Friday, May 4, 2012
Nevada Union's (6-15) varsity baseball team hosted Woodcreek (16-6) on Friday afternoon where they fell 8-2.
The Miner's have struggled this spring, but a bright spot has been senior short stop Dusty Zeisler who came into Friday's contest with a team leading .369 batting average with 24 hits including a home run. While playing in the field he carries a .881 fielding percentage making only 10 errors in 84 total chances. Another bright spot for NU coach Ted White has been his junior pitcher Cody Gardner, who has an earned run average of 3.21 in 32 innings while striking out 29 on the rubber. Gardner has a batting average of .387 with only five strikeouts in a limited 35 plate appearances.
Woodcreek is led many great players but the one to watch is their 6'2" junior Stephen Nogosek who has a batting average of .388 in 80 plate appearances he has compiled 31 hits, 21 RBIs, 11 of the hits have been for extra bases including one home run. The most impressive numbers come from the mount, Nogosek has appeared in 11 games this spring for a total of 46 innings with 68 strikeouts . His earned run average is 1.21 and in the past 16.1 innings of work opponents have failed to score.
Next week NU will take on the Sierra Foothill League's second place team Rocklin in three consecutive days (May 7,8,9). The Thunder as of Friday had dropped four consecutive contests and if the Miners hope to make it to the post season they will need that trend alive and get a little lucky.