RENO, Nev. – College Baseball Central spoke with Nevada Wolf Pack star senior first basemen Austin Byler (Peoria, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain HS) Monday evening, and Byler, who has just been named Mountain West Player of the Week, his fourth honor to date, told us what it means to be a Wolf Pack player.
“It is an honor to get the recognition that we have been getting,” Byler stated. “I am thrilled to be a part of it and this team. We all knew that if we kept a good approach to this our hard work would pay off.”
Byler has been on a rampage in the opening weeks of college baseball with his bat.
The super-talented slugger was awarded the MW Conference Player of the Week due to his exploits against No. 5 Texas Tech, and rival Fresno State in which he hung a .400 batting average with two home runs, four RBI and seven runs scored.
“We all work hard on our swings,” Byler pointed out. “Look for a good pitch; something that I can handle, and trust in my ability and everything else will take care of itself. The sky is the limit for us. We want to make it to the College World Series and do well in the post season.”
Byler is leading the Mountain West in home runs with four, and slugging percentage (.909), together with on-base percentage (.583) while hitting .318 overall on the season.
“I just try not to do too much,” Byler added. “I am here to be a leader and to take the pressure off. I stay patient, and keep a clear mind. It’s all about the preparation we do in this game.”
Nevada, led by Byler and company get back on the field Tuesday for a mid-week contest against the Pac-12’s Stanford Cardinal. First pitch will be at 5:30 p.m. PT from Sunken Diamond in Stanford, Calif.