Nevada baseball coach TJ Bruce talks about the upcoming season. Pack media day was Monday
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For the second time in five years, Nevada will host the Mountain West baseball championship for the 2019 season at Don Weir Field at Peccole Park. The Wolf Pack won the Mountain West regular-season title in 2018 after finishing with a 20-9 conference record.
“We are thrilled to host the Mountain West Championship this season,” Nevada coach T.J. Bruce said in a news release. “It is a huge honor for our program and we cannot wait to host some of the top talent in the conference at our recently renovated ballpark. It will also be great for the Reno community to watch the top teams in the conference battle for a Mountain West championship.”
Nevada hosted the tournament in 2015 when the Wolf Pack won the MW regular-season championship for the first time after a 41-15 season.
The top-four teams from the regular season with the best conference records advance to the tournament. Nevada has advanced all three years Bruce has been the head coach.
Also this week, Bruce was named a top 10 coach under the age of 40 by Baseball America. Entering his fourth season, Bruce has lead the Wolf Pack to 85 victories and is coming off a Mountain West regular season championship.
Bruce led Nevada to a 29-24 overall record in 2018.
The Wolf Pack returns 2018 freshman All-Americans Joshua Zamora and Jake Jackson and will feature freshmen Owen Sharts and Julien Boyd this season.
Sharts was drafted in the 32nd round of the 2018 MLB draft by the Texas Rangers and Boyd was selected in the 26th round by the Chicago Cubs.