Nevada Hosts Seattle and San Francisco State
Wolf Pack-Aces Exhibition Raises $15,000 For Dugout Club: The University of Nevada and Reno Aces Baseball Club played the Silver City Classic, an exhibition game at Aces Ballpark Tuesday Apr. 5. The game marked the second year in a row the two teams played an exhibition contest just prior to the start of the Aces season and for the second time $15,000 was raised for the Nevada Dugout Club. The Aces won this year's game 9-3 and last year's 11-1.
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 24 of the Pack's games this season and hit safely in 20 of them ... his 34 hits are tied for seventh most in the WAC, .467 OBP is seventh best and .374 batting average in sixth best ... hit leadoff in the Pack's last four games in which Nevada is 3-1 ... he has 10 multi-hit games this year, recording two hits six 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 24 games this season ... Stassi has a .452 on-base percentage ... the 2010 second team All-WAC utility honoree has drawn 23 walks and been hit by two pitches this season ... his 23 walks are third best in the conference.
Gardner Flourishing in Closing Role: Matt Gardner's four saves are tied for third most in the WAC and he needs just two more to enter the top 10 all-time for most saves in a season at Nevada ... he 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 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 ... his fourth save came vs. Utah Valley (4/1) when he pitched a hitless ninth inning to seal a 5-4 victory ... he earned his first career victory vs. Utah Valley (4/3) when he struck out the side in the top of the tenth ... Gardner has given up only three hits and has not given up an earned run in 10.2 innings this year ... he has struck out 16 batters this year ... in his last five appearances, Gardner has pitched five innings, has not allowed a hit, struck out eight batters and is 1-0 with two saves.
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 8-16 after taking two of three from Utah Valley and defeating UC Davis (4/4) for the second time this year ... 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 (.261) and fifth in fielding (.965) in the WAC ... Nevada has hit 14 home runs to its opponents nine this year ... the Wolf Pack has caught a WAC-leading 19 runners stealing ... Nevada hitters have struck out 157 times, the second fewest amount of all WAC teams ...
AT THE PLATE: Catcher Carlos Escobar Jr. is hitting .317 this season ... he has 19 hits in 60 at bats ... Escobar hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot, at Washington (3/27) ... he homered in back-to-back games vs. Utah Valley (4/3) and UC Davis (4/4) ... the homer vs. UC Davis was Escobar's first career pinch hit home run ... junior Joe Kohan is batting .337 on the year ... senior IF/OF Brian Barnett's three home runs are tied for a team high with Escobar and Melino and tied for fifth most in the conference ... 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 24 games for the Pack ... Barnett has appeared in 16 of the Pack's 20 games, and had not played since the Pack took on UCSB (3/19) before hitting a pinch-hit single in Nevada 7-4 victory over UC Davis (4/4) ... Nick Melino leads Nevada with four stolen bases in six attempts ... Jamison Rowe and Garrett Yrigoyen have each stole two bases ... Escobar has caught a WAC-leading 11 runners stealing ... he has driven in nine runs in 62 at bats ... 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 ... he also hit a game-winning home run vs. Utah Valley (4/3) ... Melino hit .375 (6-for-16) with two home runs, two walks and six runs scored in his last four games the week of vs. Utah Valley (Apr. 3-5) and UC Davis (4/4) ... Melino is hitting .374 on the year and has reached base in all 24 games this season ... 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 .284 with 19 hits, one home run, six doubles and nine RBI ... Hernandez had an eight game hitting streak snapped when he popped out in a pinch hit appearance vs. UCSB (3/19) ... at the time, the streak was the longest by any Nevada player this season ... Escobar and Stassi are both currently on team-high nine game hit streaks ... Melino's eight game hit streak was snapped after going 0-4 with a walk vs. UC Davis (4/4) ... Stassi and Melino lead Nevada with 107 plate appearances ... his 23 walks to 17 strikeouts is the best ratio of any Nevada hitter ... Hernandez and Stassi have each hit a team-leading six doubles.
ON THE MOUND: RHP Tom Jameson, RHP Mark Joukoff and LHP Brock Stassi are the probable starters for this weekend ... Jameson got his second victory of the season in his last start vs. Utah Valley (4/1) giving up four earned runs, seven hits, and striking out three in five innings ... he had gone three consecutive starts 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 seven earned runs in 26 innings in his last four starts after allowing 17 earned runs in only seven innings in his first three starts combined ... Joukoff earned a no-decision in his last start at Utah Valley (4/3) ... he held the Wolverines scoreless through the first two innings before running into trouble in the third ... the senior was pulled after facing one batter in the fourth with a final line of three innings, five hits, three strikeouts and four earned runs ... 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) ... in his start at Washington (3/27) he gave 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 first six starts he had not lasted six innings, the other 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 35.2 innings pitched this season ... LHP Brock Stassi will start Sunday's game and look to bounce back from his first loss of the season suffered vs. Utah Valley (4/2) ... Stassi lasted just 2.1 innings and gave up seven hits and seven earned runs to move to 0-1 on the year ... the defending WAC Pitcher of the Year 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 ... Troy Marks is 0-2 with a 4.94 ERA in eight appearances this season ... Marks has struck out 18 hitters ... 11 of Marks' 18 strikeouts have been looking, which is the fourth 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) ... he pitched the final two innings of Nevada's 7-4 victory over UC Davis (4/4), giving up two runs on four hits and one strikeout ... he threw four hitless innings, striking out three vs. Saint Mary's (3/23) ... he gave up one hit, no runs and no walks in 3.2 innings of relief at Washington (3/26) ... in three consecutive appearances vs. Pacific (3/13), vs. Saint Mary's (3/22) and at Washington (3/26) he gave up just two runs (one earned), two hits, three walks and struck out four in 10.2 innings ... Jeremy Cole has a 1-2 record in 28.1 innings in seven appearances ... Cole got his first win of the season in his last start vs. UC Davis (4/4) giving up two runs and seven hits over a season-high seven innings, lowering his ERA to 3.81 ... 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 game one of a double header at UCSB (3/19), giving up four runs (three earned) in 5.1 innings ... 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 nine home runs this season ... Jayson McClaren has a 7.02 ERA in seven 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 ... gave up two runs on five hits in his last appearance vs. Utah Valley (4/3) ... 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's 10 appearances are tied with Gardner for a team-high and tied for seventh most in the WAC ... the Pack pitching staff has thrown a conference-low 14 wild pitches this season.