Nevada Opens MW Play Hosting Air Force this Weekend
March 14, 2013
NEVADA HOSTS AIR FORCE AT USF
NEVADA ON RADIO: Nevada baseball can be heard on ESPN Radio 1450 AM with Hall of Fame announcer Don Marchand calling the action this week.
NEVADA OPENS MW PLAY: After competing the last 12 seasons in the Western Athletic Conference a new ear begins on Friday when Nevada opens play in the Mountain West with Air Force at Peccole Park. The Wolf Pack earned a share of its first WAC title last season and is seeking its first title in the MW.
He ranks second in four categories; slugging percentage (.869), on base percentage (.507) and home runs (6) and total bases (53). His .410 batting average ranks third in the MW while his 25 hits and 16 runs scored is tied for third. The Pack infielder’s 11 runs scored is tied for fifth.
Senior outfielder Brooks Klein is also fifth in triples (3), 57th in toughest to strikeout (20.3 ab) and 73rd in on base percentage (.500).
The Pack also pitchers appear in the national rankings. Freshman Michael Fain is 16th with four saves. Junior Bradey Shipley ranks 18th with 33 strikeouts, is 55th with 10.73 strikeouts per nine innings and is 15th with four starts. Sophomore lefty Tyler Wells is 27th with three wins and 15th with four starts.
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. At Pacific he recorded his fourth save of the season pitching 1.1 scoreless innings. His fifth save came at UC Davis when he retired the side in the bottom of the ninth which included two strikeouts.
Shipley struck out 10 in eight innings at home versus Northern Illinois to earn his first win of the season and 10 in 6.2 innings in a no decision in his last start at Utah Valley. In his other two outings he had six and seven strikeouts. He ranks second in the MW and 18th nationally with 33 strikeouts. His career-high of 12 strikeouts came last season at Hawai`i.
No known as a strikeout pitcher Wells had a career-high nine in his last start at UVU over 6.2 innings to earn his third win of the season. The three wins leads the Pack, is tied for first in the MW and 27th in the nation.
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 261.2 career innings pitched ranks eighth at Nevada with Matt Rainer (1998-00) seventh with 265.1. In 49 games his record is 19-12 with a 3.99 ERA. Twice his freshman year he earned saves.
He had made 38 consecutive 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 returned to the rotation the next weekend starting the first game of the Utah Valley series.
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.
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.
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 11 games and earned five starts, four starts at first base and one at designated hitter. He is batting .412 with two doubles, a home run and four 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.
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.