Nevada Baseball Travels to Mesa, Ariz. for WAC Tournament
Three Nevada Baseball Players Graduate: Seniors Mat Keplinger, Tyler Rogstad and Mark Joukoff each received their degree from the University of Nevada on Saturday, May 14, 2011.
Stassi Owns Fourth Best Average in the WAC: Brock Stassi has the fourth highest batting average in the conference at .376 ... four RBI and four hits vs. Sacramento State (5/15) tied career-highs ... the senior's 71 hits are fourth most in the conference ... his 19 doubles are third most and put him just three away from entering the top 10 and six away from tying the single-season Nevada record set by Justin Drizos in 1994 ... has the fifth best on base percentage at .471, seventh highest slugging percentage at .540, tied for fourth most total bases with 102 and 31 walks are ninth most in the WAC ... ranks in multiple offensive categories in WAC play as well ... his 42 hits are a conference-high, 11 doubles are second most behind teammate Nick Melino's 13, 23 RBI are fifth best, and his .438 average is second best ... has 21 multi-hit games and six multi-RBI games this season ... has multiple hits in 17 of the last 28 games, seven of which are three-hit games and one that was a four-hit game vs. Sacramento State (5/15) ... batting .412 (14-for-34) with three runs scored, a double, two triples and eight RBI during a current eight-game hit streak which is tied with Nick Melino for the longest active streak on the team ... has reached base in 15 consecutive games.
Gardner Enters Top Ten in Nevada Record Book: Matt Gardner's six saves are sixth most in the WAC and tie him for the sixth most in a season at Nevada ... has had a win or save in eight of Nevada's 23 wins ... saved two games in the final series of the regular season vs. SJSU (5/20 & 5/21) ... his last win came against San Francisco State (4/12) ... Gardner is 2-1 with six saves and a 1.35 ERA and has given up just 16 hits and three earned runs in 20 innings this year ... he has struck out 23 batters.
TEAM: The Wolf Pack is 23-29 and is 6-4 in its last 10 games ... since starting the season 0-9, the Pack has gone 23-20 ... the last time a Nevada team started 0-9 was in 1989 ... the Pack finished 30-28 in 1989 ... Nevada's 14 triples are 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 (.276) and fielding (.968) in the WAC ... the Wolf Pack is third in hitting in WAC play with an average of .299 and has the fourth lowest ERA at 4.68 ... Nevada has hit 27 home runs to its opponents 20 this year ... the Wolf Pack has caught a WAC-leading 30 runners stealing ... Nevada pitchers have thrown five shutouts this season, a feat the staff last accomplished in 2007 ... Nevada hitters have struck out 326 times, the third fewest amount of all WAC teams ... the Pack finished the 2011 season with a 17-10 record at Peccole Park ... Nevada is 8-7 in one run games and 14-0 when leading after eight innings.
AT THE PLATE: Catcher Carlos Escobar Jr. is hitting .289 this season ... he has scored 20 runs and has 39 hits and 22 RBI in 135 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 18 runners stealing which is tied for the most in the WAC and is tied for the second most runners picked off with six ... Joe Kohan is hitting .291 ... his three triples are tied for second most and 10 sacrifice bunts are tied for third most in the conference ... nine 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 .984 fielding percentage and has seen time at first base, second base, right field and 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 45 of the Pack's 52 games ... Barnett started three games in right field and one at second base in the San Jose State series ... Kohan, Garrett Yrigoyen, Melino and Brock Stassi have started all 52 games for the Pack ... Yrigoyen is the only Nevada position player to start every game of the season at the same position (third base) ... his 29 RBI are third most on the team, he leads in stolen bases with 10 in 13 attempts and his eight multi-RBI games are tied with Escobar 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 15 pitches, and has hit 18 doubles this season with 13 coming in conference play ... his .312 average is the 17th best in the WAC ... the 18 doubles are tied for fourth most in the conference and the 13 doubles in WAC play are 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) ... 189 at-bats are tied with two others for the team high ... hitting .346 (9-for-26) with 10 runs scored, five doubles and five walks during his current eight-game hitting streak which is tied with Stassi for the longest active streak ... senior Waylen Sing Chow hit his first career home run, a solo shot to leadoff the game, vs. NMSU (4/22) ... the versatile senior is hitting .432 (16-for-37) with 13 runs scored, seven RBI and seven doubles over his last 12 games ... has seen time at 1B, RF, CF and on the mound, appearing in a total 31 games ... three hits and four RBI vs. Sacramento State (5/14, Gm 1) set new career highs ... tied his career high for hits at San Jose State (5/22) going 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored ... seven-game hit streak in which he was hitting .522 with six doubles and four RBI was snapped at Fresno State (5/19) ... freshman outfielder Tommy Niebergall has appeared in 29 games, starting 16 ... Niebergall is hitting .194 on the season with 12 hits in 62 at-bats ... had a clutch bases-loaded single in a 5-4 game at San Jose State (5/21) to tie it in the seventh inning of Nevada's 7-6 victory ... Michael Turay executed a game-winning suicide squeeze to put Nevada ahead 7-5 in the top of the ninth in its 7-6 victory over San Jose State (5/21 & 5/22) ... has driven in a season-high two runs four times this year, most recently at San Jose State (5/22) ... Turay has appeared in 31 games this year earning the start at catcher nine times and DH seven times ... Hugo Hernandez is hitting .256 with 32 hits, one home run, eight doubles, one triple and 17 RBI ... went 2-for-4 with two RBI at San Jose State (5/22) ... Bradey Shipley is hitting .271 with 35 hits in 129 at-bats ... he has six doubles, has driven in 17 runs and drawn 15 walks ... hit his first career home run, a 3-run shot, vs. NMSU(4/22) ... his .344 average in WAC play is 11th best ... Jamison Rowe has stolen five bases, is hitting .200 on the year and hit his first home run of the season at LA Tech (5/1) ... Curtis Frisbie is batting .256, has posted a .396 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: Nevada's WAC Tournament rotation is yet to be decided, but RHP Troy Marks, RHP Tom Jameson, LHP Brock Stassi and Jeremy Cole make up the Wolf Pack's rotation ... Troy Marks is 2-5 with a 3.88 ERA in 16 appearances this season ... took the loss at Fresno State (5/19) going five innings and allowing five runs (two earned) on six hits, four walks and five strikeouts ... 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 2-3 with 29 strikeouts, 15 walks, and has a 3.54 ERA in 40.2 innings in six starts in conference play ... threw back-to-back complete games versus Hawai'i (5/6) and Sacramento State (5/13) ... Marks' 3.88 ERA is sixth lowest in the WAC, .238 opposing batting average is third lowest, his 58 hits allowed are the second fewest and 35 runs allowed are tied for the sixth fewest among all qualifying pitchers in the conference ... Marks has struck out 50 hitters ... 26 of those 50 strikeouts have been looking, which is the second highest amount in the WAC ... Jameson earned his team-leading fifth win of the season after dominating in his last start at San Jose State (5/20) holding the Spartans to one unearned and six hits over six 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 ... 76.2 innings pitched are 10th most in the WAC, three runners picked off are fourth most, and 17 batters struck out looking are tied for eighth most ... Cole was named WAC Pitcher of the Week after tossing seven shutout innings vs. Sacramento State (5/15) and striking out a career-high seven hitters to earn his fourth victory ... his four wins match his total from 2010 and are second most on the Nevada staff ... pitched a complete-game shutout in game one of the doubleheader vs. New Mexico State (4/22) ... 35 runs allowed are tied with teammate Troy Marks for the sixth fewest, 19 walks allowed are good for fourth fewest, and three home runs allowed are tied for sixth fewest in the WAC among qualifying pitchers ... Stassi earned a no-decision in his last start at San Jose State (5/21) giving up six hits on four runs and two walks in 3.1 innings of work ... earned his second win versus Sacramento State (5/14, Gm 1), 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 ... Mark Joukoff has been arguably the Pack's most consistent pitcher in conference play, going 2-1 with a 1.42 ERA in 12.1 innings in five relief appearances ... picked up his third win of the season at San Jose State (5/21) holding the Spartans scoreless over three innings and allowing just three hits ... 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 ... senior Tyler Rogstad has appeared in 18 games this year and has an ERA of 7.27 in 26 innings ... earned his first career save at San Jose State (5/22) ... senior LHP Mat Keplinger's 21 appearances are a team-high and tied for seventh most in the WAC ... earned his first career save in Nevada's 10-7 victory over Sacramento State (5/14, Gm 1).freshman RHP Bradey Shipley has struck out 13 batters in 10.1 innings this season ... got the start in the Pack's final game of the regular season at San Jose State (5/22), giving up four runs on six hits in 2.2 innings of work in a no-decision ... 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 7.29 ERA in 13 appearances ... allowed one run on no hits and two walks in 0.1 innings in his last appearance at San Jose State (5/21) ... 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 8.24 ERA and has appeared in 16 games this year ... earned his first win at Nevada vs. Pacific (3/8).
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.