim Schoeninger (3-2, 3.59) vs. Steven Wright (5-2, 3.32); Saturday – Nevada’s Travis Sutton (3-2, 4.05) vs. Justin Costi (4-1, 4.82); Sunday – Nevada’s Ryan Rodriguez (4-4, 4.91) vs. Ian Harrington (4-2, 4.37)

Scouting Nevada – The Pack snapped a four-game losing streak with an 11-5 win over Louisiana Tech, averting a sweep in that series …Scobee’s 12 homers ties him with New Mexico State’s Luke Hopkins for the conference lead. Scobee has 30 career homers, seventh in Nevada history. His .798 slugging percentage is second in the conference … Bowman has hit in 25 of 31 games this year and he drove in a career-high four runs against Tech in the 11-5 win … Freshman Ryan Foley, who broke his finger back on March 4 against Oregon State, has returned to practice and could play this weekend … The Pack is sixth in ERA (5.12) and seventh in fielding (.965) and batting average (.253) … Sutton needs five strikeouts to move into a tie with Jim Brink for 10th all-time.

Scouting Hawai’i – The Rainbow Warriors come into the game on a two-game losing streak as they dropped the last two games of the series against Fresno State … Hawai’i had its Tuesday game at Cal washed out … Hawai’i has hit only six homers the entire season, but has 63 doubles… Hawai’i has seven hitters batting over .300, and the team hits a respectable .294 … It will be a homecoming of sorts for Costi, Saturday’s starter, who pitched high school ball at Elk Grove High School.

Compiled by Darrell Moody