Nevada Opens WAC Play at Fresno State
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.
Joe Kohan Named WAC Hitter of the Week (Apr. 4-10): Kohan helped the Wolf Pack to a 3-1 record last week with a win over UC Davis (4/4) and two wins against Seattle ... Kohan hit .400 (6-for-15) with three runs scored, three walks, two doubles, a grand slam and seven RBI ... he had two hits in each of the first three games of the week ... in the second game of the Seattle series (4/9), Kohan hit a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning to pull the Pack within a run as the team rallied for the 11-10 victory ... he started all four games at second base and did not commit an error, and had an on base percentage of .500 with a .733 slugging percentage on the week ... the junior is batting .333 on the year, with 14 walks, 33 hits, seven doubles, two triples and 19 RBI ... his .333 average is 10th best in the conference, his .535 slugging percentage is seventh best, 53 total bases are eighth most, and his two triples are tied for second most.
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 28 games this season ... Stassi has the fifth highest on base percentage a .475 on-base percentage and ranks 20th in hitting with a .312 average ... the 2010 second team All-WAC utility honoree has drawn 25 walks and been hit by four pitches this season ... his 25 walks are third best in the conference ... solo home run in the bottom of the eighth vs. SFSU (4/12) tied the game and led to a ninth inning win ... his 25 walks to 19 strikeouts is the best ratio on the team.
Gardner Flourishing in Closing Role: Matt Gardner's four saves are tied for sixth 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 ... has had a win or save in six of Nevada's 11 wins ... 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 ... his second win came against San Francisco State (4/12) ... Gardner has given up only four hits and has not given up an earned run in 11.2 innings this year ... he has struck out 16 batters this year ... in his last six appearances, Gardner has pitched six innings, allowed one hit, struck out eight batters and is 2-0 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 11-17 and has won six of its last eight games ... Nevada's nine triples are third 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 sixth in hitting (.256) and fifth in fielding (.966) in the WAC ... Nevada has hit 18 home runs to its opponents 10 this year ... the Wolf Pack has caught a WAC-leading 20 runners stealing ... Nevada hitters have struck out 188 times, the third fewest amount of all WAC teams ... the Pack is 9-6 at Peccole Park and has 12 home games remaining on the schedule ... Nevada is 7-4 in one run games and 7-0 when leading after eight innings.
AT THE PLATE: Catcher Carlos Escobar Jr. is hitting .304 this season ... he has 21 hits and 14 RBI in 69 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 ... his team-leading fourth home run was a game-winner vs. Seattle (4/10) ... his four home runs are also tied for sixth in the WAC ... his career-high 11 game hit streak was snapped after going 0-3 with a walk vs. San Francisco State (4/12) ... he has caught a WAC-leading 11 runners stealing ... senior IF/OF Brian Barnett's three home runs are tied with Nick Melino and Joe Kohan tied for second most on the team and eighth most in the conference ... Barnett has a .982 fielding percentage and has seen time at first base, second base, right field and in center field ... Kohan, Garrett Yrigoyen, Melino and Brock Stassi have started all 28 games for the Pack ... Barnett has appeared in 21 of the Pack's 28 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) ... Barnett started all three games of the Seattle series in right field and at second base vs. San Francisco State (4/12) ... Yrigoyen leads Nevada with five stolen bases in six attempts ... Jamison Rowe has stolen three bases and Melino has swiped four ... 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 four games the week of vs. Utah Valley (4/1-4/3) ... Melino's .321 average ranks 18th in the WAC in hitting ... he has been hit by eight pitches, the second most in the WAC ... Melino's eight game hit streak was snapped after going 0-4 with a walk vs. UC Davis (4/4) ... Melino leads Nevada with 126 plate appearances ... 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 .276 with 21 hits, one home run, six doubles, one triple 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.
ON THE MOUND: RHP Tom Jameson, RHP Jeremy Cole, RHP Mark Joukoff and LHP Brock Stassi are the probable starters for this weekend ... Jameson earned a no-decision in his last start vs. Seattle (4/8) giving up five earned runs on six hits and four walks in 5.1 innings of work ... he got his second victory of the season vs. Utah Valley (4/1) giving up four earned runs, seven hits, and striking out three in five innings ... before his last two starts 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 ... Jameson allowed three earned runs in 21 innings in three starts (3/12 , 3/19, & 3/25) after allowing 17 earned runs in only seven innings in his first three starts combined ... Jeremy Cole has a 2-2 record in 33.1 innings in seven appearances ... earned his second win of the season in his last appearance vs. Seattle (4/10) turning in five innings of one-hit relief of starter Brock Stassi ... struck out a season high five hitters in last appearance ... 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 ... Joukoff earned no-decisions in his last two starts vs. Seattle (4/9) and Utah Valley (4/3) ... against Seattle (4/9) Joukoff allowed five earned runs on seven hits and two walks in 2.2 innings, and avoided a loss when the Pack scored six runs in the ninth to defeat the Redhawks 11-10 ... he held Utah Valley (4/3) 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 gave up his first hit 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 a losing effort ... 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 and Jameson lead the Nevada staff with 38.1 innings pitched this season ... LHP Brock Stassi bounced back from his first loss of the season suffered vs. Utah Valley (4/2) by turning in a stellar performance vs. Seattle (4/10) ... the lefty struck out six in four shutout innings vs. the Redhawks to earn a no-decision in Nevada's 2-0 victory ... Stassi lasted just 2.1 innings and gave up seven hits and seven earned runs to move to 0-1 on the year vs. Utah Valley (4/2) ... 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 4.39 ERA in eight appearances this season ... Marks has struck out 21 hitters ... 11 of Marks' 21 strikeouts have been looking, which is the 10th 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) ... struck out two hitters in a scoreless, hitless inning in his last appearance vs. San Francisco State (4/12) ... held Seattle hitless through two innings in Nevada's 8-7 loss (4/8) ... 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 ... freshman RHP Braden Shipley has struck out nine batters in 7.2 innings this season ... Shipley earned his first career win at Nevada vs. UC Davis (3/8) ... started his first game of the season vs. San Francisco State (4/12) and earned a no-decision going two innings, allowing no runs , two hits and striking out four Gator hitters ... Nevada pitchers have allowed ten home runs this season ... Jayson McClaren has an 8.00 ERA in eight appearances this season ... gave up three earned runs in 1.1 innings of relief in last appearance vs. Seattle (4/9) ... 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) ... pitched 0.2 innings at Washington (3/26) striking out one and walking two ... gave up two runs on five hits 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 12 appearances are a team-high and tied for sixth most in the WAC ... the Pack pitching staff has thrown a conference-low 15 wild pitches this season.
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.