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Nevada Baseball to Honor Fallen Teammate

April 26, 2006

RENO, Nev. (AP) _ Nevada’s baseball team will wear black wristbands and patches on their caps this weekend in remembrance of freshman pitcher Steve Masten, who died Tuesday.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that Masten died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

``Steven was a wonderful student-athlete with a bright future,″ coach Gary Powers said in a statement. ``He will be deeply missed by everyone in the Wolf Pack baseball family. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family.″

Masten, 18, was rushed from his home in Sparks to the Washoe Medical Center in critical condition Monday.

``The death of Steve Masten is a tragedy for the community and has created extremely difficult times for the Masten family,″ the sheriff’s office said Wednesday.

Masten was 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA this season. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound left-hander who was considered a major league prospect chose to attend Nevada out of high school after being recruited by UCLA, Pepperdine and Santa Clara.

The Wolf Pack hosts San Jose State in Western Athletic Conference play Friday through Sunday. Tuesday’s game at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif., was canceled.

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