May 2, 2012
Nevada At Seattle This Weekend: Nevada (25-19, 7-5 WAC) takes a break from Western Athletic Conference play this weekend to play a three-game series at Seattle University (19-19). Friday's game is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue, Wash. Saturday's first pitch is slated for 2 p.m. and Sunday at noon.
Nevada leads the series with the Redhawks 8-1 and won two of the three meetings last season in Reno.
Powers Earns 900th Victory: Nevada's 10-5 victory over San Francisco on April 17 was the 900th for Wolf Pack head coach Gary Powers. All of Powers wins have come in his 30 seasons directing the Nevada baseball program. His now 905 victories ranks 21st among active NCAA I coaches.
Escobar And Jameson Earn WAC Honors: Nevada catcher Carlos Escobar Jr. and pitcher Tom Jameson have been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for April 23-29.
Escobar Jr., a junior from Northridge, Calif. (Chatsworth HS), hit .429 (6-for-14) with five runs scored, two doubles, two home runs and six RBI in four starts last week as the Wolf Pack went 3-1. Escobar Jr's on base percentage was .467 and he had a slugging percentage of 1.000. He had hits in three of four games and multiple hits in two of the contests. Escobar Jr. began the week going 3-for-4 with three runs scored, a double, two home runs and four RBI in a 15-4 win over Pacific. The three hits tied a career high, the two home runs in a game was a first for him, while the three runs scored and four RBI set career highs. In the first game of the Fresno State series on Friday, he was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a double , drove in a run and was intentionally walked once in the 8-2 victory. On Sunday with two outs, he singled in the only run of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Pack won 1-0 to take the series from Fresno State 2-1. Defensively, Escobar Jr. threw out two runners during the week that attempted to steal a base.
Jameson, a junior from Reno, Nev. (Reno HS), pitched his second career shutout allowing eight hits and three walks but no runs as Nevada defeated Fresno State 1-0 on Saturday to take the series from the Bulldogs 2-1. Jameson threw 121 pitches to earn his sixth win of the season. In his last two starts, Jameson has allowed one run in 17 innings. In WAC play, his conference-leading ERA now stands at 0.66 and on the season his ERA is now 1.84.
Jameson Nearing Top 10: Junior right-hander Tom Jameson is close to cracking a couple of Nevada's top 10 lists after his 11 starts this season. Jameson has 18 career victories and one more would tie Scott Anderson (1986-88), Mark Titchener (1986-88) and Brock Stassi (2008-11) for 10th all-time. His .692 career winning percentage is tied for 10th with Gary Kendrick (1973-74). He could end the season in the top 10 in ERA as his 1.84 would rank second best in a season and his career ERA of 3.60 is seventh best at this time in Pack history. The 10th ranked pitcher in Pack history in innings pitched is Chad Qualls (1999-00) who pitched 235.2 innings in his two seasons. Jameson is 18 back of catching Qualls for 10th.
Quality Starts: Nevada's weekend rotation of Bradey Shipley, Tyler Wells and Tom Jameson have combined to make 19 quality starts in their combined 33 starts. A quality start is pitching six or more innings and allowing three or less earned runs.
Shipley leads the team with eight in his 11 starts this season. He has quality starts in his last five outings and seven in his last eight games. The Pack is 7-4 in his 11 starts and 6-2 in his quality starts.
Jameson has seven quality starts in his 11 trips to the mound. He has made three quality starts in a row and five in the last six. The one in the last six that did not qualify came at New Mexico State when he pitched four scoreless innings but left the game with tightness in his forearm. Nevada is 8-3 when Jameson starts on the mound a perfect 7-0 in his quality starts.
The freshman Wells has four quality starts to his credit. Two of his quality starts came in the second and third weeks of the season. His last quality start was a victory over Louisiana Tech on Apr. 14 when he allowed three earned runs in 6.2 innings on the mound. Nevada is 5-6 when Wells has started a game and 4-0 in his quality outings.
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 pitched a perfect ninth inning on Tuesday versus St. Mary's to record his 10th save of the season which ties him with Rico Lagattuta (1995) and Tyler Graham (2010) for the best season in school history. His 16 career saves is now second to Lagattuta's 24.
Gardner's tops the WAC in saves and is 26th nationally.
Team Notes: The Wolf Pack is 25-19 and 7-3 in its last 10 games ... Nevada's 25 wins is one more than all last year when the team finished 24-31 ... Nevada's 50 double plays leads the WAC and ranks eighth nationally ... Nevada's RPI of 66 is the second highest in the WAC behind NMSU's 21 according to the NCAA ... Of the Pack's 20 home runs 10 have been solo shots of which four lead off an inning ... Nevada swept a series for the first time this year taking all three WAC games at home from LA Tech ... In Nevada's 15-4 victory over Pacific (4/24) the Wolf Pack scored a season-high 15 runs on a season-high 20 hits, of the 20 hits nine went for extra bases, four doubles, three triples and two home runs ... The Pack's 36 total bases vs. Pacific (4/24) is tied with NMSU for the most in a game by a WAC team this season ... Nevada's 23 triples is nearly three times as many as the next closest team in the WAC as Sacramento State and New Mexico State have eight each ... In the latest NCAA rankings Nevada is seventh in triples and triples per game ... The Pack is 1-2 in extra inning contests, 10-9 in one-run games and 9-7 in games decided by five or more runs ... Nevada is tied for second in hitting (.290), ranks fourth in pitching (4.05) and is tied for third in fielding (.971) in the WAC ... After 12 WAC games Nevada is third in hitting (.276), second in ERA (3.78) and fifth in fielding (.968) 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 eight-of-11 three-game series this year and two-of-four in WAC play ... Nevada's eight 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 tied for the fourth longest -streak in the WAC this year ... Klein's eight home runs is tied the third most in the WAC and has the Pack's only grand slam of the season vs. USF (4/17) ... Klein tops the WAC in slugging percentage (.617) and ranks in seven additional offensive categories in the conference ... Klein leads the Pack with 10 multiple RBI and 15 multi hit games ... Infielder Garrett Yrigoyen had a career-high four hits and four RBI in the Pack's game with Oregon State (4/10) .. Yrigoyen and Kyle Hunt lead the WAC with 12 sacrifice bunts ... Nevada has the top four players in the WAC in triples; Joe Kohan (5), Jay Anderson (4), Klein (4) and Yrigoyen (3) ... Anderson collected a hit in the first 11 games of the season and batted .310 (13-for-42) during the streak ... Anderson's 11-game streak is the third longest on the team and tied for eighth longest in the WAC 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 ... In WAC play Niebergall leads the conference in slugging percentage (.686) and doubles (7) while ranking in three additional offensive categories ... Freshman infielders Kyle Hunt and Austin Byler have each been hit by pitch a WAC high 15 times which is also tied for 29th nationally ... In WAC play Byler (6), Hunt (5), Yrigoyen (5) and Klein (3) are the top four in being hit by pitch ... Catcher Carlos Escobar hit two home runs in vs. Pacific (4/24) with one being inside-the-park ... Of Escobar's 37 hits 18 have gone for extra bases, 14 doubles and four home runs ... Escobar singled home Nevada's lone run in the seventh inning of the 1-0 victory over Fresno State ... 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 and tied for the sixth longest in the WAC ... Meyer's first home run came in the sixth inning of game 3 at Sac State which broke a scoreless tie as the Pack went on to win 9-1 ... Meyer had two triples against USF (4/17) which are his first at Nevada ... Brett Jones has started the last eight games at designated hitter after missing 15 games other than one at bat at Pacific (4/2) because of a leg injury ... Jones had reached base in 26 consecutive games played until going 0-for-3 in the final game vs. Fresno State ... Anderson reached base in 18 consecutive games and had a seven-game hit streak until his 0-for-3 day vs. SMC (5/1) on Tuesday ... Klein (15), Kohan (12), Byler (11), Jones (10), Yrigoyen (10) and Anderson (10) all have 10 or more multiple hit games.
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 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 7-3 with a 2.27 ERA ... Shipley leads the WAC in opponent batting average (.209), is second in ERA (2.27), is tied for first with seven wins, is tied for eighth with 67.1 innings pitched and is tied for fifth with 60 strikeouts ... Wells won his first game since Mar. 3 at UNLV in his outing vs. LA Tech (4/14) allowing four runs, three earned pitching 6.2 innings in the 7-4 victory ... Wells made his first relief appearance pitching a scoreless inning vs. SMC on Tuesday ... On the season Wells is 3-5 with a 6.35 ERA ... Jameson pitched his second career shutout as the Pack blanked Fresno State 1-0 in the final game of the series ... Jameson allowed eight hits and earned WAC Pitcher of the Week honors for his efforts against FS ... Jameson has been involved in two 1-0 games this season pitching seven scoreless innings in the 1-0 victory at UNLV (3/4) ... Jameson has won his last six decisions and is 6-1 with a 1.84 ERA ... Jameson did not allow a run until the ninth inning in his start at Sac State to earn his fifth win of the season ... Jameson's ERA of 1.84 tops the WAC, six wins is tied for fourth, .266 opponent batting average is 10th and 68.1 innings pitched is tied for sixth in the conference ... In his last nine starts Jameson is 6-1 with 1.41 ERA in 64 innings pitched ... Jameson (1.84) and Shipley (2.27) are first and second in the WAC in ERA and 31st and 77th in the country ... Jameson (0.66) and Shipley (1.61) are first and second respectively in WAC play in ERA ... Closer Matt Gardner is first in the WAC and 26th in the country with 10 saves ... Gardner earned saves in the final two games of the LA Tech series ... 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 sixth in the WAC with 19 appearances ... Eight Pack relievers have made 10 or more appearances out of the bullpen; Prihar (19), Gardner (18), Blueberg (18), Culligan (16), Kody Gorden (16), Jayson McClaren (15), Elliott Van Gaver (14) and Timko (12) ... Timko has started and won the last two Pack Tuesday games to improve to 4-0 on the season ... Timko's four wins is third on the team ... Troy Marks (5), Daniel Levine (4) and Timko (2) have combined to make Nevada's 11 midweek starts.
Scorekeepers Nightmares: In back-to-back Tuesday games with Oregon State on Apr. 10 and San Francisco on Apr. 17 the teams combined to use 83 players. 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 were surpassed in the 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.
In the Tuesday game with Pacific on Apr. 24 the teams combined to use 38 players. Nevada played 21 and the Tigers 17.