May 15, 2012
Nevada Seeks First WAC Title In Hawai`i: Nevada (30-21, 10-5 WAC) heads to Hawai`i (28-22, 8-7 WAC) in search of its first Western Athletic Conference title this week. The Wolf Pack is 10-5 in WAC action and one-half game in front on second place Sacramento State who is 11-7. Nevada would secure its first outright WAC regular season title by winning two-of-three games at Hawai`i and one win would assure a tie for the regular season crown.
The Hornets have completed WAC play and hold the tie breaker with the Pack which could come into play for seeding purposes for the season ending WAC Tournament next week.
Hawai`i is tied for third place with New Mexico State at 8-7. The Rainbows won three of the four games from Nevada last season in Reno. UH is 24-11at home and 5-1 in WAC play in Honolulu.
Nevada leads the series with UH 30-23 in WAC play. UH holds a 15-11 advantage in WAC games played at Les Murakami Stadium.
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 910 victories ranks 21st among active NCAA I coaches.
Jameson Cracks Top 10: Junior right-hander Tom Jameson cracked Nevada's top 10 with his 19th career victory last week. Jameson is tied with Scott Anderson (1986-88), Mark Titchener (1986-88) and Brock Stassi (2008-11) for 10th all-time. Next on the list are Cody Kosman (1992-93) and Matt Rainer (1998-00) who each won 20 games for the Pack.
Jameson could end the season in the top 10 in ERA as his 2.13 would rank fourth best in a season and his career ERA of 3.58 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 two back of catching Qualls for 10th.
Quality Starts: Nevada's weekend rotation of Bradey Shipley, Tyler Wells and Tom Jameson has combined to make 22 quality starts in their combined 38 starts. A quality start is pitching six or more innings and allowing three or less earned runs.
Shipley leads the team with 10 in his 13 starts this season. He has quality starts in his last seven outings and nine in his last 10 games. The Pack is 8-5 in his 13 starts and 7-3 in his quality starts.
Jameson has eight quality starts in his 13 trips to the mound. He had a stretch of four in a row snapped in his last outing against SJSU allowing four earned runs in 8.2 innings. In the last eight games he has six quality starts. The other one of his starts in the last eight 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 9-4 when Jameson starts on the mound and 7-1 in his quality starts.
The freshman Wells has four quality starts to his credit. Last week versus SJSU was the first time he did not pitch in the rotation after struggling the last several outings. 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 6-6 when Wells has started a game and 4-0 in his quality outings.
Gardner Sets Saves Record: Senior Matt Gardner saved two games in the SJSU series to set the Nevada record for saves in a season. His save on Saturday set the record at 11 then he increased it to 12 with his save on Sunday. His 18 career saves is now second to Rico Lagattuta's (1993-96) 24.
Gardner's tops the WAC in saves and is 11th nationally. His four saves in conference play also tops the WAC.
Team Notes: The Wolf Pack is 30-21 and 7-3 in its last 10 games ... Nevada has won a season-high five in a row ... Nevada's 30 wins is six more than last year when the team finished 24-31 ... Nevada's 62 double plays leads the WAC and is second in the country ... Of the Pack's 22 home runs 11 have been solo shots of which four lead off an inning ... Nevada has swept two series this season both coming in WAC play vs. LA Tech and SJSU ... The Pack ranks 35th in nation in hit by pitch and 12th in sacrifice bunts ... 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 27 triples is nearly three times as many as the next closest team in the WAC as Sacramento State has 11 ... In the latest NCAA rankings Nevada is sixth in triples and triples per game ... The Pack is 1-3 in extra inning contests, 12-10 in one-run games and 9-7 in games decided by five or more runs ... Nevada is third in hitting (.293), ranks fourth in pitching (3.99) and third in fielding (.974) in the WAC ... After 15 WAC games Nevada is third in hitting (.284), first in ERA (3.49) and fifth in fielding (.975) 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 nine-of-13 three-game series this year and three-of-five in WAC play ... Nevada's nine 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 for the fourth most in the WAC and he has the Pack's only grand slam of the season vs. USF (4/17) ... Klein tops the WAC in slugging percentage (.622) and ranks in seven additional offensive categories in the conference ... Klein leads the Pack with 11 multiple RBI and 18 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 (14) and Kyle Hunt (14) lead the WAC and rank 34th nationally in sacrifice bunts ... Nevada has four of the top five in the WAC in triples; Joe Kohan (6), and Klein (6) are tied for first, Jay Anderson (5) is tied for third and Yrigoyen (3) is fifth ... Klein and Kohan are tied for 24th nationally and Anderson is 48th in triples ... Kewby Meyer (6) and Anderson (5) have Nevada's two longest active hit streaks ... 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 is tied for second with seven doubles ... Freshman infielders Kyle Hunt and Austin Byler have been hit by pitch 16 and 15 times respectively which is first and second in the WAC ... In WAC play Byler (6), Hunt (5) and Yrigoyen (5) are the top three in being hit by pitch ... Byler hit his first home run since Mar. 9 vs. UC Santa Barbara in the final game of the SJSU series that broke a scoreless tie and put the Pack on top 3-0 ... Catcher Carlos Escobar hit two home runs in vs. Pacific (4/24) with one being inside-the-park ... Klein and Escobar top the team with14 doubles which tied for third in the WAC ... Of Escobar's 42 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 ... Byler and Escobar are tied for the second on the team with four home runs ... 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 ... Meyer has multiple hits in the five of the last six games and eight-of-13 ... Meyer's first career four-hit game was vs. FS (4/27) going 4-for-5 at the plate ... Brett Jones has started the 14 of the last 15 games, 12 at designated hitter and two at first base, after missing 15 games other than one at bat at Pacific (4/2) because of a leg injury ... Jones hit his first home run for the Pack in game 1 at Seattle ... 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) ... Klein (18), Meyer (14), Kohan (14), Anderson (13), Yrigoyen (12), Jones (12) and Byler (11) all have 10 or more multiple hit games.
On The Mound: Nevada had used the same weekend rotation all season until last week vs. SJSU when RHP-Bradey Shipley and Tom Jameson made their starts but LHP-Tyler Wells was replaced by RHP-Jayson McClaren on a bullpen day in the series finale ... 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 8-3 with a 2.08 ERA ... Shipley tossed his first complete game vs. SJSU allowing one run on six hits in the 4-1 victory ... Shipley is tied for first in the WAC and 26th nationally with eight wins ... Shipley leads the WAC in ERA (2.08), opponent batting average (.217), is seventh in innings pitched (82.1) and is tied for sixth with 67 strikeouts ... Jameson pitched his second career shutout as the Pack blanked Fresno State 1-0 in the final game of the series ... In his last start Jameson allowed four runs in the first two innings to SJSU then did not give up a run and pitched 8.2 innings to earn his seventh win which is a career high ... 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 seven of his last eight decisions and is 7-2 with a 2.13 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 2.13 is second in the WAC, 84.1 innings pitched is third and seven wins is tied for third ... Shipley (2.08) and Jameson (2.13) are first and second in the WAC in ERA and 43rd and 49th in the country ... Shipley (1.46) and Jameson (1.50) are first and second respectively in WAC play in ERA ... Shipley is tied for first in WAC action with four wins and Jameson is tied for third with his three ... Senior Jayson McClaren made his first start since 2010 in the final game of the SJSU series and pitched two perfect innings ... 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 has not allowed a run in his two relief appearances ... On the season Wells is 3-5 with a 6.27 ERA ... Closer Matt Gardner is first in the WAC and 11th in the country with 12 saves ... Gardner earned saves in the final two games of both the LA Tech and SJSU 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 is second on the team and is tied for eighth in the WAC with 21 appearances ... Nine Pack relievers have made 10 or more appearances out of the bullpen; Gardner (22), Prihar (21), Colby Blueberg (20), Tim Culligan (17), McClaren (16), Kody Gorden (16), Elliott Van Gaver (16), Barry Timko (15) and Bryan Suarez (11) ... Timko is 4-0 after winning a couple of Tuesday midweek starts ... Timko's four wins is third on the team ... Culligan has pitched three scoreless innings in two outings since returning from an injury ... In his first outing since returning from injury Troy Marks pitched two scoreless innings in the final game vs. SJSU and earned his first win of the season ... Marks (5), Daniel Levine (4), Timko (2) and Culligan have combined to make Nevada's 12 midweek starts.
Pitching Senior Day: In the series finale versus San Jose State six Nevada pitchers took to the mound and five were seniors making their final appearance on Senior Day at Peccole Park. The six combined for a 4-2 victory to complete the series sweep of the Spartans. Senior Jayson McClaren made his first start since 2010 and tossed two perfect innings. Another senior Troy Marks took the mound and tossed the next two scoreless innings and earned the victory in his last outing in Reno.
Senior Bryan Suarez pitched 1.2 innings and allowed two runs. The only non senior to take the mound was Freshman Tyler Wells who recorded the final out of the sixth. Tim Culligan held SJSU scoreless in his two innings for his final appearance in Reno. Senior Matt Gardner retired the side in the ninth to record his 12th save of the season.