Shipley And Klein Earn Mountain West Honors





May 22, 2013

Braden Shipley and Brooks Klein have been named to the Mountain West baseball team.

Nevada's Braden Shipley and Brooks Klein have been named to Mountain West baseball teams.   Shipley, the Wolf Pack's ace pitcher, was named the Co-MW Pitcher of the Year and Klein earned second team honors in the outfield.  

Shipley earned conference pitcher of the year honors for the second year in a row after being named the Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year as a sophomore in 2012.  Shipley is 7-3 on the season with a 2.81 ERA in 99.1 innings on the mound.  He tops the team in wins, ERA, innings pitched and strikeouts with 94.  Shipley, from Medford, Ore., was 5-1 with a 2.76 earned run average in Conference play this year. He was second in the league with an opposing batting average of .211 and 61 strikeouts. Shipley threw a league-high 71.2 innings.

Klein the Pack's starting right fielder is batting .338 with 33 runs scored, 12 doubles, four triples and 42 RBI.  He tops the team in RBI, doubles, triples and is second with seven home runs.  In MW play he batted .301 with 14 runs scored, seven doubles, a triple, two home runs and drove in 21.

Nevada opens play in the MW Championship tonight against Fresno State at 7 p.m. at Pete Beiden Field in Fresno, Calif.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - For the second straight season, the Mountain West baseball coaches chose New Mexico senior catcher Mitch Garver and junior third baseman DJ Peterson as the MW Baseball Co-Players of the Year as the 2013 All-Conference team and individual award winners were announced today. Nevada junior right-hander Braden Shipley and UNLV junior right-hander Buddy Borden were named MW Co-Pitchers of the Year, while Fresno State right-hander Blake Quinn and New Mexico second baseman Sam Haggerty are Co-Freshmen of the Year. UNM skipper Ray Birmingham earned his second consecutive MW Coach of the Year honor.

The pairing of Garver and Peterson led the Lobos to a second consecutive regular season championship for the Lobos in 2013. The duo ranked among the top three in eight offensive categories including batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs scored, hits, runs batted in, doubles and total bases in MW action. They tied for first in RBI with 42 apiece. Peterson, a Gilbert, Ariz., product, topped the league with a .769 slugging percentage, .525 on-base percentage, 16 doubles, seven home runs and 83 total bases. Garver, an Albuquerque, N.M., native, led the league with a .416 batting average, just ahead of Peterson in second at .407. Garver also tops the Conference with 52 hits.

Shipley, from Medford, Ore., was 5-1 with a 2.76 earned run average in Conference play this year. He was second in the league with an opposing batting average of .211 and 61 strikeouts. Shipley threw a league-high 71.2 innings. Borden, from Las Vegas, Nev., finished with a 6-0 Conference record and a 2.84 ERA in 66.2 innings. He also had 47 strikeouts and an opposing batting average of .250.

In seven MW appearances, Quinn, a Fresno, Calif., native, produced a league-leading 2.15 ERA as well as a Conference-best .207 opposing batting average. Hailing from Denver, Colo., Haggerty led the league with 37 runs scored, 26 walks and five triples in MW action.

Birmingham led the Lobos to their second Mountain West regular season title since 2000, the league's inaugural year. UNM compiled a 25-5 Conference record en route to earning the No. 1 seed for the 2013 Mountain West Baseball Championship, May 22-26, at Pete Beiden Field in Fresno, Calif.

Seven players were repeat All-Conference selections from a year ago, including Garver's and Peterson's teammates Alex Allbritton and Josh Melendez. The Air Force duo of Seth Kline and Garrett Custons are also repeat honorees, along with UNLV's Brandon Bayardi. Custons and Bayardi have been named to the All-MW team for the third season.

2013 All-Mountain West Baseball Team

FIRST TEAM

Position

Name

Team

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

Hometown

Catcher

Mitch Garver^

New Mexico

6-1

205

Sr.

Albuquerque, N.M.

First Base

Seth Kline^

Air Force

6-1

225

Jr.

Yakima, Wash.

Second Base

Tim Zier

San Diego State

5-10

195

Jr.

Escondido, Calif.

Third Base

DJ Peterson^

New Mexico

6-1

205

Jr.

Gilbert, Ariz.

Shortstop

Alex Allbritton^

New Mexico

6-2

185

Sr.

Aurora, Colo.

Outfielder

Aaron Judge

Fresno State

6-7

255

Jr.

Linden, Calif.

Outfielder

Josh Melendez^

New Mexico

5-11

190

Sr.

Chandler, Ariz.

Outfielder

Brandon Bayardi!^

UNLV

6-2

235

Sr.

Phoenix, Ariz.

DH/Utility

Garrett Custons!^

Air Force

5-11

200

Sr.

Sarasota, Fla.

Pitcher

Braden Shipley

Nevada

6-3

190

Jr.

Medford, Ore.

Pitcher

Sam Wolff

New Mexico

6-1

190

Sr.

Rapid City, S.D.

Pitcher

Ryan Doran

San Diego State

6-1

175

Sr.

Orange, Calif.

Pitcher

Buddy Borden

UNLV

6-3

210

Jr.

Las Vegas, Nev.

Relief Pitcher

Gabe Aguilar

New Mexico

5-8

175

Sr.

El Paso, Texas

SECOND TEAM

Catcher

Jake Romanski

San Diego State

5-10

180

Sr.

Corona, Calif.

First Base

Ryan Muno

San Diego State

6-1

195

So.

La Quinta, Calif.

First Base

Patrick Armstrong

UNLV

6-0

225

Jr.

Woodbridge, Calif.

Second Base

Sam Haggerty

New Mexico

5-11

175

Fr.

Denver, Colo.

Third Base

T.J. White

UNLV

5-11

190

So.

Las Vegas, Nev.

Shortstop

Chris Mariscal

Fresno State

5-11

175

So.

Fresno, Calif.

Outfielder

David Baska

Air Force

6-0

180

Sr.

McKinney, Texas

Outfielder

Brooks Klein

Nevada

6-2

190

Sr.

Blue Diamond, Nev.

Outfielder

Luke Campbell

New Mexico

6-0

200

Sr.

Arvada, Colo.

DH/Utility

Alex Real

New Mexico

6-0

215

So.

Anthem, Ariz.

DH/Utility

Mark Shannon

UNLV

6-0

180

Sr.

Littleton, Colo.

Pitcher

Blake Quinn

Fresno State

6-5

210

Fr.

Fresno, Calif.

Pitcher

Michael Cederoth

San Diego State

6-6

210

So.

San Diego, Calif.

Relief Pitcher

Bubba Derby

San Diego State

5-10

185

Fr.

Monrovia, Calif.

Co-Players of the Year - Mitch Garver, New Mexico; DJ Peterson, New Mexico

Co-Pitchers of the Year - Braden Shipley, Nevada; Buddy Borden, UNLV

Co-Freshmen of the Year - Blake Quinn, Fresno State; Sam Haggerty, New Mexico

Coach of the Year - Ray Birmingham, New Mexico

!2011 All-MW selection
^2012 All-MW selection





 

 

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