March 6, 2013
NEVADA AT UTAH VALLEY AND UC DAVIS
Nevada (9-4) travels to Orem, Utah to play a three-game series at Utah Valley University (6-7) starting on Thursday. The Wolf Pack has won a season-high four in a row. The Pack and Wolverines have met 20 times on the diamond but this will be the first games played away from Nevada's Peccole Park. Tuesday the Pack conclude a five-game road trip at UC Davis (6-7). The Pack has won the last eight meetings with the Aggies.
Upcoming Nevada Games
Thur., Mar. 7 - at Utah Valley University - Orem, Utah - Brent Brown Ballpark - 3 p.m. PT
Fri., Mar. 8 - at Utah Valley University - Orem, Utah - Brent Brown Ballpark - 3 p.m. PT
Sat., Sat., Mar. 9 - at Utah Valley University - Orem, Utah - Brent Brown Ballpark - 11 a.m. PT
Tue., Mar. 12- at UC Davis - Davis, Calif. - Dobbins Baseball Stadium - 2:30 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
Record: 9-4 MW: 0-0
Head Coach: Gary Powers (Nevada, 1971)
at Nevada: 921-734-5 (31st season)
Career Record: same
Powers vs. UVU: 16-4
Powers vs. UCD: 33-12
UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY WOLVERINES
Record: 5-7 Great West: 0-0
Head Coach: Eric Madsen (Bellevue, 2003)
at UVU: 146-93 (Fifth season)
Career Record: same
UC DAVIS AGGIES
Record: 6-7 BWC: 0-0
Head Coach: Matt Vaughn (UCDavis, 1992)
at UCD: 33-37 (3rd season)
Career Record: same
Upcoming Games: vs. CSU Bakersfield, Mar. 8-10
Nevada opens Mountain West play for the first time hosting Air Force for a three-game series at Peccole Park, Mar. 15-17.
NEVADA ON RADIO: Nevada baseball can be heard on ESPN Radio 1450 AM with Alex Margulies calling the action this week.
LIVE STATS: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/m-basebl/sched/unv-m-basebl-sched.html
WOLF PACK ON THE INTERNET: Nevada baseball can be heard over the internet at NevadaWolfPack.tv for a nominal fee.
HOME VIDEO STREAMING: Video for home games will be streamed on the internet for a fee at
FOUR IN A ROW, BEST START SINCE 1999: Nevada has won four in a row to improve to 9-4 on the season. The Wolf Pack is off to its best start since 1999. The 1999 squad also went 9-4 and lost its next game to go 9-5 after 14 games. On the season the 1999 squad was 38-20 and finished second in the Big West with a 21-9 mark. The 2013 squad would have a long way to go to catch the 1996 team that began the year 20-4.
UTAH VALLEY FREE VIDEO STREAM: All three games of the Utah Valley University series will be streamed for free at www.uvu.edu/uvutv or link through http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/m-basebl/sched/unv-m-basebl-sched.html.
BYLER IN THE MW: Nevada third baseman Austin Byler ranks in the top 10 in 10 offensive categories in the MW. Byler leads the conference with 17 RBI, 35 total bases and is tied for first with three home runs. He also ranks second in slugging percentage (.745), third in batting average (.383), fourth in on base percentage (.474), is tied for sixth with 10 runs scored, is tied for fifth with 18 hits, is tied for third with two triples and is tied for eighth with seven walks.
BYLER NAMED MW PLAYER OF THE WEEK: COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Nevada third baseman Austin Byler earned Mountain West Baseball Player of the Week honors for games played from Feb. 25-March 4, 2013. It is the first MW for Byler and a Nevada baseball player.
Byler, a sophomore from Peoria, Ariz., hit .615 (8-of-13) for the week as the Wolf Pack went 3-1, including a series win against Holy Cross. Byler came off the bench in Tuesday's 4-1 loss at Sacramento State before starting against the Crusaders on Saturday. He delivered game-winning hits twice in the Holy Cross series. In Game One of Saturday's doubleheader, Byler was 3-of-3 with three RBI, a run scored and two doubles in the 8-1 victory. His three-run homer in the eighth inning of Game Two was the game-winner (12-10) for the doubleheader sweep. Byler finished Game Two hitting 4-of-5 with nine RBI, three home runs, a double and three runs score. In the series finale, Byler provided a game-winning bases-loaded RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to seal the 7-6 victory. It was his only hit of the game after being walked twice. He finished the week with a slugging percentage of 1.538 and on-base percentage of .706.
FAIN SHINES: Freshman hurler Michael Fain has made the most of his six appearances in his first season in the Silver & Blue. Fain has been involved in six of the Pack's nine victories with two wins and four saves.
In the Kansas series he was key in both Nevada victories over the Jayhawks. In game two he worked out of a no out bases loaded jam in the ninth to earn the save in the 2-1 Pack win. In the final game he pitched the final three innings of the game to earn his first victory at Nevada.
In game four of the Northern Illinois series he retired the side in the top of the ninth inning to record his second save. In game two against Holy Cross he pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the save and in the series finale retired the only two hitters he faced to earn his second win. On Tuesday at Pacific he recorded his fourth save of the season pitching 1.1 scoreless innings.
MEYER HOMERS TWICE: Sophomore first baseman Kewby Meyer homered twice in the Northern Illinois series. Meyer's first home run was the Pack's first of the season and first of his career at Peccole Park. The homer was a two-run shot in the bottom of the fifth in the first game of the NIU series. His second home run was a two-run shot in the bottom of the eighth inning in the series finale versus the Huskies that broke a 1-1 tie as the Pack prevailed 3-1. After hitting one home run all last season he has a career-high two in his second season.
SHIPLEY 2-0: After a no decision in the season opener versus Kansas, junior pitcher Bradey Shipley has been on a roll the last two games earning his first two wins of the season. The right hander is 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA after 21 innings. He has 23 strikeouts and walked just six after three trips to the mound.
Against Kansas he struck out six in six innings and allowed four runs on five hits in a no decision. At home versus Northern Illinois he allowed one run on four hits and struck out 10 in eight innings to earn his first victory of the season. In his latest outing versus Holy Cross he struck out seven, allowed six hits and one run in seven innings to record his second win of the year.
His career record stands at 12-4 with a 2.78 ERA. In 129.2 innings pitched he has struck out 124 and walked 55.
JAMESON OUT OF THE PEN: Senior Tom Jameson had made 38th consecutive career starts until working out of the bullpen in the Holy Cross series. Jameson tossed two innings against HC and allowed three runs on five hits. He is scheduled to make the start on Thursday to begin the series at Utah Valley.
Jameson's 38 consecutive starts was a combination of two starts this season and 15 in each of the previous two years. As a freshman he made nine starts which included the final six games of the season.
The Reno High School product is tied for 10th in school history with 19 wins with Kody Kosman (1992-93) and Matt Rainer (1998-00) tied for eighth with 20. His 258.2 career innings pitched ranks eighth at Nevada with Matt Rainer (1998-00) seventh with 265.1. In 48 games his record is 19-11 with a 3.86 ERA. Twice his freshman year he earned saves.
NEW PLAYERS: In 13 games all 35 players on the roster have seen action. Of the 35 players, 15 are first year players in the program. Of the 15 new players, seven are position players and eight pitchers.
THEROUX BREAKS HAND: Freshman catcher Collin Theroux broke a bone in his right hand in the second game of the Kansas series in Mesa, Ariz. Theroux was run over by the Kansas player at home plate and suffered the injury. He will remain in a cast the next four weeks and then be reevaluated.
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.
SHIPLEY PRESEASON MW SELECTION: Junior right-hander Bradey Shipley was selected to the preseason MW Coaches team. Shipley, the 2012 WAC Pitcher of the Year, went 9-4 with 2.20 ERA in 98.1 innings on the mound. He struck out 88 and walked 40.
HERNANDEZ RETURNS: Senior first baseman Hugh Hernandez missed all but five games last season with injury and received a medical redshirt. Hernandez has played in eight games and earned five starts, four starts at first base and one at designated hitter. He is batting .429 with two doubles and three RBI.
In his first start of the season at first base in game 2 versus Kansas, Hernandez was outstanding defensively. He made two great plays with the glove to start double plays including a key 3-2-3 in the top of the ninth with the bases loaded. In the fourth he cut down a runner at home on a chopper to end the scoring threat. He was also involved in another double play as the Pack turned three in the game.
TEAM: Nevada has won a season-high four in a row ... In the Mar. 3 NCAA rankings the Pack ranks 18th with 26 doubles, is 11th with seven triples, is 21st with 58 walks and 26th with 12 double plays ... The Pack lead the MW in fielding (.988), rank third in hitting (.288) and sixth in ERA (5.29) ... Nevada tops the MW with seven home runs, seven triples and is third with 28 doubles ... The Pack's 42 extra base hits also tops the league ... Nevada has committed a MW low six errors.
HITTING: Third baseman Austin Byler and outfielder Brooks Klein hit safely in the first seven games of the season which is the longest hit streaks of the year by a Pack player, both hit in the final three games last making the hit streaks 10-games ... Byler ranks 30th in home runs, 56th in hits and 73rd in batting average nationally ... Klein's three triples is 21st in NCAA I and tops in the MW ... Byler hit 3 home runs and drove in nine in Nevada's 12-10 victory over Holy Cross ... Byler hit .875 (7-for-8) in the Holy Cross doubleheader with three doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI ... Nevada has three hitters in the top 20 in the MW, Byler is third at .383, Klein ranks 12th at .358 and first baseman Kewby Meyer is 17th at .350 ... Byler tops the conference with 17 RBI, 35 total bases and is tied for first with three home runs ... Shortstop Kyle Hunt has reached base in the last eight games and designated hitter Brett Jones the last six ... Meyer's current five-game hit streak is the longest active streak on the team, Klein has hit in the last three ... Klein's six multi hit games tops the team ... Jamison Rowe has batted leadoff nine times and Jay Anderson four times ... Klein is the only player to start every game all coming in right field.
PITCHING: Freshman reliever Michael Fain is tied for first in the conference with four saves ... Fain along with starters Bradey Shipley and Tyler Wells is 2-0 ... Relievers Sean Prihar, Colby Blueberg and Kody Gorden are all 1-0 ... Shipley's 23 strikeouts ranks 29th nationally and is tied for second in the MW ... Fain is 20th in NCAA I in saves ... Fain tops the Pack and is tied for first in the conference with seven appearances ... Nevada is 3-0 when Wells and Reece start on the mound and 2-1 when Shipley starts a game ... Blueberg won his first game of the year pitching 2.2 scoreless innings of relief at Pacific.