Nevada Wraps Up Regular Season with Five Game Road-Trip
Cole Tosses Seven Shutout Innings, Named WAC Pitcher of the Week: Jeremy Cole, a senior from Rocklin, Calif., pitched seven shutout innings in a game that ended after eight innings as Nevada was up 10-0 over Sacramento State (5/15). Cole allowed just six hits and struck out a career-high seven batters with only two walks and only allowed two Sacramento State batters to reached third base. Cole allowed two hits in a single inning only one time, which also marked the only time that two Hornet hitters reached base in the same inning.
Stassi Owns Third Best Average in the WAC: Brock Stassi has the third highest batting average in the conference at .383 ... Stassi hit .500 going 7-for-14 with one run scored, one triple and five RBI in four games vs. Sacramento State (May 13-15)... four RBI and four hits vs. Sacramento State (5/15) tied career-highs ... the senior's 64 hits are fourth most overall, 18 doubles are second most in the conference and put him just four away from entering the top 10 and seven away from tying the single-season Nevada record set by Justin Drizos in 1994 ... has the third best on base percentage at .485, fifth highest slugging percentage at .551, fourth most total bases with 92 and 30 walks are ninth most in the WAC ... his 35 hits in WAC play are tied for a conference-high, 10 doubles are tied with teammate Nick Melino for the most, 20 RBI are third best, and his .473 average is a conference-high by 55 points ... he has 19 multi-hit games and five multi-RBI games this season ... has multiple hits in 15 of the last 23 games, seven of which are three-hit games and one that was a four-hit game vs. Sacramento State (5/15).
Gardner Flourishing in Closing Role: Matt Gardner's four saves are 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 20 wins ... his last save came vs. Utah Valley (4/1) when he pitched a hitless ninth inning to seal a 5-4 victory ... his last win came against San Francisco State (4/12) ... last appearance came vs. Hawai'i (5/7-Gm. 2) in which he went 1.1 innings allowing two hits, no runs and struck out two batters ... Gardner is 2-1 with four saves and a 1.04 ERA and has given up just 13 hits and two earned runs in 17.1 innings this year ... he has struck out 21 batters.
TEAM: The Wolf Pack is 20-27 and is 10-10 in its last 20 games ... since starting the season 0-9, the Pack has gone 20-18 ... the last time a Nevada team started 0-9 was in 1989 ... the Pack finished 30-28 in 1989 ... Nevada's 13 triples are tied for third 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 fourth in hitting (.275) and fielding (.967) in the WAC ... The Wolf Pack is second in hitting in WAC play with an average of .304 and has the third lowest ERA at 4.24 ... Nevada has hit 27 home runs to its opponents 19 this year ... the Wolf Pack has caught a WAC-leading 27 runners stealing ... Nevada pitchers have thrown five shutouts this season, a feat the staff last accomplished in 2007 ... Nevada hitters have struck out 287 times, the second fewest amount of all WAC teams ... the Pack finishes the 2011 season with a 17-10 record at Peccole Park ... Nevada is 7-6 in one run games and 12-0 when leading after eight innings.
AT THE PLATE: Catcher Carlos Escobar Jr. is hitting .299 this season ... he has 38 hits and 20 RBI in 127 at bats ... he has four home runs this season and his last was a game-winner vs. Seattle (4/10) ... his four home runs are tied with Nick Melino and Joe Kohan for second most on the squad ... he has caught 17 runners stealing which is the most in the WAC and is tied for the second most runners picked off with six ... Joe Kohan is hitting .296 ... his three triples are tied for second most and nine sacrifice bunts are tied for fourth most in the conference ... eight multi-RBI games are a team high ... 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 ... senior IF/OF Brian Barnett's five home runs are a team high ... Barnett has a .991 fielding percentage and has seen time at first base, second base, right field and in center field ... after hitting his 21st career home run vs. UNLV (3/5) Barnett went 22 games without hitting a homer before hitting one at LA Tech (4/29) and another at LA Tech (5/1) ... Barnett has played in 40 of the Pack's 47 games ... Barnett started all four games in center field of the Sacramento State series ... Kohan, Garrett Yrigoyen, Melino and Brock Stassi have started all 47 games for the Pack ... Yrigoyen's 26 RBI are third most on the team, he leads in stolen bases with eight in 10 attempts and his seven multi-RBI games are tied with Escobar and Barnett for second most on the team ... has three homers on the season including a game-winner vs. Seattle (4/9) and a three-run shot vs. Hawai'i (5/7 Gm. 1) ... Melino has swiped five bases, has been hit by a conference-leading 13 pitches, and has hit 15 doubles this season with 10 coming in conference play ... the 15 doubles are sixth most in the conference and the 10 doubles in WAC play are tied with Stassi for a conference-play high ... 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) ... 172 at-bats are a team high ... senior Waylen Sing Chow hit his first career home run vs. NMSU (4/22), a solo shot to leadoff the game ... the versatile senior has raised his average 116 points in the last eight games and is now hitting .286 with 20 hits in 70 at-bats and has seen time at 1B, RF, CF and on the mound, appearing in a total 26 games ... three hits and four RBI vs. Sacramento State (5/14, Gm 1) set new career highs ... currently on a team-high 7 game hit streak in which he's hitting .522 with six doubles and four RBI ... freshman outfielder Tommy Niebergall has appeared in 26 games, starting 14 ... Niebergall is hitting .204 on the season with 11 hits in 54 at-bats ... Michael Turay went 1-for-4 against Sacramento State (5/14) and tied a season-high by driving in two runs in the contest ... Turay has appeared in 27 games this year earning the start at catcher seven times and DH six times ... Hugo Hernandez is hitting .252 with 30 hits, one home run, eight doubles, one triple and 14 RBI ... Bradey Shipley is hitting .263 with 31 hits in 118 at-bats ... he has four doubles, has driven in 16 runs and drawn 13 walks ... hit his first career home run, a 3-run shot, vs. NMSU(4/22) ... his .340 average in WAC play is ninth best ... Jamison Rowe has stolen five bases, is hitting .189 on the year and hit his first home run of the season at LA Tech (5/1) ... Curtis Frisbie is batting .263, has posted a .391 on-base percentage and hit five doubles ... Shipley, Kohan, Stassi and Sing Chow have each driven in four runs in a game which is the team high.
ON THE MOUND: RHP Troy Marks, RHP Tom Jameson, LHP Brock Stassi and Jeremy Cole are the probable starters for Thursday and Friday's games and Saturday's doubleheader, but Sunday's starter is yet to be determined ... Troy Marks is 2-4 with a 3.90 ERA in 15 appearances this season and is coming off a complete-game loss to Sacramento State (5/13) in which he gave up four runs on ten hits in nine innings of work ... career-best performance came vs. Hawai'i (5/5) when he threw a complete-game shutout and held Hawai'i to just three hits (all singles) ... is 2-2 with 24 strikeouts, 11 walks, and has a 3.53 ERA in 35.2 innings in five starts in conference play and has thrown back-to-back complete games ... Marks' 3.90 ERA is tenth lowest in the WAC, .233 opposing batting average is fourth lowest, his 52 hits allowed are the third fewest and 30 runs allowed are tied for the sixth fewest among all qualifying pitchers in the conference ... Marks has struck out 45 hitters ... 23 of those 45 strikeouts have been looking, which is the second highest amount in the WAC ... Jameson earned his fourth win of the season in his last start vs. Sacramento State (5/14, Gm 2) holding the Hornets to three runs (two earned) and seven hits over eight innings ... the sophomore tossed a complete-game shutout vs. New Mexico State (4/21) giving up no runs on five hits, three walks and two strikeouts in nine innings of work ... 70.2 innings pitched are 10th most in the WAC, three runners picked off are fourth most, and 16 batters struck out looking are tied for ninth most ... Cole has a 4-4 record and the 13th lowest ERA in the conference at 4.15 in 56.1 innings in 13 appearances ... four wins are tied with Tom Jameson for the team lead ... tossed seven shutout innings vs. Sacramento State (5/15) and struck out a career-high seven hitters to earn his fourth victory... his four wins match his total from 2010 ... pitched a complete-game shutout in game one of the doubleheader vs. New Mexico State (4/22) ... 30 runs allowed are tied with teammate Troy Marks for the sixth fewest, 15 walks allowed are tied for second fewest, and two home runs are tied for fifth fewest in the WAC among qualifying pitchers ... Stassi earned his second win in game one of last Saturday's doubleheader vs. Sacramento State (5/14), limiting the Hornets to five runs on five hits in six innings of work in Nevada's 10-7 victory ... 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 allowed an unearned run in 6.2 innings of relief of Stassi at LA Tech (5/1) to earn his second victory of the season ... tagged with a tough loss vs. Hawai'i (5/7) allowing four runs (none earned) on three hits, one walk and hit one batter in one inning ... he went seven innings and gave up two earned runs against Cal (3/21) in a losing effort ... freshman RHP Bradey 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 6.97 ERA in 12 appearances ... didn't allow a hit in 0.2 innings in his last appearance vs. Hawai'i (5/7) ... 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 a 7.79 ERA and has appeared in 14 games this year ... earned his first win at Nevada vs. Pacific (3/8) ... Senior Tyler Rogstad has appeared in 16 games this year and has an ERA of 6.94 in 23.1 innings ... senior LHP Mat Keplinger's 19 appearances are a team-high and tied for eighth most in the WAC ... earned his first career save in Nevada's 10-7 victory over Sacramento State (5/14, Gm 1).
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.