Chad Qualls was listed as a newcomer to the Nevada baseball team at the start of the 1999 season, but it didn’t take long before he was viewed as a veteran.
The senior right-hander tossed two shutout innings of relief in his first appearance in a Wolf Pack uniform, and the rest is history. His next 15 appearances were all as a starter.
He won his first six decisions of the season and went 11-3 overall. The 11 victories tied him for the second most in Nevada history for a single season and his .786 career winning percentage ranks him fifth.
There is little question remaining that Qualls has earned the right to open the 2000 season as Nevada’s No. 1 starter.
“Chad gives us a bonafide starting pitcher for us to build our staff around,” said coach Gary Powers. “He knows how to pitch.”
Qualls was a big reason Nevada suffered through only one losing streak of four games. He was 5-1 in games following a Wolf Pack loss, with his only loss coming in a game in which Nevada committed a season-high nine errors.
In the NCAA Regionals, Qualls went eight innings and struck out a season-high 10, but did not get a decision in an extra-inning loss. The 10 K’s upped his season total to 86, which ties him for the fifth most by a Pack pitcher in a single season.
“He can get ahead in the count and has the ability to throw all of his pitches for strikes when he is behind in the count,” Powers said.
And it is his knowledge of pitching and his ability to throw strikes that made Qualls a veteran earlier than most.
LA HARBOR JC: Was an all-conference pitcher at L.A. Harbor JC. He was voted the team’s most valuable pitcher.
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in baseball for two years at Narbonne HS in Harbor City, Calif. He pitched in the 3A Finals in back-to-back years in 1995 and ‘96 at Dodger Stadium. Named to the all-league and all-city teams as a pitcher and first baseman as a junior.
PERSONAL: A digital media major. Born 8/17/78. He is the son of Michael and Dotti Qualls. He was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays. He enjoys surfing, off-roading, and hanging out with friends.
QUOTE FROM COACH GARY POWERS
‘He knows how to compete. He can throw a variety of pitches for strikes consistently regardless of the count.’
Year ERA AP/GS W L IP R ER H CG SO BB SV 1999 4.79 16/15 11 3 103.1 73 55 118 2 86 41 0 Ttl 4.79 16/15 11 3 103.1 73 55 118 2 86 41 0