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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.





Dickerson Goes Deep Twice

Former Nevada freshman All-America Chris Dickerson homered twice on Tuesday night in the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees.  Dickerson's first home in the third inning tied the game at one and his second was a monster shot that went 406 feet to tie the game in the fifth inning at two.  The Orioles won 3-2 on a walk-off home run by Nate McClouth in the bottom of the 10th.

Dickerson earned the start in center field for the Orioles and was 3-for-4 with the two home runs.  It was the first two home run game of his career.

Dickerson played three seasons at Nevada from 2001-03 and earned Collegiate Baseball freshman All-America honors in 2001.  Originally drafted by the Cincinnati Reds he also played for the Brewers, Yankees and joined the Orioles this season.  In 15 games this season he is batting .371 with three home runs and eight RBI.

Shipley, Byler And Klein Named To March Madness MW Baseball Teams

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Nevada's Braden Shipley, Austin Byler and Brooks Klein have been named to March Madness Mountain West baseball teams.   Shipley, the Wolf Pack's ace pitcher, was named the first team as was Byler the team's third baseman while Klein earned second team honors in the outfield.

Shipley is 7-3 on the season with a 2.81 ERA in 99.1 innings on the mound.  He tops the team in wins, ERA, innings pitched and strikeouts with 94.  Shipley, from Medford, Ore., was 5-1 with a 2.76 earned run average in Conference play this year. He was second in the league with an opposing batting average of .211 and 61 strikeouts. Shipley threw a league-high 71.2 innings.

Byler batted .346 with 35 runs scored, 10 doubles, three triples, eight home runs and 40 RBI.  He tops the team in average and home runs.  In MW play he hit .308 with 16 runs scored, three doubles, a home run and 13 RBI.  An injury has forced him to miss the last four games and will not return this season.

Klein the Pack's starting right fielder is batting .338 with 33 runs scored, 12 doubles, four triples and 42 RBI.  He tops the team in RBI, doubles, triples and is second with seven home runs.  In MW play he batted .301 with 14 runs scored, seven doubles, a triple, two home runs and drove in 21.

Nevada opens play in the MW Championship tonight against Fresno State at 7 p.m. at Pete Beiden Field in Fresno, Calif.


MLB.com Article On Braden Shipley

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Nevada ace pitcher Braden Shipley continues to receive national attention prior to June's MLB draft.  The latest article on Shipley was written by MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo.  Here is a link to the article http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130519&content_id=48048602&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

Shipley To Make Final Home Start Friday

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Junior pitcher Braden Shipley, one of the top prospects in the 2013 MLB draft will make his final home start of the season on Friday night at 6 p.m. against UNLV.  Shipley is currently 7-2 with 2.49 ERA and has 78 strikeouts in a Mountain West high 86.2 innings pitched.

Recently named to the Golden Spikes Award Watch list, here are two recent online articles on the hard throwing right-hander.

By Aaron Fitt / Special to goldenspikesaward.com

By Jeff Dahn / Feature writer Perfect Game



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