April 18, 2012
April 18, 2012
Upcoming Nevada Games
Fri., Apr. 20 - at Sacramento State, Sacramento, Calif. (John Smith Field, 1,200) 2p.m.
Sat., Apr. 21 - at Sacramento State, Sacramento, Calif. (John Smith Field, 1,200) 1p.m.
Sun., Apr. 22 - at Sacramento State, Sacramento, Calif. (John Smith Field, 1,200) 1p.m.
Tue., Apr. 24 - Pacific, Reno, Nev. (Peccole Park, 3,000), 6 p.m.
all times Pacific
Nevada At Sacramento State This Weekend:
Nevada (20-16, 4-2 WAC) plays a three-game Western Athletic Conference series this weekend at Sacramento State's (20-18, 3-3 WAC) John Smith Field. The Wolf Pack swept LA Tech at home last week while the Hornets went 1-2 at home against New Mexico State.
Nevada leads the series with the Hornets 75-31 and is 16-9 against Sacramento State in WAC play. The Pack is 6-4 in WAC games played at Sacramento State. Last year Nevada won three of the four games played in Reno.
Powers Earns 900th Victory: Nevada's 10-5 victory over San Francisco on Tuesday was the 900th for Wolf Pack head coach Gary Powers. All of Powers 900 wins have come in his 30 seasons directing the Nevada baseball program. His 900 victories ranks 21st among active NCAA I coaches.
83 Players: In Nevada's last two Tuesday games the teams have combined to use 83 players. On Tuesday Apr. 10 in the game with Oregon State the Pack used 22 players and the Beavers 18 for a combined total of 40 Nevada used 10 pitchers and OSU six. The Beavers won 10-7 in 10 innings.
The 40 players was surpassed in the Apr. 17 Tuesday contest with San Francisco as 43 players took the field. Nevada once again had 22 players see action while the Dons played 21. Each team used seven pitchers in a game won 10-5 by the Pack.
Shipley Named WAC Pitcher of the Week: DENVER -Nevada pitcher Bradey Shipley has been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week, for April 9-15.
Shipley, a sophomore from Medford, Ore. (North Medford HS), pitched eight shutout innings to earn his sixth win of the season as the Pack defeated Louisiana Tech 3-2 on Friday. The eight innings are a career high in which he struck out five and walked two. Shipley did not allow a hit in his last four innings on the mound. All three hits allowed were singles and came in the first four innings of the game. No LA Tech hitter reached third base when Shipley was on the mound.
Gardner Closing It Out
Senior Matt Gardner has been the Pack's closer the last two seasons and will leave his mark on the Nevada record book when his career is completed. Gardner's nine saves leads the WAC and is 11th nationally. He saved the last two games of the LA Tech series and could have earned a save in all three but after two walks to start the ninth in the first game he was lifted from the game.
The nine saves are tied with Zak Basch (2003) for third best season in Nevada history. Rico Lagattuta (1995) and Tyler Graham (2010) top the list with 10.
Gardner's 15 career saves is tied for second in school history with Luke Drakulich (1996-99) while Rico Lagattuta's (1993-96) 24 tops the list.
Team Notes: The Wolf Pack is 20-16 and 5-5 in its last 10 games ... After dropping four in a row the Pack has won its last four ... Nevada swept a series for the first time this year taking all three WAC games at home from LA Tech ... Nevada's 17 triples is more than twice as many as any other WAC team as New Mexico State has seven ... In the latest NCAA rankings Nevada is 18th in triples and 22nd in triples per game ... The Pack is 1-2 in extra innings, 8-8 in one-run games and 6-6 in games decided by five or more runs ... Nevada ranks fourth in hitting (.284), pitching (4.07) and fielding (.969) in the WAC ... After six WAC games Nevada is fourth in hitting (.274), third in ERA (3.76) and seventh in fielding (.956) in conference play ... In the preseason coaches' poll Nevada and New Mexico State were picked to finish in a tie for fourth ... Nevada has won seven-of-nine three-game series this year, other than going 1-2 versus UC Irvine and New Mexico State ... Nevada's seven road wins this season is more than all last year when the Pack were 6-19 away from Reno.
At The Plate: Junior right fielder Brooks Klein hit .453 (24-for-53) during a 14-game hit streak that ended in game 2 vs. LA Tech and is the longest on the team this season and fourth longest streak in the WAC this year ... Klein's seven home runs is tied the third most in the WAC and is two more than Nevada's top home run hitter had all last year ... Klein hit Nevada's first grand slam of the season vs. USF (4/17) ... Klein has reached base in the last 17 games ... Infielder Garrett Yrigoyen had a career-high four hits and four RBI in the Pack's game with Oregon State (4/10) ... Yrigoyen tops in the conference in WAC play with eight runs scored and four times being hit by pitch ... Freshman outfielder Jay Anderson leads the WAC with four triples ... Anderson collected a hit in the first 11 games of the season and batted .310 (13-for-42) during the streak ... Klein and Joe Kohan are the only players to see action in all 36 games this season ... Outfielders Tommy Niebergall and Jamison Rowe both hit solo home runs in the first game at NMSU, for the sophomore Niebergall it was his first at Nevada and the junior Rowe his third ... Niebergall had five hits, all doubles in the LA Tech series ... Niebergall's three hits in game 2 vs. LA Tech were a career-high and all three were doubles ... ... In WAC play Niebergall leads the conference in slugging % (.895), doubles (5), total bases (17) and is third in batting average (.474) and RBI (6) ... Freshman shortstop Kyle Hunt returned to the lineup at NMSU after missing games with a leg injury ... Catcher Carlos Escobar has started the last 15 games behind the plate ... 1B/OF Kewby Meyer batted .366 (15-for-41) during a 12-game hit streak which is the second longest on the team this year ... Meyer had two triples against USF which are his first at Nevada ... Junior first baseman Brett Jones is hitting .358 but has not been in the regular lineup since the Mar. 24 game with LMU due to a leg injury.
On The Mound: Nevada has used the same weekend rotation all season; RHP-Bradey Shipley, LHP-Tyler Wells and RHP-Tom Jameson have started every series ... Shipley earned WAC Pitcher of the Week honors after tossing eight shutout innings vs. LA Tech (4/13) ... Shipley was the Pack's starting shortstop last season and earned second-team All-WAC honors but has turned his attention to the mound in his sophomore season and is 6-2 with a 2.36 ERA ... Shipley leads the WAC in opponent batting average (.191), is tied for first with six wins, is eighth with 53.1 innings pitched and is tied for fifth with 48 strikeouts ... Wells won his first game since Mar. 3 at UNLV in his last outing vs. LA Tech (4/14) allowing four runs, three earned pitching 6.2 innings in the 7-4 victory ... On the season Wells is 3-3 with a 5.14 ERA ... Jameson has won his last four decisions and is 4-1 with a 2.28 ERA ... Jameson has no decisions in his last two outings pitching four shutout innings at NMSU (4/7) but left with tightness in his forearm then allowed three runs, one earned run in 6.1 innings vs. LA Tech (4/15) ... Jameson surpassed 200 career innings pitched in his last start ... In his last eight starts Jameson is 4-1 with 1.72 ERA in 47 innings pitched ... Jameson (2.28) and Shipley (2.36) are second and third in the WAC in ERA ... Jameson (0.87) and Shipley (1.29) are fourth and fifth respectively in WAC play in ERA after two starts ... Closer Matt Gardner is first in the WAC and 11th in the country with nine saves ... Gardner earned saves in the final two games of the LA Tech series and the two saves is first in WAC play ... Sophomore Sean Prihar earned his first save retiring both hitters he faced in the top of the ninth inning vs. LA Tech (4/14) with the bases loaded ... Prihar leads the team and is tied for fourth in the WAC with 17 appearances ... Senior Tim Culligan and Gardner are tied for second on the team and sixth in the WAC with 16 appearances ... Seven Pack relievers has made 10 or more appearances; Prihar (17), Culligan (16), Gardner (16), Colby Blueberg (14), Jayson McClaren (13) and Barry Timko (13) ... Troy Marks (5) and Daniel Levine (4) have combined to make Nevada's nine midweek starts.