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Pfatenhauer Leading Dixie State

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Former University of Nevada baseball assistant coach Chris Pfatenhauer is in his first year as the head coach at Dixie State in St. George, Utah.  Pfatenhauer spent three seasons as an assistant coach to longtime Wolf Pack head coach Gary Powers before accepting the head coaching position at DS.  In his final season at Nevada he helped the Pack to its first Western Athletic Conference title and a thirty plus win season.

In his first season at DS he has the Red Storm nearing thirty wins with a 27-13 record.  DS sits in fourth place in the 10-team Pacific West Conference at 19-11 with five conference games remaining.

Shipley Drawing A Crowd

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Nevada junior pitcher Braden Shipley has drawn a crowd at each of his seven starts this season.  It's not your normal crowd of fans but a crowd of Major League Baseball scouts and executives who are there to evaluate one of the top pitching prospects not just in college baseball but in all of baseball.  Baseball America ranked him 10th in their midseason 2013 draft top 50.

The right-handed Shipley is 4-0 with a 2.31 ERA, with has struck out 52 in 50.2 innings on the mound.  In Mountain West play his ERA of 1.57 tops the conference.  His fastball has been clocked as high as 99 mph. 

The Medford, Ore. native earned second-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors as a shortstop as a freshman in 2011 but turned his attention to the mound as a sophomore.  After going 9-4 with a league leading 2.20 ERA and 88 strikeouts last season he was named the WAC Pitcher of the Year.  Pitching in the Alaska League last summer he was selected as the top prospect by Perfect Game.

With just three MW home series remaining; Apr. 19-21 vs. New Mexico, May 3-5 vs. San Diego State and May 10-12 against UNLV Nevada's hometown fans have just three opportunities to watch him on the Peccole Park mound.  Shipley is scheduled to start the first game of each of these three series.

Shipley's next start comes tonight at San Diego State.  Perfect game has a preview on the matchup between Shipley and Aztec's ace Michael Cederoth.


Parsons Set to Play with Nevada Baseball Against Reno Aces

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On April 2nd at 6:05 p.m. the University of Nevada baseball team will take on the Reno Aces in an exhibition game for the fourth-straight season. The fundraiser for the baseball program will again feature a member of the Nevada softball team. This year's participant will be junior outfielder Sara Parsons.

"Sara deserves the opportunity to go out there with the guys in what is really a great event," head softball coach Matt Meuchel said. "The exposure for the softball program is great as well."

Parsons is currently hitting .345 and leads Nevada with 34 RBI. She has started every game in center field for the Wolf Pack this season and will likely occupy a corner outfield position in Tuesday's exhibition.

"I can't even imagine what it's going to be like on the field," the Fallon native said. "I'm excited, but I'm a little nervous too. I know a lot of my teammates are planning on coming out to support me so that makes me feel a lot better."

The Pack won for the first time last year 7-3 after the Aces took the first two meetings.  The Aces won 9-3 in 2011 and 11-1 in the inaugural game in 2010.
Once again this season, the game will be played in an exhibition format, with Aces pitchers and catchers playing for both squads. All players will use wood bats, and the contest will last seven and a half innings. Utilizing the traditional minor league spring training format, pitchers will be placed on a pitch count, and should a pitcher reach his limit, the game will immediately proceed to the next half inning.

Easter Egg Hunt Saturday At Peccole Park

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Come out and support the Wolf Pack baseball team this Saturday March 30th when they take on Fresno State. Before the game at 12:30 p.m. meet at the Dug Out Club entrance and all children middle school and under are invited to participate in the Easter egg dash. Bring your Easter baskets to collect to eggs on the field with Wolfie Jr. and Alphie. Adult tickets for the game are $7 each and $5 for children.

We look forward to seeing you there! Go Pack!


Throwback Thursday Versus Fresno State

powers71.jpgNevada hosts Fresno State in a Mountain West baseball series starting Thursday night at 6 p.m. 
Come cheer on the Wolf Pack at Peccole Park on Throwback Thursday and wear your oldest Nevada gear.






Shipley Among Top 100 Players Selected By College Baseball Daily

Nevada junior right-handed pitcher Bradey Shipley ranks 89th as selected by College Baseball Daily in their countdown of the top 100 players in collegiate baseball for 2013.  Shipley the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year went 9-4 with a 2.20 ERA his sophomore year.

This past summer playing for the Anchorage Bucs in the Alaska League he was named the league's top prospect.

Link to College Baseball Daily story on Shipley.



Wolf Pack Volunteers for Renown Holiday Party

Wolf Pack student-athletes, coaches and staff regularly head over to the Renown Children's Hospital to visit patients, and last week, a group of Nevada baseball, volleyball and soccer student-athletes took it upon themselves to help the hospital get ready for its holiday party.

Wolf Pack student-athletes wrapped presents to be given out at the party and then later went back to volunteer at the holiday party. Here are some great photos of the Wolf Pack student-athletes to get you in the holiday mood:

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Prieto To Manage In Mariners Farm System

Former Nevada baseball player Chris Prieto will manage Pulaski Mariners located in Pulaski, Va.  Prieto is in his first season managing in the Mainers farm system.  Pulaski is a Rookie League team that competes in the Appalachian League.

Prieto earned second-team All-Big West Conference honors playing for the Wolf Pack in 1993.  He led the team with a .353 average and nine home runs in his only season at Nevada.  Originally drafted by San Diego he reached the major leagues in 2005 with the Anaheim Angels.


Remembering Keith Loper

Former Wolf Pack coach Keith Loper passed away at his home in Reno on Tuesday. Loper coached baseball, football and wrestling while at the University of Nevada, including a stint as Nevada's head baseball coach from 1972-73. In fact, he gave current head baseball coach Gary Powers his first job as his assistant coach.

Jim Krajewski from the Reno Gazette-Journal wrote a nice tribute to the well-liked Loper.

Powers added this about his mentor: "Keith was one of the most wonderful, loyal, caring people I have had the pleasure to have been associated with. He was a great mentor and and I am so thankful to him for all of the support and guidance he provided to me." 

We will pass along any memorial service information we receive. 

 

Former Pack Stars Get The Call

Congrats to four former Nevada baseball players who go the call on Sept. 1 to join their Major League clubs.  Konrad Schmidt, Chris Gimenez, Chris Dickerson and Lyle Overbay all made the jump to the big leagues.

Schmidt got the call from the Arizona Diamondbacks.  In fact the catcher was not in Reno when the Aces passed out 2,000 of his bobbleheads on Saturday night.

A catcher, Gimenez joined the Tampa Bay Rays for the stretch run.  Monday he collected two hits and drove in two including the game winner in the eighth inning in a 4-3 victory over the New York Yankees.

Dickerson played center field over the weekend for the Yankees and hit a home run and stole one reaching over the outfield fence.

Overbay,  the veteran of the group signed with Atlanta Braves after being released by the Diamondbacks earlier this season.  The Braves signed the first baseman as they chase a playoff birth.

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