Shipley To Throw Out First Pitch Monday

University of Nevada pitcher Braden Shipley will throw out the first pitch on Monday night at Aces Ballpark in downtown Reno.   Shipley was selected as the overall 15th pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2013 MLB Draft last week.  The Reno Aces are the triple-A affiliate of the Diamondbacks.  The first pitch will take place at approximately 6:40 p.m. before the Aces play the Sacramento River Cats.

Shipley is the highest drafted player in the history of Nevada athletics.  A pair of Wolf Pack basketball players Kirk Snyder (2005) and Luke Babbitt (2011) were picked 16th in the first round.  Snyder was selected by the Utah Jazz and Babbitt the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Shipley earned Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year honors as a sophomore after going 9-4 with a conference low 2.20 ERA.  After the Pack switched conferences to the Mountain West he was named the co-MW Pitcher of the Year.  In his junior season he was 7-3 with a 2.77 ERA had 102 strikeouts in 107.1 innings on the mound.  The 102 strikeouts is the seventh best season in school history.

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