Nevada Baseball Opens Season With Kansas In Arizona
Feb. 13, 2013
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NEVADA PICKED THIRD: Nevada will be competing in the Mountain West for the first time in 2013 after 12 seasons in the Western Athletic Conference. In the preseason MW Coaches Poll the Wolf Pack was picked third behind New Mexico and San Diego State.
The 2013 Wolf Pack baseball team returns 20 letterwinners, including six starters and the entire weekend rotation from the 2012 WAC title team. This season will be different in that Nevada will compete in the six-team Mountain West for the first time after 12 seasons in the WAC.
A first baseman, Meyer earned Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America and second-team All-WAC honors a year ago. He was third on the team hitting .324 and scored 23 runs, had nine doubles, two triples and drove in 34 as a freshman. In year two he will again play first base and bat in the middle of the lineup.
Hunt earned the starting job at shortstop last season and committed just 12 errors on the season to field .956. He put together a 27-game stretch without an error and had just two errors in the final 32 games of the year. In his first year he hit .246 with eight doubles, a pair of triples and 19 RBI. Was hit by pitch a WAC high 17 times that ranked 44th nationally. He was 29th in the nation with 15 sacrifice bunts. The excellent defensive player will once game play shortstop this season.
Another sophomore, Austin Byler, will start at third base for the Wolf Pack in his second year in the program. Byler played in 51 games and started 45 last year. The left-hander hitter made 14 starts at third base and 30 at designated hitter. He batted .276 with 28 runs scored, eight doubles, a triple, four home runs and 22 RBI. He is expected to provide offensive punch in the in the middle of the Pack lineup this season.
Brett Jones and Hugo Hernandez both return for their senior seasons. Jones began last year at first base, but after returning from injury was primarily the Pack's designated hitter. That is where most of his playing time will come this year. He finished fifth on the team hitting .299 with 17 runs scored, 10 doubles and 17 RBI.
Hernandez, a first baseman, received a medical redshirt after playing in just five games last season. As a junior in 2011, he batted .248 with 10 extra base hits and 17 RBI in 46 games with 34 being starts. He will be used primarily as a right handed pinch hitter in his final year at Nevada. Another returning senior is utility infielder Ray McIntire who can player either second or third base. McIntire saw action in seven games last season.
Irvine Valley College transfer Scott Kaplan will begin the season as the starter at second base. Kaplan was a Southern California All-America selection his freshman year after batting .397 with 27 runs scored and 10 doubles. As a sophomore he hit .255.
First-team All-WAC selection Brooks Klein is back after making 56 starts in right field a year ago. The senior led the Pack in almost every offensive category; batting average (.335), slugging percentage (.591), on base percentage (.409), hits (68), RBI (42), doubles (16), triples (6), home runs (8), total bases (120), multiple hit games (19) and multiple RBI games (11). The strong armed outfield will once again play right field in his final season.
An outstanding defensive outfielder, senior Jamison Rowe made 33 starts all in center field and played in 53 games last season. Rowe batted .278 last year with seven extra base hits and 15 RBI. In 117 games played at Nevada he has not committed an error.
Versatile sophomore Jay Anderson made 30 starts in left field, 20 in center and one in right a year ago. The speedy outfielder scored a team-high 36 runs and legged 10 extra base hits with five being triples. He batted .286 with 19 RBI. In year two he will again see time at all three outfield positions.
Junior Tommy Niebergall started 10 games in left field and one in center last season, appearing in 38 on the year. Niebergall hit .270 with eight doubles, a home run and nine RBI. He will again see time throughout the outfield.
Sophomore Curtis Frisbie missed last year after having shoulder surgery but returns after a redshirt season. As a freshman he played in 26 games and started 12 mostly in center field. He batted .256 with five doubles and three RBI. The third-year player adds depth to the outfield.
Sierra College transfer Brad Gerig along with Oak Ridge High School (Calif.) freshman Lance Berringer will press the veterans for playing time. Gerig, an all-conference junior-college selection, hit .318 with four home runs and 37 RBI as a sophomore. Look for him to see time at either of the corner outfield positions.
Berringer earned numerous honors his senior year after batting .362 as a prep standout. He could see time at any of the three outfield positions and provides the team with a left handed bat.
Teel started six games at catcher, two at designated hitter and one at third base for the Pack as a freshman. He batted .244 with a triple and five RBI. The Tustin, Calif. native should begin the season as the starting catcher.
Setum comes to the Pack from Sacramento City College where he earned first-team all-conference honors after batting .301 with 21 RBI last season. His two years of junior college experience is a plus and he will see considerable time behind the plate in his first season.
Theroux played his prep baseball at Junipero Serra (Calif.) High School where some of his honors include; team MVP, first-team All-West Catholic Athletic League, first-team CIF-Central Coast Section and San Jose Mercury News first team. He batted .348 with five home runs, 25 RBI, a .596 slugging percentage and .517 on base percentage his senior season. Along with the Teel and Setum he is expected to get plenty of time behind the plate.
Leading the way will be Shipley and Jameson, who both earned first-team All-WAC honors last season. The two combined for 21 quality starts in 30 trips to the mound.
Shipley was named the 2012 WAC Pitcher of the Year after going 9-4 with a league low 2.20 ERA. Named to the 2013 MW preseason coaches team and the top prospect in the Alaska League last summer. He pitched six or more innings and allowed three or less earned runs to produce 12 quality starts out of his 15. He pitched two complete games and struck out 88 in 98.1 innings on the mound.
Wells pitched with a bone spur in his throwing elbow most of last season. He had it removed in the offseason and is ready to once again take his spot in the rotation where he spent the first 12 weeks last season. In 16 appearances he went 3-5 with a 6.42 ERA tossing 61.2 innings with 30 strikeouts. The lefty will begin the season in the rotation between Pack right handers, Shipley and Jameson.
The right handed Levine made four midweek starts and appeared in 10 games as a junior. He was 0-2 with a 5.87 ERA and should see most of his time in middle relief or as a midweek starter
Timko, one of three left handed pitchers on the roster, was 4-0 with 4.91 ERA as a freshman and is looking to earn the spot as the Pack's fourth starter. The four wins ranked third on the squad, two came in relief and two in midweek starts.
Bradshaw is 6-4, 180-pound right hander that spent the past two seasons at Linn-Benton College in Albany, Ore. An NWACC Southern Region Selection he was 5-3 with 1.91 ERA pitching 71.1 innings. He struck out 42 and walked just 19.
Another of the big right handers is the 6-5, 200-pound Reece, who played his pre baseball at Roseville High School in Roseville, Calif. Twice he earned All-Sierra Foothill League honors.
The right-handed Prihar is the only returner that has a save to his credit. He earned the save when he retired the only two batters he faced with the bases loaded in top of the ninth of a 3-2 victory over LA Tech. His 22 relief appearances were tied with Blueberg for second on the team. The Reno native was 1-1 with a 4.42 ERA pitching 18.1 innings.
Blueberg is also right handed and was 1-3 with a 5.09 ERA in his 22 relief appearances tossing 23 innings. He struck out 23 and walked 10 his freshman year.
Gordon is one of three lefties on the team and the only one that will begin the year coming out of the bullpen. In 16 relief appearances he did not have a decision and posted a 6.28 ERA in 14.1 innings on the mound.
Six newcomers are slated to begin the season working out of the bullpen. Transfers Ryan Baker and Brent McMinn will be joined by freshman Beau Cullen, Michael Fain, Jeff Hardy and Adam Whit in the Nevada bullpen.
Baker spent the last two seasons at the College of Southern Nevada. As a starter last season he was 9-3 with 5.01 ERA pitching 70 innings.
The 6-2, 190-pound McMinn attended Cisco Junior College in Texas and played on year at Pacific.
The right handed Cullen was a three-year letterwinner at Reno's Galena High School. The 6-3, 205-pound freshman was 7-1 with a 1.26 ERA in 58 innings on the mound his senior year.
Fain is a 6-6, 185-pound right hander that will work in middle relief his freshman year. A two-time all-conference selection he pitched for Clovis High School in Clovis, Calif.
Another righty working out of the bullpen, Hardy pitched at Homestead High School in Cupertino, Calif. Twice he was the team MVP and earned honorable mention all-league honors as a senior.
A common theme with Pack pitching staff is big right handers, and Whitt is another one at 6-3, 205-pounds. The local product went 8-4 with a 3.24 ERA his senior year at Carson City High School in Carson, Nev.
The season opening weekend is a four game series with Kansas in Mesa, Ariz., at Hohokam Stadium, Feb. 15-18. Hohokam Stadium is the spring training facility of the Chicago Cubs.
Northern Illinois travels to Reno for a four-game series the end of February. After a midweek game at Sacramento State, Holy Cross is at Peccole Park for three games to begin March.
A five-game road swing starts with a Tuesday game at Pacific, followed by three games at Utah Valley and another Tuesday at UC Davis.
MW play gets underway for the Pack at home versus Air Force Mar. 15-17. Nevada then travels to UNM, is home versus Fresno State, at SDSU and at UNLV the next four weekends to reach the halfway point of the MW season.
The Pack plays UNM at home Apr. 19-21 to begin the second round of MW play. A trip to AF is followed by hosting SDSU and UNLV before closing out the regular season at Fresno State.
The MW season-ending tournament is May 22-26 at Fresno State's Pete Beiden Field.
Nevada will play 10 midweek games against five opponents during the season. The Pack plays home-and-home single games with Sacramento State, Pacific, UC Davis, San Francisco and St. Mary's.