Reno, Nev. - The University of Nevada baseball team will begin practice on Monday at Peccole Park in preparation for the 2009 season opener on February 20 in Phoenix, Ariz. The Wolf Pack open the season at the Phoenix Tournament playing two games on Friday, the first against Gonzaga followed by a night game with Missouri. Saturday the Pack square off once again with Gonzaga and play Missouri to end the opening weekend on Sunday. The home opener is slated for March 6 when Washington comes to Reno for a three-game series.
Returning for his 27th season as head coach of the Wolf Pack baseball progame will be Gary Powers. The longest tenured coach in the history of Nevada athletics, Powers has amassed a record of 795-621-4 in 26 seasons at Nevada and is just five wins from 800 in his career with the Pack.
Nevada returns four starting position players, two starting pitchers and 15 letterwinners from last year’s team that went 34-26. The Pack tied Hawai`i for second in the Western Athletic Conference standings with an 18-14 mark in 2008 and placed second at the season ending conference tournament. It marked the second consecutive year Nevada placed second during the regular season and at the conference tournament.
A pair of second-team All-WAC selections return in Matt Bowman and Shaun Kort. Bowman hit .355 and drove in 36 runs playing left field last season but will move to second base for his senior year. A junior Kort will be at first base for the third year in a row. A year ago he hit .324 and was second on the squad with 60 RBI.