Nevada Makes First Trip To Air Force

Braden Shipley (5-2) returns to the mound on Friday at Air Force.

April 24, 2013

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Nevada (20-20, 7-11 MW) travels to Air Force (11-28, 4-14 MW) for a three-game Mountain West series in Colorado Springs.  The Wolf Pack won two of the three games played earlier this season in Reno.  The Pack is fifth in the MW standings at 7-11 while AF is sixth at 4-14

Upcoming Nevada Games
Fri., Apr. 26 - Air Force - Colorado Springs, Colo. - Falcon Field - 2 p.m. PT
Sat., Apr. 27 - Air Force - Colorado Springs, Colo. - Falcon Field - 12 p.m. PT
Sun., Apr. 28 - Air Force - Colorado Springs, Colo. - Falcon Field - 11 a.m. PT
Tue., Apr. 30 - Sacramento State - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park - 2 p.m. PT

UP NEXT:  The Pack begins a season-high eight-game homestand hosting Sacramento State on Tuesday.

    Record: 20-20 MW: 7-11
    Head Coach: Gary Powers (Nevada, 1971)
    at Nevada: 932-750-5  (31st season)
    Career Record: same
    Powers vs. AF: 2-1
    Powers vs. Sac State: 55-29

    Record: 11-28 MW: 4-14
    Head Coach: Mike Kazlausky  (Air Force,1991)
    at AF: 44-103 (Third season)
    Career Record: same    

Nevada leads the series 2-1 after take two of the three games played at Peccole Park earlier this season.  The Wolf Pack won 3-2 and 6-1 before dropping the final game 7-3.

    Record:  24-17  WAC: 8-7
    Head Coach: Reggie Christiansen (Menlo College, 1998)
    at Sac State: 74-84 (Third season)
    Career Record: 181-225 (Eighth season)
    Upcoming Games: host Louisiana Tech, Apr. 26-28

Nevada leads the series 74-39.  The Hornets won the first meeting earlier this season in Sacramento 4-1.  Last season the Wolf Pack dropped two-of-three regular season games at Sacramento State and lost 15-5 in the WAC Tournament to the Hornets.

NEVADA ON RADIO:  Nevada baseball can be heard on ESPN Radio 1450 AM with Hall of Fame announcer Don Marchand calling the action this week.  Pregame starts 15 minutes prior to first pitch.


The Last Meeting
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March 17, 2013
Reno, Nev.
Nevada's Four-Game Win Streak Snapped
RENO, Nev. -- The University of Nevada baseball team had its four-game winning streak end on Sunday, as it lost the final game of a three-game conference series to Air Force by a score of 7-3.

DRAWING A CROWD:  Nevada junior pitcher Braden Shipley has drawn a crowd at each of his nine starts this season.  It's not your normal crowd of fans but a crowd of Major League Baseball scouts and executives who are there to evaluate one of the top pitching prospects not just in college baseball but in all of baseball.  Baseball America ranked him 10th in their midseason 2013 draft top 50 as did ESPN.  His fastball has been clocked as high as 99 mph.

The right-handed Shipley is 5-2 with a 2.59 ERA, with has struck out 75 in 73 innings on the mound.  In Mountain West play his ERA of 2.38.  

The Medford, Ore. native earned second-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors as a shortstop as a freshman in 2011 but turned his attention to the mound as a sophomore.  After going 9-4 with a league leading 2.20 ERA and 88 strikeouts last season he was named the WAC Pitcher of the Year.  Pitching in the Alaska League last summer he was selected as the top prospect by Perfect Game.

NEVADA SLIPS TO FIFTH:  After dropping three games to Mountain West leading New Mexico last weekend, Nevada has slipped to fifth in the conference standings with a 7-11 record.  The Wolf Pack is one game back of Fresno State (8-10) and three games in front of this weekend's opponent Air Force (4-14).  

UNM (14-4) is three games in front of UNLV (11-7) while the Rebles are one game ahead of San Diego State (10-8).  There were three series sweeps in conference play last weekend.  UNM swept the Pack and UNLV took all three from SDSU.  FS won five games from Air Force which included two makeup games that were snowed out in Colorado Springs earlier this year.

BYLER AND KLEIN IN THE MW:   Nevada third baseman Austin Byler ranks in the top 10 in eight offensive categories in the MW and right fielder Brooks Klein ranks in seven.

Byler is second in home runs (8), slugging percentage (.628) and total bases (93).  He is third in batting average (.365) and RBI (37).  His .442 on base percentage ranks fourth and 54 hits is tied for fourth.  He is tied with Klein for fifth with three triples.

In addition to being tied for fifth in triples, Klein is eighth in total bases (74).  He is tied for 10th in slugging percentage (.490) and doubles (10).  Three home runs and 28 RBI are tied for seventh.  His 151 at bats ranks 10th.

NEVADA IN THE NCAA:   In the April 21, NCAA I statistical release Nevada ranks high in several categories.  The rankings do not include Tuesday's game with Pacific.

The Pack is 22nd in double plays (40), 23rd in double plays per game (1.03), 57th in triples (12), 71st in triples per game (.31), 56th in sacrifice bunts (56), 63rd in sacrifice flies (18), 42nd in home runs (24), 49th in home runs per game (.62), 73rd in walks (157) and 90th in slugging percentage (.388).

PACK PLAYERS IN THE NCAA RANKINGS:   In addition to Nevada ranking high in several team categories in the Apr. 24, NCAA I statistical rankings numerous players appear in several individual categories.  

Third baseman Austin Byler is 38th in home runs (8), 29th in total bases (93), 37th in slugging percentage (.628), 96th in triples (3), 83rd in RBI per game (.95) and 88th in hits (54).

Senior outfielder Brooks Klein is also 96th in triples (3).

Second baseman Scott Kaplan is 57th nationally with 28 walks and 47th averaging .78 walks per game.

Three Pack pitchers appear in the national rankings.  Freshman Michael Fain is 19th with nine saves.  Junior Braden Shipley ranks 14th with 75 strikeouts and 71st with 9.25 strike outs per nine innings.  Shipley's 6.78 hits allowed per nine innings is 81st.  

Shipley and sophomore lefty Tyler Wells are 21st with 10 starts on the season.  

ONE-TWO -PUNCH:  Nevada's one-two punch on the mound has been junior right-hander Braden Shipley and sophomore lefty Tyler Wells.  The two are a combined 9-5 on the season.  Shipley is fourth in the MW with a 2.59 ERA and Wells is 12th at 4.04.  In MW games Shipley is also fourth with a 2.38 ERA while Wells ranks 10th with a 4.50 ERA.  Shipley is tied for second in the MW with five wins and Wells is tied for sixth with four.  Shipley's three wins in conference play is tied for third.  Shipley boasts a MW best .199 opponent batting average in conference play and .212 on the season ranks fourth.

Nevada is just 5-5 in Shipley starts and 6-4 when Wells earns the start.  Twice the Pack bullpen has been unable to hold late inning leads for Shipley including a five run cushion in the ninth at New Mexico.  At SDSU Wells left with the lead but received a no decision.

Although Shipley is a junior both became starters in the Pack rotation in 2012.   Shipley pitched just 10.1 innings his freshman year and was the Pack's starting shortstop and earned second-team all-WAC honors as an infielder after batting .287 with 19 RBI.  As a sophomore he was 9-4 with a WAC low 2.20 ERA and was named the WAC Pitcher of the Year.  He was named the top prospect in the Alaska League last summer and the hard throwing right hander usually draws a crowed of scouts each start.  In his third season he is 15-6 with a 2.72 ERA, has 176 strikeouts, three complete games and has thrown 181.2 innings.  

Shipley has seven quality starts this season.  In his start at SDSU he allowed two runs on just three hits in a complete game 2-0 loss to the Aztecs.

Wells started last season 2-0 after three starts before going 1-5 in his next nine starts.  He pitched the majority of the season with an injury that was not disclosed until the season was over and required surgery.  A healthy Wells has given the Pack a more than solid number two starter behind Shipley.  Another similarity between the two is that Wells also took a few swings with the bat as a freshman and earned one start at first base.  His career record stands at 7-8 with 5.29 ERA.  He has 68 strikeouts in 117.1 innings on the mound.    

FAIN NAMED TO NCBWA WATCH LIST:  Freshman hurler Michael Fain has been named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year mid-season watch list.  Fain is one of 51 players on the list that will be given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA I baseball that will be selected for the ninth time this year.

Fain earned the closer job in his first season in the Silver & Blue.  Fain has been integral in 11 of the Pack's 20 victories with two wins and nine saves.   Fain's nine saves is tied for the fourth best season in school history with Zach Basch (2003) and is tied for the seventh best career total with Doug Van Tress (1988-91) and Basch (2003).

Fain leads the Mountain West in saves and is 19th nationally.  In MW play his four saves is tied for the conference lead.

In the Kansas series he was key in both Nevada victories over the Jayhawks.  In game two he worked out of a no out bases loaded jam in the ninth to earn the save in the 2-1 Pack win.  In the final game he pitched the final three innings of the game to earn his first victory at Nevada.

In game four of the Northern Illinois series he retired the side in the top of the ninth inning to record his second save.  In game two against Holy Cross he pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the save and in the series finale retired the only two hitters he faced to earn his second win.  

At Pacific he recorded his fourth save of the season pitching 1.1 scoreless innings.  His fifth save came at UC Davis when he retired the side in the bottom of the ninth which included two strikeouts.  Save number six came in the Pack's first MW victory, a 3-2 win over Air Force.  His seventh save came in the 3-2 victory at UNM when he pitched a scoreless ninth but had to work out of a jam and struck out the final batter with the bases loaded.  At UNLV he earned saves in both Nevada wins.  

Three times Fain has blown saves at Utah Valley and versus New Mexico, one at home and one on the road.

SHIPLEY K'S:  Junior Braden Shipley is second the MW and 14th nationally with 75 strikeouts.  In MW play Shipley is second with 42 strikeouts.  Three times this season Shipley has struck out 10 in a game. Shipley's lowest strikeout total of the season came at UNM when he had three.

Shipley struck out 10 in eight innings at home versus Northern Illinois to earn his first win of the season.  His second 10 strikeout outing was in a no decision in his start at Utah Valley pitching 6.2 innings and the third was 10 in a home loss to UNM.   In his other seven outings he had six, seven, eight, three, eight, five and eight strikeouts.  His career-high of 12 strikeouts came last season at Hawai`i.
JAMESON NEARING 300 INNINGS:  Senior Tom Jameson needs one out to reach 300 career innings pitched at Nevada.  Jameson is currently fourth with 299.2 innings pitched with Mateo Miramontes (2001-03) in third with 311.1  

Jameson won the 20th game of his career in a 5-4 victory at UNLV which moved him into a tie with Kody Kosman (1992-93) and Matt Rainer (1998-00) for eighth on Nevada's career victories list.  Next on the list is John Patton (1991-94) and Kevin Lake (1993-94) who have 21 each.

In 55 games his record is 20-15 with a 4.14 ERA.  Twice his freshman year he earned saves.

He had made 38 consecutive starts until working out of the bullpen in the Holy Cross series.  Jameson tossed two innings against HC and allowed three runs on five hits.  He returned to the rotation the next weekend starting the first game of the Utah Valley series.

Jameson's 38 consecutive starts was a combination of two starts this season and 15 in each of the previous two years.  As a freshman he made nine starts which included the final six games of the season.  

ROWE A THIEF:   Senior center fielder Jamison Rowe is second in the MW with 13 stolen bases and has swiped 13-of-15 this year.  Rowe was a perfect 10-for-10 stealing bases until getting caught on close play at second base in the series finale against Fresno State on Mar. 30.  Rowe was also caught in the final game of the series at SDSU.  The 13 steals is a career-high for the speedy outfielder.  His previous high was five his sophomore year and in his first three years at Nevada totaled 12 in 16 attempts.  Currently he is 25-for-31 in the Silver & Blue.

TOUGH LUCK SHIP:   Junior pitcher Braden Shipley is 5-2 on the season but twice left games in the late innings with the Pack leading only to earn no decisions.  At Utah Valley, Shipley left with Nevada on top 5-4 after 6.2 innings on the mound.  UVU scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to win 6-5.  At New Mexico he pitched seven innings and left with the Pack leading 8-3.  The Lobos scored six runs in the bottom of the ninth to take the game 9-8.  At SDSU he tossed his first complete game of the season and third of his career but was tagged with the loss allowing two runs on just three hits.  Nevada is just 5-5 when Shipley starts on the mound.

KLEIN STREAK ENDS:   Senior outfielder Brooks Klein has his streak of 63 consecutive starts come to an end at Utah Valley when he did not get the start on March 8.  Klein did pinch hit in the game and popped up to left field.  The pinch hit appearance kept alive his streak of playing in every game in his two seasons at Nevada.  He has played in 97 games with 95 being starts in his two seasons.  Another first in the UVU series was his first start other than in the outfield earning the nod at designated hitter and he went 3-for-4 with a run scored.




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