Nevada Opens WAC Tournament Versus Louisiana Tech Wednesday

Bradey Shipley will take the mound for the Wolf Pack on Wednesday.

May 22, 2012

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Pack Earns Share Of First WAC Crown: Nevada earned a shared of the 2012 Western Athletic Conference crown tying New Mexico State and Sacramento State with 11-7 conference marks.  It was the first WAC baseball crown for all three teams.

WAC Tournament: Despite a three-way tied for the 2012 WAC regular season title, Nevada earned the third seed in the 2012 WAC Tournament after dropping two-of-three to Sacramento State and New Mexico State.  The Wolf Pack opens play on Wednesday versus Louisiana Tech at 7 p.m. at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz.  
    The Pack swept the three-game series with the Bulldogs at home.  Nevada won two of the games by one run and the other 7-4.  Nevada and Louisiana Tech met once in the WAC Tournament in 2010 in Mesa, Ariz. with the Pack winning 3-1 in an elimination game.    
    Nevada is 11-12 all-time in the WAC Tournament and went 1-2 in 2011.  Twice Nevada advanced to the WAC Tournament Championship in 2007 in Reno and 2008 in Ruston, La.  Both times the Pack fell to Fresno State in the title matchup.

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 911 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 after the Pack defeated SJSU on May 12.  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.
    In his last start at Hawai`i he pitched six innings which gives him 239.2 career innings pitched which ranks ninth in school history.  Former teammate Brock Stassi (2008-11) is eighth with his 243.2 innings pitched.
    Jameson could end the season in the top 10 in ERA as his 2.19 would rank fourth best in a season and his career ERA of 3.57 is seventh best at this time in Pack history.  

Quality Starts:  Nevada's weekend rotation of Bradey Shipley, Tyler Wells and Tom Jameson has combined to make 24 quality starts in their combined 40 starts.  A quality start is pitching six or more innings and allowing three or less earned runs.  
    Shipley leads the team with 11 in his 14 starts this season.  He has quality starts in his last eight outings and 10 in his last 11 games.  The Pack is 8-6 in his 14 starts and 7-4 in his quality starts.
    Jameson has nine quality starts in his 14 trips to the mound.  He had a stretch of four in a row snapped in his outing against SJSU allowing four earned runs in 8.2 innings.  In the last nine games he has seven quality starts.  The other one of his starts in the last nine 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 10-4 when Jameson starts on the mound and 8-1 in his quality starts.
    The freshman Wells has four quality starts to his credit.  The last two weeks he has not pitched in the rotation after struggling on the mound.  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 19 career saves is now second to Rico Lagattuta's (1993-96) 24.
    Gardner's tops the WAC in saves and is 11th nationally.  His five saves in conference play also tops the WAC.

Team Notes: The Wolf Pack is 31-23 and 6-4 in its last 10 games ...   Nevada had won a season-high five in a row until its 2-0 loss to begin the Hawai`i series last week ...  Nevada's 31 wins is seven more than last year when the team finished 24-31  ...   Nevada's 65 double plays leads the WAC and is second in the country to the 69 turned by Illinois  ...  Of the Pack's 22 home runs 11 have been solo shots of which four led off an inning  ...  Nevada has swept two series this season both coming in WAC play vs. LA Tech and SJSU  ...  The Pack ranks 37th in nation in hit by pitch and 20th 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 28 triples is nearly three times as many as the next closest team in the WAC as Sacramento State and New Mexico State have 11 each  ... In the latest NCAA rankings Nevada is sixth in triples and eighth in triples per game  ...  The Pack is 2-3 in extra inning contests, 12-10 in one-run games and 9-8 in games decided by five or more runs  ... Nevada is third in hitting (.287), ranks third in pitching (3.96) and second in fielding (.973) in the WAC  ... In WAC games Nevada finished is fourth in hitting (.268), first in ERA (3.48) and fifth in fielding (.973) 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-14 three-game series this year and three-of-six in WAC play  ... Nevada's 10 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 (.599) and ranks in six 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 20th 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 tied for fifth  ... Klein and Kohan are tied for 29th nationally and Anderson is 54th in triples  ...  Anderson's eight-game hit streak is the longest active hit streak on the team  ...  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) andHunt (6) are tied for first, Yrigoyen (5) is fourth and Rowe (4) is tied for fifth in 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 tops the team with 15 doubles which is tied for fourth in the WAC while Escobar's 14 is tied for seventh in the conference ...  Of Escobar's 45 hits 19 have gone for extra bases, 14 doubles, a triple 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 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 six of the last nine games  ...   Meyer's first career four-hit game was vs. FS (4/27) going 4-for-5 at the plate  ...  Brett Jones has started 15 of the last 18 games 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 (15), Kohan (14), Anderson (14), Yrigoyen (13), Jones (12), Byler (11) and Escobar (10) all have 10 or more multiple hit games.

On The Mound:  Nevada had used the same weekend rotation all season until last two weeks when RHP-Bradey Shipley and Tom Jameson made their starts but LHP-Tyler Wells was replaced by Jason McClaren and Troy Marks the last two weekends  ... 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 8-4 with a 2.12 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 42nd nationally with eight wins   ... Shipley leads the WAC in ERA (2.12), opponent batting average (.219), is fourth in innings pitched (89.1) and is fourth with 79 strikeouts  ...  Shipley struck out a career-high 12 in his start at Hawai`i but was tagged with the loss allowing both runs in the 2-0 loss  ...  Jameson pitched his second career shutout as the Pack blanked Fresno State 1-0 in the final game of the series  ...  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 2.19 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 2.19 is second in the WAC, 90.1 innings pitched is tied for second and seven wins is tied for fourth  ... Shipley (2.12) and Jameson (2.19) are first and second in the WAC in ERA and 41st and 54th in the country  ...  Shipley (1.64) and Jameson (1.71) 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 three relief appearances  ...  On the season Wells is 3-5 with a 6.13 ERA  ...  Closer Matt Gardner is first in the WAC and 11th in the country with 13 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 and Colby Blueberg are second on the team and is tied for eighth in the WAC with 21 appearances each  ...  Nine  Pack relievers have made 10 or more appearances out of the bullpen; Gardner (23), Prihar (21), Colby Blueberg (21), Tim Culligan (18), Elliott Van Gaver (18), McClaren (17), Barry Timko (16), Kody Gorden (16),  and Bryan Suarez (12)  ...  Timko is 4-0 after winning a couple of Tuesday midweek starts  ...  Timko's four wins is third on the team  ...  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.



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