RENO, Nev. – Head Nevada baseball coach TJ Bruce announced the Wolf Pack’s 2019 schedule today. The defending Mountain West regular season champions will host the defending College World Series champion Oregon State Beavers at Don Weir Field at Peccole Park for a two-game series in April.
“We are very excited about how our 2019 schedule panned out,” said Bruce. “We have a lot of great nonconference competition early in the year that will help prepare the team for Mountain West play. We are also excited about some of the competition we get to bring to Reno this year, including Oregon State.”
The Pack’s 2019 campaign will kick off Friday, Feb. 15 when it faces Missouri State in the Texas State Tournament. Nevada will play two more games in the tourney to get its season started, facing Texas State and Utah on Feb. 16-17.
In the heart of its 16-game roadtrip to open 2019, Nevada will face a historically great program in Long Beach State and Pac-12 opponent Washington State. The Pack will be in Long Beach, Calif. from Feb. 22-24 and will play the Cougars Feb. 28 to March 3.
Conference play will kick off for the Pack on that same road trip beginning March 8 in a three-game series at 2018 MW Tournament champion San Diego State. The Aztecs will come to Reno April 5-7.
Nevada will play its first game and series at Don Weir Field at Peccole Park March 15-17 when it welcomes MW opponent New Mexico. The Pack took five out of six from the Lobos last season, including sweeping its home series and outscoring UNM 34-5 in those three contests.
Intrastate rival UNLV will welcome Nevada March 22-24 for the first battle of the season between the two schools. The Rebels will come to Reno April 18-20, after the programs went 3-3 against one another during the regular season.
Beginning March 26, the Pack will begin its longest homestand of the season. Nevada will begin with a midweek contest against San Francisco, and then face MW foe Air Force March 29-31. Sandwiched within the homestand will be an exhibition with the Reno Aces before a Wednesday contest against Sacramento State and concludes the stand with a home series against SDSU April 5-7.
After falling to the Beavers twice last season on the road, both in 11 innings, the Pack will have a chance to enact revenge against the 2018 national champions on April 22-23. OSU finished 55-12-1 last season, wrapping up the year taking two out of three games from Arkansas to claim its third College World Series title.
Nevada’s final two series of the year will be at home against Fresno State May 3-5 and at San Jose State May 10-12. It will be the only time the Pack faces the two MW opponents during the regular season.
The final game against the Bulldogs on Sunday, May 5th will be Nevada’s senior day.
The regular season for the Pack will end at home on Tuesday, May 14 with a weekday battle with Pacific. Nevada will have a bye week before the Mountain West Championships begin on May 22.