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Kouzmanoff gets the call

Former University of Nevada All-America third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff made his return to Major League Baseball when the Texas Rangers promoted him from Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday.  Kouzmanoff singled in his only plate appearance as a pinch hitter and remained to in the game to play third base as the Rangers lost 4-2 at Boston.

Kouzmanoff earned All-America and WAC Player of the Year honors for the Wolf Pack in 2003 after batting .361 with 12 doubles, 17 home runs and 67 RBI.  He made his MLB debut for Cleveland in 2006 and spent the next three seasons in San Diego after being traded to the Padres.  He played 143 games for Oakland in 2010 and 73 games combined for the A's and Rockies in 2011. 

Wednesday's pinch hit appearance was his first game at the Major League level since 2011.  He has played in 645 games at third base for five teams during his MLB career.

Pitchers gem in paradise

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The University of Nevada baseball team lost 1-0 at Hawai`i on Monday night at Les Murakami Stadium as both pitchers tossed complete game gems.  One rare occurrence was that only 52 batters came to the plate.  The 52 batters is the minimum that could come to the plate in a complete nine-inning game. 

Wolf Pack starter Tyler Wells suffered the loss allowing just two hits and struck out eight in a career-high eight innings.  Wells faced 25 batters, one over the minimum. 

The Rainbow Warriors leadoff hitter Stephen Ventimilia, in the bottom of the first inning was the only player that scored as he singled, stole second base and advance to third on the same play courtesy of a wild pitch.  Ventimilia scored the only run of the of the night on a groundout by Kaeo Aliviado.

After the single to Ventimilia Wells retired the next 18 batters before allowing a single to Aliviado in the seventh.  Wells caught Aliviado stealing second base and retired the next five batters to end the game.

UH starter Scott Kuzminsky earned the victory allowing two hits and walked just one facing the minimum 27 batters.  Pack first baseman Austin Byler walked in the first inning and was caught stealing.  Catcher Jordan Devencenzi singled in the fifth inning and was retired on a double play.  Byler singled in the seventh and was erased on a double play.

The only runner to get past first base in the game was Ventimilia in the first inning.

UH and Nevada last played a 1-0 game at Les Murakami Stadium on Apr. 29, 2004.  The Pack's Travis Sutton and the Rainbow Warriors Ricky Bauer both tossed nine shutout innings before both teams went to the bullpen.  UH scored a run in the bottom of the 10th inning with two out  to win 1-0.



Powers honored at Dolan Dinner

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Former University of Nevada head baseball coach Gary Powers was honored at the recently held Bobby Dolan Baseball Dinner for his 31 years leading the Wolf Pack baseball program.  Powers said a few words to the crowd of over 600 in attendance, at a dinner he started 30 years ago to raise funds for the Pack baseball program.  He received a standing ovation from crowd. 

Powers' #17 was retired and a banner was unveiled that will hang on the Peccole Park wall along with the many Major League Players that played for the Pack, many during his tenure. 

In his 31 years Powers won 937 games, earned conference coach of the year honors four times, led the Pack to four NCAA Tournament appearances, won three conference titles and two division titles.  He coached 17 players that played Major League Baseball, produced 17 all-Americans, 141 all-conference selections, four conference players of the year, three conference pitchers of the year and three conference freshman of the year.  MLB drafted over 75 of his players and over 90 played professional baseball.

In 31 years Powers had 20 winning seasons and won 30 or more games 17 times including seven years in a row.  Twice he guided the Wolf Pack to 40 win seasons with a school record 43 coming in 1992. 

In addition to coaching the Pack he played baseball at Nevada.  Powers earned bachelors and masters degrees from Nevada.

Shipley Diamondbacks No. 2 prospect

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Baseball America named former University of Nevada pitcher Braden Shipley as the number two prospect in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.  Another pitcher, Archie Bradley was named the top prospect in the organization.  Shipley became the highest drafted athlete in the history of the University of Nevada when he was selected 15th by the Diamondbacks in the 2013 MLB Draft.

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.

Somewhat ironic, Shipley spent his freshman season as the Pack's starting shortstop making just five appearances on the mound. He earned second-team All-WAC honors after batting .287 with seven doubles and 19 RBI.  After becoming the Pack's ace his sophomore season he progressed into a first-round MLB selection.

In three seasons he compiled a 17-7 record with a 2.79 ERA and 203 strikeouts in 216 innings on the mound.  The 203 strikeouts ranks sixth in school history and .708 winning percentage is ninth.

Shipley could once again pitch in Reno as the Diamondbacks triple-A affiliate is the Reno Aces.

Hayes named PCL POW

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Former University of Nevada catcher Brett Hayes has been the Pacific Coast League, August 19-25 Player of the Week.  Hayes plays for the Omaha Storm Chasers, the Triple A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.  He earned Freshman All-America honors playing for the Wolf Pack in 2003 and batted .339 in his three seasons at Nevada.

Hayes hit six home runs and totaled 26 bases to earn the PCL honor.  All six home runs came in a four-game series with New Orleans Zephyrs, hitting at least one in each game of the series.  He hit two home runs in each of the first two games including a walk-off shot in the 10th inning of the second game.  During the week he batted .381 with eight RBI.





Jameson To Join Reno Aces

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Former University of Nevada pitcher Tom Jameson who signed as a free agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks after just completing his senior season has been promoted from the Arizona Rookie League to the Triple-A Reno Aces.  The Reno native will join to Aces in Tacoma tonight.

In four appearances in the Arizona Rookie League Jameson tossed five innings and did not allow a run while earning a save.

Jameson posted a 20-18 record with a 4.38 ERA  and 157 strikeouts at Nevada.  He appeared in 60 games and made 53 starts on the mound.  After going 7-2 with a 2.55 ERA his junior season he earned first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors.  His 20 wins is tied for eighth most in school history and 328.2 career innings pitched ranks third.  In addition to the 20 wins he recorded two saves his freshman year and tossed four complete games.




Basch Reaches Big Leagues

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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.

25th Josh Anderson Memorial Tournament June 25-30

The 2013 Josh Anderson Memorial Tournament will take place June 25-30 and this year marks the 25th year of the annual tournament that is being played at Nevada's Peccole Park and at Reno High School.  This year's field is comprised of 14 teams and games start each day at 10 a.m.

Several tournament participants throughout the years have gone on to play for the Wolf Pack.  Heading the list are three players that earned All-America honors for the Pack and went on to play Major League Baseball.

Lyle Overbay, a current member of the New York Yankees, played in the 1996 tournament and earned All-America honors at Nevada in 1999.  Overbay hit .358 with 39 home runs during his four-year career with the Wolf Pack.

Outfielder Chris Dickerson earned Freshman All-America honors playing at Nevada in 2001 after playing in the 2000 tournament.  Dickerson is currently playing for the Baltimore Orioles and batted .286 in three seasons for the Pack.

Catcher Brett Hayes was a 2003 Freshman All-America at Nevada and played in the 2002 Josh Anderson Memorial Tournament.  Hayes saw time with the Miami Marlins and is currently playing Triple-A for the Omaha Storm Chasers an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.  His career average at Nevada was .339 with 22 home runs.

Most recently pitcher Braden Shipley was discovered by the Wolf Pack coaching staff in the 2010 tournament and played three seasons at Nevada.  Shipley was selected in the first round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks and recently signed with the club.  In three years at Nevada he was 17-7 with a 2.79 ERA and 203 strikeouts.

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.

Pack Rich MLB Draft History

Shipley_Braden (1).jpgUniversity of Nevada baseball has a long and rich history of players being selected in the Major League Baseball draft but Thursday's 2013 draft should produce a first.  Junior pitcher Braden Shipley is projected to be not only be a first-round selection, but a top-10 overall pick.  Shipley has a career record of 17-7 with 203 strikeouts in 216 innings pitched and a 2.79 ERA in his three seasons at Nevada.

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.

Somewhat ironic, Shipley spent his freshman season as the Pack's starting shortstop making just five appearances on the mound. He earned second-team All-WAC honors after batting .287 with seven doubles and 19 RBI.  After becoming the Pack's ace his sophomore season he has progressed into a first-round MLB selection.

Shipley joins Mountain West players DJ Peterson from New Mexico and Aaron Judge from Fresno State as projected first round selections.  Click on this link to watch the MW preview of these three potential first round selections.

Five Wolf Pack players were selected in the second run but none in round one.  Pitcher Darrell Rasner was the highest selection going 46th overall to the then Montreal Expos in 2002.  Outfielder and current ESPN analyst Chris Singleton was taken by the San Francisco Giants with pick number 48 in 1993.  Rob Richie, the first ever Nevada player selected in the second round,  was chosen by the Detroit Tigers with the 53rd pick in 1987.

Pitcher Chad Qualls, a current member of the Miami Marlins, was the 67th pick in 2000 by the Houston Astros.  Qualls pitched in the World Series for the Astros in 2005.  Catcher Brett Hayes was the Pack's most recent second-round selection going to the Florida Marlins with 79th pick in 2005.  Hayes is currently playing for the triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals in Omaha, Neb.

In the history of Nevada baseball, 18 players have played in Major League Baseball: Ed Plank Rob Richie, Shawn Barton, Singleton, Corky Miller, Lyle Overbay, Andy Dominque, Qualls, Ryan Church, Chris Prieto, Rasner, Joe Inglett, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Eddie Bonine, Chris Dickerson, Hayes, Chris Gimenez and Konrad Schmidt.  Overbay, Qualls and Dickerson are currently on MLB rosters.