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Miners look to rebound

Nevada Union senior Jason Gillard fills the gap at shortstop for the Miners and hits in the No. 3 spot in the lineup.
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Nevada Union baseball coach Ted White can’t recall the Miners being no-hit in his eight seasons at the charge.

Saturday, NU went to Casa Roble and had Miner pitcher Gary Daley pitch a three-hitter, to no avail, as the Miners went hitless in a 1-0 loss.

Today, weather permitting, NU will get a chance to get their bats on the ball when the Miners travel to Capital Athletic League foe El Camino.

“The kid for Casa was a very good pitcher, but I think we made him better than he was,” White said. “We weren’t very disciplined at the plate. What we need to do is look for fastballs until he got two strikes on us, and we didn’t do that.”

White said that he looks for the top of the order to help break the Miners out of a general hitting slump. Senior Jason Gillard, who last year earned second-team CAL honors has been moved up to the No. 3 hitter this year. White hopes it is players like Gillard who can turn things around for the Miners.

“He is going to have to be one of our hitters if we are to be successful,” White said.

Last year, Gillard split his time between pitching and playing shortstop. On the mound, he went 3-3 in CAL assignments, with a 3.56 ERA. From the plate, Gillard hit .258 in league, with one home run and six RBI.

“Jason works extremely hard,” White said. “I’ll go to the field on the weekend, and he’ll be out there hitting in the batting cages. He is just a very coachable kid.”

This year, Gillard has been held back from pitching until his arm is fully ready for a season’s worth of starts. He has added a slider to his repertoire of fastball, change, and splitter.

“I decided to work on it around summer,” Gillard said. “I needed something that broke side to side.”

Last year, El Camino defeated NU three times. The schools have a rivalry that transcends baseball, and extends to other sports as well.

“With the loss Saturday, you shake it off because it is baseball and there is always another game to prepare for,” Gillard said. “El Camino, in football, is always a big rival, and we are looking forward to beating them in baseball this week.”

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