Nevada Heads to Ruston for Four Games
Stassi Named WAC Hitter of the Week: Brock Stassi has been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week for April 18-24. Stassi, a senior from Yuba City, Calif. (Yuba City HS), hit .562 (9-for-16) with four runs scored, four RBI, two doubles and was intentionally walked twice as Nevada swept a four-game WAC series from New Mexico State. Stassi finished the week with a .688 slugging percentage and a .611 on base percentage. The senior had multiple hits in all four games starting three contests at first base and the final game on the mound before moving to designated hitter. Stassi also earned his first win of the season on the mound, pitching 5.0 innings with four strikeouts.
Stassi Becoming an On-Base Machine: Senior Brock 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 35 games this season ... Stassi has the fifth highest on base percentage in the WAC at .483 and ranks ninth in hitting with a .350 average ... he's dominating conference play, leading the WAC in average at .481, second in slugging percentage at .630, third in on-base percentage .517, seventh in hits with 13 and is tied for third with four doubles ... the 2010 second team All-WAC utility honoree has drawn 27 walks and been hit by four pitches this season ... his 27 walks are fifth best in the conference.
Kohan Heating Up at the Plate: Junior Joe Kohan has been hot at the plate as of late and has the 11th best average in the WAC at .336 ... his three triples are tied for the most in the conference ... he also ranks seventh in slugging (.523), ninth in total bases (67), 10th in hits per game (1.23), second in triples per game (0.09), and is 10th in WAC play with a .345 average in seven 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.
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 15 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 six hits and has not given up an earned run in 13.2 innings this year ... he has struck out 18 batters ... in his last eight appearances, Gardner has pitched eight innings, allowed three hits, struck out 10 batters and is 2-0 with two saves ... pitched one scoreless inning in non-save situations vs. NMSU (4/22 & 4/23).
TEAM: Since starting the season 0-9, the Pack has gone 15-11 ... 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 15-20 and has won 10 of its last 16 games ... Nevada's 10 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 (.264) and fourth in fielding (.967) in the WAC ... The Wolf Pack leads the WAC in hitting at .296 and has the third lowest ERA at 3.70 in conference play ... the Pack's Nevada has hit 22 home runs to its opponents 14 this year ... the Wolf Pack has caught a WAC-leading 22 runners stealing ... Nevada hitters have struck out 239 times, the third fewest amount of all WAC teams ... the Pack is 13-6 at Peccole Park and has eight home games remaining on the schedule ... Nevada is 7-4 in one run games and 10-0 when leading after eight innings.
AT THE PLATE: Catcher Carlos Escobar Jr. is hitting .293 this season ... he has 27 hits and 14 RBI in 92 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 fourth home run was a game-winner vs. Seattle (4/10) ... his four home runs are tied with Nick Melino for a team-high ... 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 12 runners stealing good for second most in the WAC ... senior IF/OF Brian Barnett's three home runs are tied with Joe Kohan for second most on the team ... Barnett has a .986 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 35 games for the Pack ... Stassi hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth vs. SFSU (4/12) that tied the game and led to a ninth inning win ... hit .364 (4-for-11), 1 R, 2-2B, 1 RBI in three games at Fresno State ... his 12 multi-hit games are tied for most on the team with Melino and Kohan ... his .500 slugging percentage is ninth best in the WAC ... 12 doubles are tied for third most ... Barnett has played in 28 of the Pack's 35 games ... Barnett started all four games of the New Mexico State series, one in right field and three in center field ... Yrigoyen leads Nevada with five stolen bases in seven attempts and his six multi-RBI games are tied with Kohan for a team high ... Jamison Rowe has stolen three bases and Melino has swiped four ... Melino has hit eight 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 is tied with Stassi for the team-high in plate appearances at 155 ... 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 ... Hugo Hernandez is hitting .280 with 26 hits, one home run, seven doubles, one triple and 11 RBI ... Braden Shipley is hitting .247 with 21 hits in 85 at-bats ... he has hit three doubles, drove in eight runs and has drawn 11 walks ... hit his first career home run, a 3-run shot, vs. NMSU(4/22) ... he has the fourth highest average in conference play at .400 (8-for-20) ... Curtis Frisbie is batting .270 and has posted a .386 on-base percentage ... his five doubles are sixth most on the team ... senior Waylne SIng Chow hit his first career home run vs. NMSU (4/22), a solo shot in his first at-bat of the game.
ON THE MOUND: RHP Tom Jameson, RHP Jeremy Cole, RHP Troy Marks and LHP Brock Stassi are the probable starters for this weekend ... Jameson tossed a complete-game shutout in his last start vs. New Mexico State (4/21) giving up no runs on five hits, three walks and two strikeouts in nine 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 3-3 record and the eighth lowest ERA in the conference at 3.25 in 44.1 innings in eight appearances ... pitched a complete-game shutout in game one of last Friday's doubleheader vs. New Mexico State (4/22) in his last appearance ... 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 1-3 with the 13th lowest ERA in the WAC at 4.14 ERA in 12 appearances this season ... Marks has held batters to a .217 batting average which is second best in the conference, his 33 hits allowed are the fewest and 22 runs allowed are the seventh fewest among all qualifying pitchers in the conference ... Marks has struck out 35 hitters ... 18 of Marks' 35 strikeouts have been looking, which is the second highest amount in the WAC ... 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 earned his first win of the season vs. New Mexico State (4/23) holding the Aggies to two runs (one earned) and five hits in five innings ... turned in a stellar performance vs. Seattle (4/10) striking out six in four shutout innings vs. the Redhawks to earn a no-decision in Nevada's 2-0 victory ... the defending WAC Pitcher of the Year made his return to the mound at Washington (3/26) 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 pitched two innings of hitless, scoreless relief of Stassi vs. New Mexico State (4/23) ... 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 ... 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 11 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 15 appearances are a team-high and seventh most in the WAC ... the Pack pitching staff has thrown a conference-low 19 wild pitches this season ... the Nevada staff posted a 1.32 ERA in four games vs. New Mexico State last week.
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.
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.