Nevada Hosts Second Place San Diego State This Weekend


Braden Shipley will take the mound on Friday night against San Diego State.


Braden Shipley will take the mound on Friday night against San Diego State.

May 2, 2013

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NEVADA HOSTS SAN DIEGO STATE AND ST. MARY'S
Nevada (22-22, 9-12 MW) hosts second place San Diego State (22-22, 12-9 MW) for a three-game Mountain West series at Peccole Park this weekend.  The Aztecs swept the Wolf Pack earlier this season in San Diego.  Current SDSU is three games ahead of the Pack in the MW standings with nine remaining.

Upcoming Nevada Games
Fri., May 3 - San Diego State - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park - 6 p.m. PT
Sat., May 4 - San Diego State - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park - 1 p.m. PT
Sun., May 5 - San Diego State - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park - 1 p.m. PT
Tue., May 7 - St. Mary's College - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park - 2 p.m. PT

UP NEXT:  Nevada closes out a season-high eight-game homestand hosting intrastate rival UNLV, May 10-12.  Sunday will be Senior Day at Peccole Park.

NEVADA WOLF PACK
    Record: 22-22 MW: 9-12
    Head Coach: Gary Powers (Nevada, 1971)
    at Nevada: 934-752-5  (31st season)
    Career Record: same
    Powers vs. SDSU: 6-8
    Powers vs. SMC: 35-33

SAN DIEGO STATE AZTECS
    Record: 22-22 MW: 12-9
    Head Coach: Tony Gwynn
    at SDSU: 312-333 (11th season)
    Career Record: same    

SDSU HISTORY WITH THE WOLF PACK
SDSU leads the series 8-6 after taking all three games in San Diego earlier this season.  The Pack has lost the last six games to the Aztecs.

SAINT MARY'S  GAELS
    Record:  17-27  WCC: 8-7
    Head Coach: Jedd Soto (University of Louisiana Monroe, 1996)
    at SMC: 209-275-3 (10th season)
    Career Record: same
    Upcoming Games: host San Diego, May 3-5

SMC HISTORY WITH THE WOLF PACK
Nevada leads the series 57-56 after defeating the Gaels earlier this season in Moraga, Calif. 10-6.  The Pack won the only meeting last season in Reno 6-5.  

The Last Meeting
Nevada1
San Diego State8
April 7, 2013
San Diego, Calif.
Pack Drop Series Finale 8-1 At SDSU
San Diego, Calif. - The University of Nevada baseball team dropped the final game of a three-game Mountain West series 8-1 to San Diego State at Tony Gwynn Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Wolf Pack lost all three games to the Aztecs and are now 17-14 overall and 5-7 in MW play. The Aztecs improved to 17-15 and 7-5 in conference action.

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.

LIVE STATS: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/m-basebl/sched/unv-m-basebl-sched.html

WOLF PACK ON THE INTERNET:  Nevada baseball can be heard over the internet at  NevadaWolfPack.tv for a nominal fee.

VIDEO STREAMING:  Video for home games will be streamed on the internet for a fee at NevadaWolfPack.tv

SHIPLEY NAMED TO GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD WATCH LIST:  University of Nevada junior right handed pitcher Braden Shipley is one of 60 collegiate baseball players named to the Golden Spikes Award watch list as announced by USA Baseball today.  The award goes to the top amateur baseball player in the country.

FRIDAY NIGHT MATCHUP, SHIPLEY VS. CEDEROTH:  Friday night's pitching matchup is between two the top pitchers in collegiate baseball in Nevada's Braden Shipley and SDSU's Michael Cederoth.  Shipley, a junior is projected to be a high first round selection in the 2013 draft while the sophomore Cederoth is slated to be a top pick in 2014.

In the first meeting the Aztecs won 2-0 on Apr. 5 at Tony Gwynn Stadium in San Diego.  Cederoth struck out 14 Pack hitters and allowed just four hits in eight innings on the mound.  Shipley tossed his first complete game of the season but was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs on three hits in eight innings.  He struck out five SDSU batters.

Shipley enters Friday's game with a 6-2 record and 2.70 ERA.  He has 76 strikeouts in 80 innings pitched.  Cederoth is 3-5 with a 3.41 ERA.  His 85 strikeouts leads the Mountain West and has come in 74 innings on the mound. 

They rank one-two in the MW in strikeouts and 10th and 25th nationally.

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 6-2 with a 2.70 ERA, with has struck out 76 in 80 innings on the mound.  In Mountain West play his ERA is 2.58. 

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.

HUGO SWINGING HOT BAT:  First baseman/designated hitter Hugo Hernandez has been swinging a hot as of late.  Hernandez missed most of last year with an injury and received a medical redshirt and is now making the most of his senior year.

Hernandez has played in 29 games and earned 14 starts, 10 at first base and four at designated hitter. 

Last Saturday at Air Force he was 4-for-5 with two runs scored, had three doubles and drove in five runs.  The four hits, three doubles and five RBI are all career highs.  In the two games in which he played at AF he batted .778 (6-for-9) with three runs scored, four doubles and drove in five. 

In his last seven games the Sylmar, Calif. native is batting .619 (13-for-21) with seven runs scored, has seven RBI, six doubles and two home runs.  His on base percentage is .652 with a 1.190 slugging percentage in the seven games.  Twice this year he has hit pinch hit home runs at Utah Valley and home versus New Mexico.

NEVADA TIED FOR FOURTH:  Nevada is tied for fourth in the Mountain West standings with three weeks of conference play remaining.  The Wolf Pack at 9-12 is tied with Fresno State.

New Mexico (17-4) has a five game lead on second place San Diego State (12-9).  UNLV (11-10) is one game behind SDSU.  Air Force (5-16) is four games behind Nevada and FS in sixth.

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

Byler is second in home runs (8) and slugging percentage (.600).  His 39 RBI and 96 total bases both rank third.  A batting average of .356 is fifth, .439 on base percentage is sixth, three triples is tied for sixth and 57 hits is tied for seventh.

In addition to being tied for third in triples, Klein is fourth in RBI (37) and total bases (94).  He is fifth in slugging percentage (.560), tied for fifth with six home runs, tied for seventh with 57 hits, is tied for ninth with 11 doubles and is 10th with a .339 batting average.

NEVADA IN THE NCAA:   In the April 28, NCAA I statistical release Nevada ranks high in several categories.  The rankings do not include Tuesday's game with Sacramento State.

The Pack is 21st in double plays (44) and double plays per game (1.02).  Nevada is also 33rd in triples (15), 38th in triples per game (.35), 45th in sacrifice bunts (44), 66th in slugging percentage (.400), 70th in sacrifice flies (20), 48th in home runs (26), 51st in home runs per game (.60), 87th in walks (169), 95th in hit by pitch (50) and 96th in runs (240).

PACK PLAYERS IN THE NCAA RANKINGS:   In addition to Nevada ranking high in several team categories in the Apr. 28, NCAA I statistical rankings numerous players appear in individual categories. 

Third baseman Austin Byler is 55th in home runs (8), 66th in home runs per game (.19), 52nd in total bases (96), 54th in slugging percentage (.600) and 90th in RBI (39).

Senior outfielder Brooks Klein is 46th in triples (4) and 86th in triples per game (.09).

Second baseman Scott Kaplan is 38th nationally with 29 walks and 77th averaging .78 walks per game.

Three Pack pitchers appear in the national rankings.  Freshman Michael Fain is 32nd with nine saves.  Junior Braden Shipley ranks 25th with 76 strikeouts and 87th with six wins.  Shipley's 6.86 hits allowed per nine innings is 81st. 

Shipley and sophomore lefty Tyler Wells are 18th with 11 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 10-5 on the season.  Shipley is second in the MW with a 2.70 ERA and Wells is 11th at 4.09.  In MW games Shipley is third with a 2.58 ERA while Wells ranks 10th with a 4.50 ERA.  Shipley is tied for first in the MW with six wins and Wells is tied for seventh with four.  Shipley's four wins in conference play is tied for first.  Shipley boasts a MW best .204 opponent batting average in conference play and .214 on the season ranks third.

Nevada is just 6-5 in Shipley starts and 7-4 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 16-6 with a 2.77 ERA, has 177 strikeouts, three complete games and has thrown 188.2 innings. 

Shipley has eight 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 5.25 ERA.  He has 74 strikeouts in 123.1 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 22 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 is tied for tops in the Mountain West with nine saves and is 32nd nationally.  In MW play his four saves is tied for second in the conference.

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 25th nationally with 76 strikeouts.  In MW play Shipley is second with 43 strikeouts.  Three times this season Shipley has struck out 10 in a game. Shipley's lowest strikeout total of the season came at Air Force when he had one.
    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.   His career-high of 12 strikeouts came last season at Hawai`i.
   
JAMESON REACHES 300 INNINGS:  Senior Tom Jameson surpassed 300 career innings pitched at Nevada in his last start at Air Force and his current 304.2 ranks fourth in school history.  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 56 career games his record is 20-15 with a 4.19 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 third in the MW with 14 stolen bases and has swiped 14-of-16 this year.  In MW play his seven steals is tied for first.  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 14 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 26-for-32 in the Silver & Blue.

TOUGH LUCK SHIP:   Junior pitcher Braden Shipley is 6-2 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 6-5 when Shipley starts on the mound.

KLEIN PASSES 100:   Senior outfielder Brooks Klein played in his 100th game in the Silver & Blue at Air Forces on Sunday and 101 on Tuesday versus Sacramento State.  In two season at Nevada Klein has played in all 101 games and started 99. 

Klein had 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.  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.

Quick Hits

TEAM:  Seven of Nevada's 25 home runs have been leading off an inning and 16 have come in wins  ...  Nevada's 28 home runs, 15 triples and 123 extra base hits is second to UNM in all three categories  ...  Nevada had season-high 17 hits in its 8-4 victory at Air Force last Friday  ...  Twice this season Nevada has lost four in a row  ...  Nevada won its first road series taking 2-for-3 at UNLV (Apr. 12-14) since winning 2-of-3 last season in Las Vegas ... The series win at UNLV was also the first conference road series win since May of 2011 when Nevada won 3-of-4 WAC games at San Jose State  ... The Wolf Pack 2-of-3 last weekend at Air Force  ...  The Pack defeated Air Force 3-2 in its first ever MW game on Mar. 15 at home  ...  Twice this season Nevada has won four in a row ...  Nevada is 2-3 in its last five games and 4-6 in its last 10  ...  The Pack is second in fielding (.969), fourth in hitting (.269) and fifth in ERA (5.23) in the MW  ...  After seven weeks of MW play Nevada is third in the conference with a 5.03 ERA, is fourth in fielding (.964) and sixth in hitting (.270) in conference play.

HITTING:  Senior infielder Ray McIntire made his first career start in three season vs. San Francisco on Apr. 9 at second base and has started the last six games playing second base and third base  ...  McIntire has played in a career-high 14 games this season  ...  First baseman Hugo Hernandez has two pinch hit home runs at Utah Valley and vs. New Mexico  ...  Hernandez hit .778 (7-for-9) with three runs scored, had five RBI and four doubles in his two games played at Air Force and is batting .619 (13-of-21) in his last seven games with six doubles, seven runs scored, two home runs and seven RBI  ...  Senior outfielder Brooks Klein hit a career-high two home runs vs. Sac State on Tuesday and has three in the last three games  ...  Junior outfielder Tommy Niebergall has played in 101 games in his three seasons at Nevada  ...  Senior center fielder Jamison Rowe made his first error in four seasons at Nevada in the Pack's 5-4 loss at SDSU  ...  Third baseman Austin Byler hit .375 (21-for-56) with eight runs scored, 10 RBI, four doubles and a home run during a 14-game hit streak that ended in the final game at Air Force  ...  Byler's hit streak is longest streak on the team this season ...  Byler's current streak of reaching base in 15 consecutive games is longest on the team  ...  Byler (8), Hernandez (3), Brett Jones (3), Rowe (3), Ryan Teel (3) and Kewby Meyer (2) have all hit a career-high home runs this season  ...  Byler hit 3 home runs and drove in nine in Nevada's 12-10 victory over Holy Cross  ...  The 3 home runs is the high by any MW player this season ...  Byler hit .875 (7-for-8) in the Holy Cross doubleheader with three doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI  ...  Byler hit two home runs and drove in five in Nevada's 10-3 victory at Utah Valley, he hit three home runs in the series  ...  Klein tops the team with 18 multi hit and 11 multi RBI games  ...  Klein is the only player to play in all 44 games making 43 starts  ... Second baseman Scott Kaplan is third in the MW with 29 walks and ranks 77th nationally.

PITCHING:  Junior Braden Shipley is tied for first in the MW with six wins and sophomore Tyler Wells is tied for seventh with four  ...  MW opponents are hitting just .203 against Shipley which tops the conference and .214 on the season ranks third in the conference  ...  Senior Tom Jameson won his first game of the season and 20th of his career at UNLV  ...  Jameson struck out a career-high nine Rebel hitters  ...  Wells' four wins is one more than he totaled last year when he was 3-5  ...  Wells struck out a career-high eight in his win at Utah Valley  ...  In his outing vs. Air Force Wells pitched a career-high 7.1 innings  ...  Shipley pitched the first complete game by a Pack pitcher in game 1 at SDSU and allowed three hits in a 2-0 loss, his only setback of the season  ...  Shipley's 76 strikeouts is second in the  MW and 25th nationally ...  Shipley tops the MW with 80 innings pitched  ...  Freshman reliever Michael Fain is tied first in the conference and 32nd nationally with nine saves   ...  Fain made his first career start vs. Pacific (Apr. 23) and pitched two scoreless innings  ...  Sean Prihar pitched a perfect ninth vs. Pacific (Apr. 23) to earn his first save of the season and second of his career  ...  Relievers Daniel Levine (2-0), Prihar  (2-1) and Fain (2-3) each has two wins while, Michael Bradshaw, Colby Blueberg, Kody Gorden, Adam Whitt and Barry Timko all have one out of the Pack bullpen ... Bradshaw pitched in both games of the doubleheader at UNM earning the win in the first game  ...  Fain leads the team and is tied for fifth in the MW with 21 appearances  ...  Fain's 21 games finished is first in the conference  ...   Nevada is 7-4 when Wells starts, 3-0 when freshman Mark Reece gets the start, 6-5 when Shipley takes to the mound, 3-4 for Barry Timko, 2-8 for Tom Jameson , 1-0 when Fain starts and 0-1 for Bradshaw. 

    SHIPLEY NAMED TO GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD WATCH LIST:  University of Nevada junior right handed pitcher Braden Shipley is one of 60 collegiate baseball players named to the Golden Spikes Award watch list as announced by USA Baseball today.  The award goes to the top amateur baseball player in the country.

    FRIDAY NIGHT MATCHUP, SHIPLEY VS. CEDEROTH:  Friday night's pitching matchup is between two the top pitchers in collegiate baseball in Nevada's Braden Shipley and SDSU's Michael Cederoth.  Shipley, a junior is projected to be a high first round selection in the 2013 draft while the sophomore Cederoth is slated to be a top pick in 2014.
    In the first meeting the Aztecs won 2-0 on Apr. 5 at Tony Gwynn Stadium in San Diego.  Cederoth struck out 14 Pack hitters and allowed just four hits in eight innings on the mound.  Shipley tossed his first complete game of the season but was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs on three hits in eight innings.  He struck out five SDSU batters.
    Shipley enters Friday's game with a 6-2 record and 2.70 ERA.  He has 76 strikeouts in 80 innings pitched.  Cederoth is 3-5 with a 3.41 ERA.  His 85 strikeouts leads the Mountain West and has come in 74 innings on the mound.  
    They rank one-two in the MW in strikeouts and 10th and 25th nationally.

    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 6-2 with a 2.70 ERA, with has struck out 76 in 80 innings on the mound.  In Mountain West play his ERA is 2.58.  
    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.

    HUGO SWINGING HOT BAT:  First baseman/designated hitter Hugo Hernandez has been swinging a hot as of late.  Hernandez missed most of last year with an injury and received a medical redshirt and is now making the most of his senior year.
    Hernandez has played in 29 games and earned 14 starts, 10 at first base and four at designated hitter.  
    Last Saturday at Air Force he was 4-for-5 with two runs scored, had three doubles and drove in five runs.  The four hits, three doubles and five RBI are all career highs.  In the two games in which he played at AF he batted .778 (6-for-9) with three runs scored, four doubles and drove in five.  
    In his last seven games the Sylmar, Calif. native is batting .619 (13-for-21) with seven runs scored, has seven RBI, six doubles and two home runs.  His on base percentage is .652 with a 1.190 slugging percentage in the seven games.  Twice this year he has hit pinch hit home runs at Utah Valley and home versus New Mexico.

    NEVADA TIED FOR FOURTH:  Nevada is tied for fourth in the Mountain West standings with three weeks of conference play remaining.  The Wolf Pack at 9-12 is tied with Fresno State.
    New Mexico (17-4) has a five game lead on second place San Diego State (12-9).  UNLV (11-10) is one game behind SDSU.  Air Force (5-16) is four games behind Nevada and FS in sixth.

    BYLER AND KLEIN IN THE mw:   Nevada third baseman Austin Byler and right fielder Brooks Klein both ranks in the top 10 in eight categories in the Mountain West.
    Byler is second in home runs (8) and slugging percentage (.600).  His 39 RBI and 96 total bases both rank third.  A batting average of .356 is fifth, .439 on base percentage is sixth, three triples is tied for sixth and 57 hits is tied for seventh.
    In addition to being tied for third in triples, Klein is fourth in RBI (37) and total bases (94).  He is fifth in slugging percentage (.560), tied for fifth with six home runs, tied for seventh with 57 hits, is tied for ninth with 11 doubles and is 10th with a .339 batting average.

    NEVADA IN THE NCAA:   In the April 28, NCAA I statistical release Nevada ranks high in several categories.  The rankings do not include Tuesday's game with Sacramento State.
    The Pack is 21st in double plays (44) and double plays per game (1.02).  Nevada is also 33rd in triples (15), 38th in triples per game (.35), 45th in sacrifice bunts (44), 66th in slugging percentage (.400), 70th in sacrifice flies (20), 48th in home runs (26), 51st in home runs per game (.60), 87th in walks (169), 95th in hit by pitch (50) and 96th in runs (240).

    PACK PLAYERS IN THE NCAA RANKINGS:   In addition to Nevada ranking high in several team categories in the Apr. 28, NCAA I statistical rankings numerous players appear in individual categories.  
    Third baseman Austin Byler is 55th in home runs (8), 66th in home runs per game (.19), 52nd in total bases (96), 54th in slugging percentage (.600) and 90th in RBI (39).
    Senior outfielder Brooks Klein is 46th in triples (4) and 86th in triples per game (.09).
    Second baseman Scott Kaplan is 38th nationally with 29 walks and 77th averaging .78 walks per game.
    Three Pack pitchers appear in the national rankings.  Freshman Michael Fain is 32nd with nine saves.  Junior Braden Shipley ranks 25th with 76 strikeouts and 87th with six wins.  Shipley's 6.86 hits allowed per nine innings is 81st.  
    Shipley and sophomore lefty Tyler Wells are 18th with 11 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 10-5 on the season.  Shipley is second in the MW with a 2.70 ERA and Wells is 11th at 4.09.  In MW games Shipley is third with a 2.58 ERA while Wells ranks 10th with a 4.50 ERA.  Shipley is tied for first in the MW with six wins and Wells is tied for seventh with four.  Shipley's four wins in conference play is tied for first.  Shipley boasts a MW best .204 opponent batting average in conference play and .214 on the season ranks third.
    Nevada is just 6-5 in Shipley starts and 7-4 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 16-6 with a 2.77 ERA, has 177 strikeouts, three complete games and has thrown 188.2 innings.  
    Shipley has eight 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 5.25 ERA.  He has 74 strikeouts in 123.1 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 22 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 is tied for tops in the Mountain West with nine saves and is 32nd nationally.  In MW play his four saves is tied for second in the conference.
    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 25th nationally with 76 strikeouts.  In MW play Shipley is second with 43 strikeouts.  Three times this season Shipley has struck out 10 in a game. Shipley's lowest strikeout total of the season came at Air Force when he had one.
    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.   His career-high of 12 strikeouts came last season at Hawai`i.
    
    JAMESON REACHES 300 INNINGS:  Senior Tom Jameson surpassed 300 career innings pitched at Nevada in his last start at Air Force and his current 304.2 ranks fourth in school history.  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 56 career games his record is 20-15 with a 4.19 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 third in the MW with 14 stolen bases and has swiped 14-of-16 this year.  In MW play his seven steals is tied for first.  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 14 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 26-for-32 in the Silver & Blue.

    TOUGH LUCK SHIP:   Junior pitcher Braden Shipley is 6-2 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 6-5 when Shipley starts on the mound.

    KLEIN PASSES 100:   Senior outfielder Brooks Klein played in his 100th game in the Silver & Blue at Air Forces on Sunday and 101 on Tuesday versus Sacramento State.  In two season at Nevada Klein has played in all 101 games and started 99.  
    Klein had 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.  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.

    NEVADA PICKED third: Nevada will be competing in the Mountain West for the first time in 2013 after 12 seasons in the Western Athletic Conference.  In the preseason MW Coaches Poll the Wolf Pack was picked third behind New Mexico and San Diego State.

    SHIPLEY PRESEASON MW SELECTION: Junior right-hander Braden Shipley was selected to the preseason MW Coaches team.  Shipley, the 2012 WAC Pitcher of the Year, went 9-4 with 2.20 ERA in 98.1 innings on the mound his sophomore year.  He struck out 88 and walked 40.

    MEYER NAMED MW mAR. 11-17 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Nevada first baseman Kewby Meyer earned Mountain West Baseball Player of the Week honors for games played from March 11-17, 2013.  It is the first MW recognition for Meyer.
    Meyer, a sophomore from Waipahu, Hawaii, hit .400 (6-of-15) for the week as the Wolf Pack went 3-1, including a 2-1 series win against Air Force to start MW play. Meyer started the week with a 2-of-4 performance in an 11-10 road win at UC Davis.  He scored two runs, drove in two runs and was walked once.  In Nevada's 3-2 win over Air Force in its first-ever MW Conference game, Meyer hit a sacrifice fly to get the Wolf Pack's first run across the plate in the first inning.  He hit 3-of-4, including two doubles, with a run scored and two RBI in Saturday's 6-1 win over the Falcons.  In Sunday's 7-3 loss to the Academy, Meyer was 1-of-5 from the plate.
    For the week, Meyer, a three-hole hitter, scored three runs, batted in five runs and hit two doubles. He was walked twice. Defensively, Meyer recorded 32 putouts and two assists from his first base position.  

    BYLER NAMED FEB. 25-MAR. 4 MW PLAYER OF THE WEEK:   COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Nevada third baseman Austin Byler earned Mountain West Baseball Player of the Week honors for games played from Feb. 25-March 4, 2013.  It is the first MW for Byler and a Nevada baseball player.
    Byler, a sophomore from Peoria, Ariz., hit .615 (8-of-13) for the week as the Wolf Pack went 3-1, including a series win against Holy Cross. Byler came off the bench in Tuesday's 4-1 loss at Sacramento State before starting against the Crusaders on Saturday. He delivered game-winning hits twice in the Holy Cross series. In Game One of Saturday's doubleheader, Byler was 3-of-3 with three RBI, a run scored and two doubles in the 8-1 victory.  His three-run homer in the eighth inning of Game Two was the game-winner (12-10) for the doubleheader sweep.  Byler finished Game Two hitting 4-of-5 with nine RBI, three home runs, a double and three runs score. In the series finale, Byler provided a game-winning bases-loaded RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to seal the 7-6 victory. It was his only hit of the game after being walked twice.  He finished the week with a slugging percentage of 1.538 and on-base percentage of .706.

    NEVADA FALLS TO RENO ACES:   The University of Nevada baseball team scored six runs in the top of the ninth inning but dropped an 11-6 exhibition game to the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night at Aces Ballpark.  
    The Wolf Pack and Aces were meeting for the fourth consecutive year.  The Pack won 7-3 last year while the Aces have won the other three contests. The game is a fundraiser for Nevada's Dugout Club and the Aces donated $15,000 for the fourth year in a row.
    The Aces led 11-0 before the Pack scored six times in the top of the ninth inning.  Third baseman Bryce Barger singled and scored on Joe Setum's RBI single to get the Pack on the scoreboard.  Ryan Teel had an RBI double, Brett Jones delivered an RBI single, in his second at bat of the inning Barger drove in a run with a single and Ray McIntire's single scored the final two runs of the inning.
    Center fielder Jamison Rowe had Nevada's first hit of the game and also doubled in the game.  Barger collected two hits in the ninth.
    Junior Sara Parsons, a member of the Wolf Pack softball team played center field in the bottom of the eighth inning.  Each year a member of the Nevada softball team has joined the Pack baseball team in the annual exhibition game.

    Powers Earns 900th Victory: Nevada's 10-5 victory over San Francisco on April 17, 2012 was the 900th for Wolf Pack head coach Gary Powers.  All of Powers now 934 wins have come in his 31 seasons directing the Nevada baseball program.  He is the longest tenured coach in school history.

Powers' Coaching Milestones
Career Win #     Game     Date
    1     Nevada 5, Utah 4     March 4, 1983
    100     Nevada 13, San Jose State 9     January 30, 1987
    200     Nevada 9, San Diego State 8     April 14, 1990
    300     Nevada 2, Pacific 1     April 9, 1993
    400     Nevada 17, Cal Poly 1     March 18, 1996
    500     Nevada 7, UC Santa Barbara 5     March 13, 1999
    600     Nevada 4, LA Tech 2     March 29, 2002
    700     Nevada 20, Fresno State 7     May 29, 2005
    800     Nevada 6, Oregon 5     March 12, 2009
    900    Nevada 10, San Francisco 5    April 17, 2012   


 

 

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