Braden Shipley will make his final home start on Friday night at 6 p.m.
May 9, 2013
NEVADA CLOSES OUT HOME SCHEDULE WITH UNLV
Nevada (24-24, 11-13 MW) hosts UNLV (31-17, 13-11 MW) for the final three home games of the season this weekend. The UNLV series is part of the Governor's Series Presented by NV Energy. The Wolf Pack won two of the three games played in Las Vegas earlier this season and are two games behind the Rebels in fourth place in the MW standings.
Upcoming Nevada Games
Fri., May 10 - UNLV - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park - 6 p.m. PT
Sat., May 11 - UNLV - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park - 1 p.m. PT
Sun., May 12 - UNLV - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park - 1 p.m. PT
UP NEXT: Nevada travels to Fresno State, May 16-18 to play the final three regular season Mountain West games of the year.
NEVADA WOLF PACK
Record: 24-24 MW: 11-13
Head Coach: Gary Powers(Nevada, 1971)
at Nevada: 936-754-5 (31st season)
Career Record: same Powers vs. UNLV: 37-42
Record: 31-17 MW: 13-11
Head Coach: Tim Chambers (Southern Utah, 1989)
at UNLV: 90-73 (Third season)
Career Record: same
UNLV HISTORY WITH THE WOLF PACK: UNLV leads the series 60-48. Nevada won two of the three meetings in Las Vegas earlier this season. The Pack won 7-6 on Friday and 5-4 Sunday. The Rebels took the middle game 15-2. Nevada won two of the three meetings last season. Nevada lost the first game 5-4 then took the next two 3-2 and 1-0.
GOVERNOR'S SERIES PRESENTED BY NV ENERGY: This weekend's three-game MW series with UNLV is part of the Governor's Series Presented by NV Energy. Three points will be awarded to the winner of the season series with the Rebels. On October 8, 2012 Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval announced the launch of the Governor's Series, presented by NV Energy. This historic, new competition establishes a formal head-to-head athletic and academic challenge between longtime rivals -- the UNLV Rebels and the Nevada Wolf Pack. The all-encompassing competition will annually crown one school the winner of the Governor's Series. UNLV currently leads 28.5 to 10.5 and has clinched the inaugural cup. Just two sports remain to determine the final score, baseball and outdoor track & field. Three points will be awarded for sport-by-sport comparison of APR scores (school with the most "wins" by sport in the head-to-head comparisons will be awarded 3 points).
NEVADA ON RADIO: Nevada baseball can be heard on ESPN Radio 1450 AM with Hall of Fame announcer Don Marchand calling the action. Pregame starts 15 minutes prior to first pitch.
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
SENIOR DAY: Sunday’s game is Senior Day as eight Wolf Pack players will be recognized for their contributions to Wolf Pack baseball. The eight seniors are outfielder Jamison Rowe (Richland, Wash.), outfielder Brooks Klein (Blue Diamond, Nev.), infielder Hugo Hernandez (Sylmar, Calif.), pitcher Daniel Levine (Henderson, Nev.), pitcher Kody Gorden (Las Vegas), infielder Brett Jones (Fresno, Calif.), pitcher Tom Jameson (Reno, Nev.) and infielder Ray McIntire (Winters, Calif.).
NOTHING EARNED: Nevada’s weekend rotation of Braden Shipley, Tyler Wells and Tom Jameson did not allow an earned run to San Diego State last weekend as the Pack won two-of-three games from the Aztecs.
Shipley started the weekend by tossing 6.2 shutout innings to earn his seventh win of the season as the Pack won 7-1. He allowed eight hits, walked three and struck out two.
Wells was the only one of the three that allowed any runs but both were unearned. He earned a no decision despite pitched 6.2 innings, allowing three hits, struck out six and walked three. The Pack lost 4-3 in 10 innings.
Jameson was outstanding pitching eight shutout innings allowing four hits, struck out three and walked five. He left with the Pack leading 3-0 but the bullpen could not hold the lead and he received a no decision. Nevada won 4-3 on a walk-off home run from third baseman Brad Gerig on the first pitch in the bottom of the ninth.
GERIG MOVES TO THIRD, DOES IT AGAIN: Junior Brad Gerig has made the switch from the outfield to third base and has started the last five games. In those five starts he is batting .474 (9-for-19) with five runs scored, five doubles, a triple, a home run and seven RBI. His slugging percentage is 1.000 and on base percentage is .450.
On the season he is batting .278 with 16 runs scored, nine doubles, a triple, two home runs and 17 RBI.
Gerig has a hit and an RBI in four of the five starts. In his first game versus Sac State he collected three hits and followed that in the next game with four against San Diego State. In the SDSU game he perfect at the plate in four at bats, with all four hits going for extra bases, three doubles and a triple. He also scored two runs and drove in four.
Sunday he delivered a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning hitting the first pitch he saw over the left field fence to give the Pack a 4-3 victory in the series finale over SDSU. It was his second walk-off hit of the season with the first coming the opening weekend versus Kansas in Mesa, Ariz. In the KU game he doubled home two runs in the bottom of the ninth with two out to give the Pack a 9-8 victory over the Jayhawks.
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. The award goes to the top amateur baseball player in the country.
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 making the most of his senior year.
Hernandez has played in 32 games and earned 17 starts, 13 at first base and four at designated hitter. His .365 batting average is tops on the team.
In game 2 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 10 games the Sylmar, Calif. native is batting .469 (15-for-32) with 10 runs scored, has seven RBI, seven doubles and two home runs. His on base percentage is .514 with a .875 slugging percentage in the 10 games. Twice this year he has hit pinch hit home runs at Utah Valley and home versus New Mexico.
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 7-2 with a 2.49 ERA, with 78 strike outs in 86.2 innings on the mound. In Mountain West play his record stands at 5-2 with an ERA of 2.29 in 59 innings.
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 FOURTH: Nevada is fourth place in the Mountain West standings with six games of conference play remaining. The Wolf Pack at 11-13 is two games back of UNLV (13-11) and SDSU (13-11) for third and one game in front of Fresno State (10-14).
Nevada hosts UNLV this weekend then closes out the regular season at FS.
New Mexico (20-4) has clinched the MW regular season title. Air Force (5-19) is sixth.
BYLER AND KLEIN IN THE MW: Nevada third baseman Austin Byler and right fielder Brooks Klein both rank in the top 10 in several categories in the Mountain West.
Byler is fourth in slugging percentage (.584), home runs (8) and RBI (40). His 101 total bases ranks fifth, three triples is tied for sixth, .353 batting average is seventh and .433 on base percentage is eighth.
Klein is fifth with four triples, tied for fifth with six home runs, is sixth with 99 total bases and tied for seventh with 37 RBI.
NEVADA IN THE NCAA: In the May 6, NCAA I statistical release Nevada ranks high in several categories. The rankings do not include Tuesday’s game with St. Mary’s.
The Pack is 14th in double plays (49) and 19th in double plays per game (1.04). Nevada is also 32nd in triples (16), 45th in triples per game (.34), 52nd in doubles (89), 60th in doubles per game (1.89), 43rd in home runs (29), 45th in home runs per game (.62), 35th in sacrifice bunts (50), 65th in slugging percentage (.402), 69th in sacrifice flies (22) and 69th in hit by pitch (58).
PACK PLAYERS IN THE NCAA RANKINGS: In addition to Nevada ranking high in several team categories in the May 6, NCAA I statistical rankings numerous players appear in individual categories.
Third baseman Austin Byler is 64th in home runs (8), 77th in home runs per game (.18), 71st in total bases (101) and 64th in slugging percentage (.584).
Senior outfielder Brooks Klein is 60th in triples (4).
Second baseman Scott Kaplan is 31st nationally averaging .78 walks per game.
Three Pack pitchers appear in the national rankings. Freshman Michael Fain is 44th with nine saves. Junior Braden Shipley ranks 44th with 78 strikeouts and 63rd with seven wins.
Shipley and sophomore lefty Tyler Wells are 15th with 12 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 11-5 on the season. Shipley is second in the MW with a 2.49 ERA and Wells is eighth at 3.69. In MW games Shipley is second with a 2.29 ERA while Wells ranks seventh with a 3.86 ERA. Shipley is second in the MW with seven wins and Wells is tied for 10th with four. Shipley’s five wins in conference play is second.
Nevada is just 7-5 in Shipley starts and Wells starts. 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 17-6 with a 2.67 ERA, has 179 strikeouts, three complete games and has thrown 195.1 innings.
Shipley has nine 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 4.98 ERA. He has 80 strikeouts in 130 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 award watch 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 12 of the Pack’s 24 victories with three 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 second in the Mountain West with nine saves and is 44th 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.
Four times Fain has blown saves at Utah Valley, versus New Mexico, one at home and one on the road and home agaisnt SDSU but Nevada did win the game with Aztecs..
SHIPLEY K’S: Junior Braden Shipley is second in the MW and 44th nationally with 78 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 MOVES INTO THIRD: Senior Tom Jameson tossed eight shutout innings on Sunday versus San Diego State and moved into third place on Nevada’s career innings pitched list passing Mateo Miramontes (2001-03). Jameson has 312.2 career innings pitched and would need the Pack to advance to postseason play to pass Darrell Rasner’s (2000-02) 341 for second.
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 57career games his record is 20-15 with a 4.09 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-17 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. 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-33 in the Silver & Blue.