Former University of Nevada closer Zak Basch has reached the Big Leagues but not in the typical fashion for the former Wolf Pack closer. After nearly five seasons working in public relations in the Pacific Coast League for the Reno Aces and Sacramento River Cats, Basch joined the Oakland A's public relations department on July 1.
Basch was the Pack's closer in 2003 after transferring to Nevada from Hofstra. In his only season he posted a 3-3 record with nine saves and an ERA of 2.23 tossing 48.1 innings for the 32-24 Wolf Pack. The nine saves is tied for the fourth best season in school history and is tied for the seventh most in a career at Nevada. Following his time at Nevada he was drafted in the 13th round by the Boston Red Sox and also spent time in the A's farm system.
He played on one of the most talented Wolf Pack teams in recent years as five of Basch's teammates have played Major League Baseball in Brett Hayes, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Chris Gimenez, Chris Dickerson and Eddie Bonine. Seven other members of the 2003 squad played Minor League Baseball.