Nevada Begins Eight Game Homestand Against Utah Valley University
Pack to Take on Reno Aces: The University of Nevada baseball team will play the Reno Aces Tuesday, April 5 at 6 p.m. in an exhibition game at Aces Ballpark. All proceeds go to the Nevada baseball program and tickets can be purchased for $10 at the Legacy Hall ticket office. The exhibition game will feature Aces pitchers and catchers playing for both teams, all players will use wood bats and pitchers will be on a pitch count. The Wolf Pack's roster will include outfielder Britton Murdock, a Reno High School graduate who is currently a senior on the Nevada softball team.
Barnett Hits 21st Career Home Run: Infielder/outfielder Brian Barnett hit his 21st career home run in the second game of the Wolf Pack's first home series of 2011 series vs. UNLV (3/5). The senior hit his 19th and 20th career blasts in the Wolf Pack's season-opening series at UC Irvine. Barnett hit 18 home runs last year in his first season at Nevada, tying him with Ben Mummy and Shawn Scobee for fourth most in a season in Nevada history.
Melino on a Tear: Junior Nick Melino has been hot at the plate in 2011 ... Melino has reached base safely in all 20 of the Pack's games this season and hit safely in 17 of them ... his 28 hits are tied for ninth most in the WAC, .460 OBP is eighth best and .373 batting average in sixth best ... he has seven multi-hit games this year, recording two hits three times and three hits four times.
Stassi Becoming an On-Base Machine: Senior Brock Stassi moved from the middle of the lineup to the leadoff spot at UC Davis (3/8)... Stassi drew six walks and posted a .667 on-base percentage vs. UNLV (3/4-3/6) and has reached base in all but one of the Pack's 20 games this season ... Stassi has a .432 on-base percentage ... the 2010 second team All-WAC utility honoree has drawn 18 walks and been hit by two pitches this season ... his 18 walks are sixth best in the conference.
TEAM: Nevada started the season 0-9 before defeating UC Davis (3/8) to earn its first win of the season ... the last time a Nevada team started 0-9 was in 1989 ... the 1989 squad also defeated UC Davis for their first win of the season ... the Pack finished 30-28 in 1989 ... the Wolf Pack is now 5-15 after dropping two of three at Washington ... the last time Nevada started a season 5-15 was 1977 when they finished 25-29 ... Nevada's six triples are fourth most in the WAC ... Head Coach Gary Powers is in his 29th season and is the longest tenured coach in the history of Nevada athletics ... Nevada ranks fifth in hitting (.253) and fifth in fielding (.963) in the WAC ... the Wolf Pack has caught a WAC-leading 15 runners stealing ... Nevada hitters have struck out 137 times, the second fewest amount of all WAC teams ... senior Brian Barnett has a .979 fielding percentage and has seen time at first base, second base, right field and in center field ... Joe Kohan, Garrett Yrigoyen, Nick Melino and Brock Stassi have started all 20 games for the Pack ... Brian Barnett has appeared in 16 of the Pack's 20 games, and has not played since the Pack took on UCSB (3/19) ... Jamison Rowe leads Nevada with three stolen bases ... Nick Melino and Garrett Yrigoyen have each stole two bases ... Carlos Escobar has caught a WAC-leading 10 runners stealing.
AT THE PLATE: Catcher Carlos Escobar Jr. is hitting .294 this season ... he has 15 hits in 51 at bats ... Escobar hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot, at Washington (3/27) ... junior Joe Kohan is batting .319 on the year ... senior IF/OF Brian Barnett's three home runs are a team high and tied for fourth most in the conference ... his nine RBI are a team high ... junior Nick Melino has hit five doubles this season and hit a go-ahead solo home run in the seventh inning against UC Davis (3/8) that ended up being the game winning run ... Melino went 9-16 with one home run, one double and six runs scored in four games the week of (Mar. 7-14) ... Melino is hitting .373 on the year and has reached base in all 20 games this season ... sophomore Cody Collins got his first hit and first RBI for Nevada at LMU (2/27) ... Collins hit a pinch hit single that drove in two runs in the ninth inning ... Nevada has hit seven home runs to its opponents four this year ... freshman outfielder Tommy Niebergall got his first career start and hit at UC Davis (3/8) ... Michael Turay went 3-4 against UC Davis (3/8) and had a season-high two RBI in the contest ... after starting the season in a 1-20 slump, first baseman Hugo Hernandez is hitting .286 with 16 hits, one home run, five doubles and seven RBI ... Hernandez had an eight game hitting streak snapped when he popped out in a pinch hit appearance vs. UCSB (3/19) ... the streak is the longest by any Nevada player this season ... Escobar, Melino and Brock Stassi are both currently on team-high five game hit streaks ... Stassi leads Nevada with a total 88 plate appearances ... he is the only Nevada hitter who has walked more times than he has struck out this year ... Melino, Hernandez and Stassi have each hit a team-leading five doubles.
ON THE MOUND: RHP Tom Jameson, LHP Brock Stassi and RHP Mark Joukoff are the probable starters for this weekend ... Tom Jameson is coming off his third consecutive start of pitching six or more innings and allowing just one earned run ... Jameson got the no-decision vs. Pacific (3/12) after going six innings and giving up six hits, two runs (one earned), two walks and striking out three ... he followed that outing with seven solid innings at UCSB (3/19) but earned a tough loss after giving up just one run on six hits and striking out a career-high eight Gaucho hitters ... the sophomore earned his first win of 2011 at Washington (3/25) allowing one run on eight hits in eight innings of work to move to 1-4 on the year ... Jameson has allowed three earned runs in 21 innings in his last three starts after allowing 17 earned runs in only seven innings in his first three starts combined ... defending WAC Pitcher of the Year LHP Brock Stassi made his return to the mound at Washington (3/26) ... Stassi was on a 50 pitch maximum pitch count and gave up five hits and two earned runs in 2.1 innings while earning a no-decision ... he struck out three hitters and walked none ... Mark Joukoff earned his first win of the season vs. Pacific (3/13) ... Joukoff lost a no hitter with two outs in the third inning and gave up three runs on six hits in six innings of work ... he went seven innings and gave up two earned runs against Cal (3/21) ... he faltered in his last start at Washington (3/27) giving up four runs (three earned) on three hits and five walks in 3.2 innings to move to 1-5 on the year ... it was only the second time in his six starts he had not lasted six innings, the last being his first start of the year at UC Irvine (2/20) ... he picked off a runner in his start at UC Irvine ... Joukoff leads the Nevada staff with 32.2 innings pitched this season ... Troy Marks is 0-2 with a 5.30 ERA in six appearances this season ... Marks has struck out 13 hitters ... nine of Marks' 13 strikeouts have been looking, which is the second highest amount in the WAC ... Marks earned the loss in his last start giving up five runs (three earned) in two innings at LMU (2/26) ... Marks threw four hitless innings, striking out three vs. Saint Mary's (3/23) ... in his last appearance at Washington (3/26) he gave up one hit, no runs and no walks in 3.2 innings of relief ... in his last three appearances vs. Pacific (3/13), vs. Saint Mary's (3/22) and at Washington (3/26) Marks has given up two runs (one earned), two hits, walked three and struck out four in 10.2 innings ... Jeremy Cole has an 0-2 record in 21.1 innings in six appearances ... he pitched 4.1 innings in relief of Mark Joukoff at Washington (3/27) allowing four hits and one run in 4.1 innings ... Cole lost in his last start, giving up four runs (three earned) in 5.1 innings in game one at UCSB (3/19) ... freshman RHP Braden Shipley has struck out five batters in 5.2 innings this season ... Shipley earned his first career win at Nevada vs. UC Davis (3/8) ... Nevada pitchers have allowed four home runs this season ... Jayson McClaren has a 6.75 ERA in six appearances this season ... McClaren pitched three innings giving up four hits and three runs in a winning effort vs. Pacific (3/11) ... McClaren pitched 2.2 innings in relief giving up two hits and one earned run in game one at UCSB (3/19) ... he pitched 0.2 innings at Washington (3/26) striking out one and walking two in his last appearance ... Matt Gardner earned his first career save at UC Davis (3/8) ... his second save came against Pacific (3/12) when he gave up no runs and no hits in one inning of work ... he earned his third save of the year in his last appearance at Washington (3/25) when he gave up no runs, no hits and struck out two in Nevada's 2-1 victory over the Huskies ... Gardner has given up only three hits and has not given up an earned run in 8.2 innings this year ... he has struck out 12 batters this year ... Tim Culligan pitched three scoreless innings in the first start of his career vs. UC Davis (3/8) ... Culligan earned his first win at Nevada vs. Pacific (3/8) ... senior LHP Mat Keplinger leads the Nevada and is tied for sixth most appearances in the WAC with nine ... the Pack pitching staff has thrown a conference-low 12 wild pitches this season.