Nevada Hosts New Mexico State in WAC Home Opener
Game Four at Fresno State Canceled: The Wolf Pack's final game of its WAC-opening series at Fresno State was canceled due to the passing of University of Nevada President Milton Glick.
Stassi Becoming an On-Base Machine: Stassi drew six walks and posted a .667 on-base percentage vs. UNLV (3/4-3/6) and has reached base in all but two of the Pack's 31 games this season ... Stassi has the fifth highest on base percentage in the WAC at .466 and ranks 17th in hitting with a .317 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 fifth best in the conference ... his 25 walks to 22 strikeouts is the best ratio on the team.
Kohan Heating Up at the Plate: Junior Joe Kohan has been hot at the plate as of late and has the ninth best average in the WAC at .360 ... his three triples are tied for the most in the conference ... he also ranks seventh in slugging (.559), 10th in hits (40), eighth in total bases (62), sixth in hits per game (1.29), second in triples per game (0.10), and is leading all hitters in WAC play with a .583 average in three games ... Kohan hit .400 (6-for-15) with three runs scored, three walks, two doubles, a grand slam and seven RBI the week of Apr. 4-11 to earn WAC Hitter of the Week honors ... 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 ... broke up a no-hitter with two outs in the ninth at UCSB (3/19) with an RBI double ... hitting .500 (8-for-16, 2B, RBI) in last four games.
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 10th ... 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 ... 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 11-20 and has won six of its last 12 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 (.965) in the WAC ... Nevada has hit 18 home runs to its opponents 13 this year ... the Wolf Pack has caught a WAC-leading 21 runners stealing ... Nevada hitters have struck out 220 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 .295 this season ... he has 23 hits and 14 RBI in 78 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 seventh in the WAC and his .526 slugging percentage is eighth best ... 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 11 runners stealing good for second most in the WAC ... senior IF/OF Brian Barnett's three home runs are tied with Nick Melino and Joe Kohan for second most on the team ... Barnett has a .983 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 31 games for the Pack ... Stassi hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth vs. SFSU (4/12) tied the game and led to a ninth inning win ... hit .364 (4-for-11), 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RB in three games at Fresno State ... his eight multi-hit games are third most on the team ... Barnett has appeared in 24 of the Pack's 31 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 Fresno State series, two in the right field and one at designated hitter ... Yrigoyen leads Nevada with five stolen bases in seven 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) ... his eight game hit streak was snapped after going 0-4 with a walk vs. UC Davis (4/4) ... Melino leads Nevada with 138 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 .262 with 22 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 ... Braden Shipley is hitting .233 with 17 hits in 73 at-bats ... he's hitting an impressive .500 (4-for-8) in conference play ... he has hit three doubles, drove in three runs and has drawn eight walks ... Curtis Frisbie is becoming the everyday starting centerfielder and is batting .270 and has posted a .386 on-base percentage ... his five doubles are tied for fourth most on the team.
ON THE MOUND: RHP Tom Jameson, RHP Jeremy Cole, RHP Troy Marks and LHP Brock Stassi are the probable starters for this weekend ... Jameson earned a no-decision in his last start vs. Fresno State (4/8) giving up three earned runs on seven hits and three walks in 5.2 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 ... 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 2-3 record and the 10th lowest ERA in the conference at 3.86 in 37.1 innings in eight appearances ... tagged with the loss in his last start pitching four innings and giving up four runs on seven hits and one walk ... earned his second win of the season vs. Seattle (4/10) turning in five innings of one-hit relief of starter Brock Stassi and struck out a season high five hitters... got his first win of the season vs. UC Davis (4/4) giving up two runs and seven hits over a season-high seven innings ... Troy Marks is 0-3 with the 13th lowest ERA in the WAC at 4.28 ERA in nine appearances this season ... Marks has held batters to a .205 batting average which is second best and 25 hits allowed are the fewest and 19 runs allowed are the fourth fewest among all qualifying pitchers in the conference ... Marks has struck out 27 hitters ... 13 of Marks' 27 strikeouts have been looking, which is the seventh highest amount in the WAC ... Marks suffered the loss in his last start giving up four runs (three earned) on seven hits and striking out seven in seven innings at Fresno State (4/16) ... struck out two hitters in a scoreless, hitless inning vs. San Francisco State (4/12) ... 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 ... 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 ... LHP Brock Stassi was slated to start Sunday's game at Fresno State which was canceled ... he 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 ... Mark 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 ... 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 ... 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 13 home runs this season ... Jayson McClaren has a 7.71 ERA in nine appearances this season ... pitched 0.2 innings of hitless ball at Fresno State (4/15) in his last appearance ... McClaren pitched three innings giving up four hits and three runs in a winning effort vs. Pacific (3/11) ... Tim Culligan pitched three scoreless innings in the first start of his career vs. UC Davis (3/8) ... Culligan has appeared in 10 games this year and earned his first win at Nevada vs. Pacific (3/8) ... Senior Tyler Rogstad has appeared in 12 games this year and has an ERA of 7.85 ... senior LHP Mat Keplinger's 14 appearances are a team-high and tied for sixth most in the WAC ... the Pack pitching staff has thrown a conference-low 18 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.