Nevada Begins Play In Mountain West Championship Wednesday


Braden Shipley will make the start on Wednesday night.


Braden Shipley will make the start on Wednesday night.

May 20, 2013

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NEVADA TO PLAY IN FIRST MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPIONSHIP
Nevada (24-30, 11-30 MW) will play in its first Mountain West Championship starting Wednesday night at 7 p.m. versus Fresno State (21-31, 14-16 MW).  The 2013 MW Championship is being hosted at Fresno State's Pete Beiden Field from May 22-26.  The winner of the double elimination championship receives the MW's automatic bid the NCAA Championship.

NEVADA WOLF PACK
    Record: 24-30 MW: 11-19
    Head Coach: Gary Powers (Nevada, 1971)
    at Nevada: 936-760-5  (31st season)
    Career Record: same

MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT

Wednesday, May 22     Time    Webcast/TV
Game 1 - No. 3 San Diego State vs. No. 6 Air Force    3 p.m. PT     MWN
Game 2 - No. 4 Fresno State vs. No. 5 Nevada           7 p.m. PT     MWN

Thursday, May 23
Game 3 - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2                       11 a.m. PT     MWN
Game 4 - No. 2 UNLV vs. Highest winning seed G1/2           3 p.m. PT     MWN
Game 5 - No. 1 New Mexico vs. Lowest winning seed G1/2    7 p.m. PT     MWN

Friday, May 24
Game 6 - Winner Game 3 vs. Lowest losing seed G4/5    11 a.m. PT     MWN
Game 7 - Winner Game 6 vs. Highest losing seed G4/5    3 p.m. PT     MWN
Game 8 - Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5    7 p.m. PT     MWN

Saturday, May 25
Game 9 - Winner Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8    3 p.m. PT     MWN
Championship Game - Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 9    7 p.m. PT     MWN

Sunday, May 26
Championship Game 11 (if necessary)    1 p.m. PT     MWN


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.

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:  All games of the MW Championship will be streamed for free at
http://www.themwc.com/champ/basebl-champ-2013.html

NEVADA FINISHES FIFTH:  Competing for the first time in the  Mountain West Nevada finished the regular season fifth with a 11-19 conference record.  The fifth seeded Wolf Pack will play Fresno State who earned the fourth seed based on their 14-16 MW record on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Pete Beiden Field in Fresno, Calif.

New Mexico (25-5) won the regular season championship to earn the top seed and a first round bye.  UNLV (18-12) finished second and will also receive a bye.  SDSU (15-15) is seeded third and Air Force (7-23) sixth and will play Wednesday at 3 p.m.

GIVING IT AWAY:  Nevada has lost its last seven games and is 2-8 in the last 10 games.  In those 10 games the Wolf Pack has committed 26 errors which has resulted in 20 unearned runs, an averaged of two unearned runs per game.  The Pack is scoring just 2.9 runs per game in the last 10 outings.

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.

DRAWING A CROWD:  Nevada junior pitcher Braden Shipley has drawn a crowd at each of his 14 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.com.  His fastball has been clocked as high as 99 mph.

The right-handed Shipley is 7-3 with a 2.81 ERA, with 94 strikeouts in 99.1 innings on the mound.  In Mountain West play his record stands at 5-3 with an ERA of 2.76 in 71.2 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.

NOTHING EARNED:  Nevada's weekend rotation of Braden Shipley, Tyler Wells and Tom Jameson did not allow an earned run in the home San Diego State series May 3-5, 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.

SHIPLEY CRACKS NEVADA TOP 10'S:   Junior pitcher Braden Shipley has cracked a pair of Pack lists after last week's start at Fresno State.  Shipley's 94 strikeouts is the 10th best season in school history passing his 88 from last year.  His 195 career strikeouts is ninth most in Pack history.  With five more strikeouts he will become the seventh Nevada pitcher to record 200 strikeouts in a career.  Both lists appear on page 3 of this release.  

BYLER tO MISS REMAINDER OF 2013:   Pack third baseman Austin Byler has missed the last four games as a result of injury and will not return this season.  Byler was leading the regulars with a .346 average and topped the team with eight home runs.  In addition to leading the Pack offense in several categories the left-handed hitter was among the MW leaders in numerous categories.

KLEIN IN THE MW:   Nevada right fielder Brooks Klein ranks in the top 10 in seven offensive categories in the MW.

Klein is tied for fifth with four triples, is sixth in total bases (110), tied for sixth in home runs (7), is sixth in RBI (42), is tied for eighth in hits (69), ranks ninth in slugging percentage (.539) and is 10th in batting average (.338).

NEVADA IN THE NCAA:   In the May 19, NCAA I statistical release Nevada ranks high in several categories.  

The Pack is 18th in double plays (54) and 21st in double plays per game (1.0).  Nevada is also 57th in triples (16), 65th in triples per game (.30), 94th in doubles (93), 65th in home runs (30), 75th in home runs per game (.56), 41st in sacrifice bunts (56), 83rd in sacrifice flies (24) and 66th in hit by pitch (66).

PACK PLAYERS IN THE NCAA RANKINGS:   In addition to Nevada ranking high in several team categories in the May 19, NCAA I statistical rankings numerous players appear in individual categories.  

Third baseman Austin Byler is 89th in home runs (8) and slugging percentage (.566).

Senior outfielder Brooks Klein is 100th in total bases (110).

Three Pack pitchers appear in the national rankings.  Freshman Michael Fain is 56th with nine saves.  Junior Braden Shipley ranks 29th with 94 strikeouts and 73rd with just 6.98 hits per nine innings.  

Shipley and sophomore lefty Tyler Wells are 14th with 14 starts on the season.  

MEYER COLLECTS FIVE HITS:   Batting leadoff for the first time in his Pack career first baseman Kewby Meyer went 5-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI in the second game of the Fresno State series last weekend.  The five hits is a career high for the sophomore.   The five hits is the most by a Pack player this year and tied for the most by any hitter in MW play this season.

ONE-TWO -PUNCH:  Nevada's one-two punch on the mound has been junior right-hander Braden Shipley (7-3) and sophomore lefty Tyler Wells (4-5).  The two are a combined 11-8 on the season.  Shipley is third in the MW with a 2.81 ERA and Wells is sixth at 3.86.  In MW games Shipley is fourth with a 2.76 ERA while Wells ranks seventh with a 4.06 ERA.  Shipley is tied for third in the MW with seven wins as is his five wins in conference play.  

Nevada is just 7-7 in Shipley starts and Wells starts.  Three times 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 17-7 with a 2.81 ERA, has 195 strikeouts, three complete games and has thrown 208 innings.  

Shipley has 11 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.  At Fresno State he allowed no runs, one hit and struck out 10 in a no decision.

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 7-10 with 4.98 ERA.  He has 93 strikeouts in 141 innings on the mound.    

Wells has seven quality starts and twice struck out a career-high nine this year at Utah Valley and at home against UNLV.

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 56th 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 29th nationally with 94 strikeouts.  In MW play Shipley is second with 61 strikeouts.  Four 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.   At FS he struck out 10 in seven innings, allowed one hit and received a no decision.  His career-high of 12 strikeouts came last season at Hawai`i.

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 38 games and earned 22 starts, 14 at first base, six at designated hitter and two at third base.  His .348 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 16 games played the Sylmar, Calif. native is batting .400 (20-for-50) with 11 runs scored, has 10 RBI, eight doubles and two home runs.  His on base percentage is .489 with a .775 slugging percentage in the 13 games.  Twice this year he has hit pinch hit home runs at Utah Valley and home versus New Mexico.

JAMESON THIRD:  Senior Tom Jameson tossed eight shutout innings at home versus San Diego State and moved into third place on Nevada's career innings pitched list passing Mateo Miramontes (2001-03).  Currently Jameson has 321 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 59 career games his record is 20-17 with a 4.23 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 15 stolen bases and has swiped 15-of-18 this year.  In MW play his eight steals is tied for third.  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 27-for-34 in the Silver & Blue.

 TOUGH LUCK SHIP:   Junior pitcher Braden Shipley is 7-3 on the season but three times 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 Fresno State he allowed just one hit and struck out 10 in seven innings leaving with the Pack on top 1-0 but received a no decision after the Bulldogs rallied for a 2-1 victory in 10 innings.  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 7-7 when Shipley starts on the mound.

KLEIN OVER 100:   Senior outfielder Brooks Klein played in over 100 games in his two seasons at Nevada.  Klein has played in all 111 games at Nevada and started 109.  His career batting average stands at .337 with 28 doubles, 10 triples and 84 RBI.

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.

GERIG DOES IT AGAIN:  Junior Brad Gerig moved from the outfield to third base and started eight consecutive games until last weekend at Fresno State when he played exclusively in the outfield earning one start.  In those eight starts he batted .385 (10-for-26) with five runs scored, five doubles, a triple, a home run and seven RBI.  His slugging percentage was .769 and on base percentage is .393.

On the season he is batting .257 with 16 runs scored, nine doubles, a triple, two home runs and 17 RBI.

In Gerig's first game starting at third base 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.

In the final game of the SDSU series 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.  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.

   


 

 

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