Nevada Hosts Northern Illinois In Home Opener This Weekend
Feb. 21, 2013
Nevada Hosts NIU Travels To Sac State
Nevada (2-2) hosts Northern Illinois (0-4) in the home opener, in the first of four games on Friday at 2 p.m. Saturday’s doubleheader starts at 11 a.m. and Sunday’s single game is an 11 a.m. first pitch. The Wolf Pack plays at Sacramento State on Tuesday at 2 p.m.
Upcoming Nevada Games
Fri., Feb. 22 - Northern Illinois - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park - 2 p.m. PT
Sat., Feb. 23 - Northern Illinois - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park - 11 a.m. PT
Sat., Feb. 23 - Northern Illinois - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park - TBA
Sun., Feb. 24 - Northern Illinois - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park - 11 a.m. PT
Tue., Feb. 26 - at Sacramento State - Sacramento, Calif. - John Smith Field - 2 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
Record: 2-2 MW: 0-0
Head Coach: Gary Powers (Nevada, 1971)
at Nevada: 914-732-5 (31st season)
Career Record: same
Powers vs. NIU: 5-0
Powers vs. Sac State: 55-28
NORTHERN ILLINOIS HUSKIES
Record: 0-4 Mid-American: 0-0
Head Coach: Ed Mathey (North Central, 1986)
at NIU: 255-305-1 (10th season)
Career Record: 460-476-3 (19th season)
NIU HISTORY WITH THE WOLF PACK
Nevada leads the series 5-0. The Wolf Pack swept the Huskies in a five-game series at Peccole Park, Mar. 15-19, 2006. The Pack won by scores of 5-3, 12-8, 13-9, 17-10 and 6-2.
SACRAMENTO STATE HORNETS
Record: 1-2 WAC: 0-0
Head Coach: Reggie Christiansen (Menlo College, 1998)
at Sac State: 51-69 (Third season)
Career Record: 158-210 (Eighth season)
Upcoming Games: host UC Riverside, Feb. 22-24 in a four-game series
SAC STATE HISTORY WITH THE WOLF PACK
Nevada leads the series 74-38. The Wolf Pack dropped two-of-three regular season games at Sacramento State and lost 15-5 in the WAC Tournament to the Hornets last season.
Nevada hosts Holy Cross March 2-3 for three games at Peccole Park. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 11 a.m. and a single game Sunday at 1 p.m.
NEVADA ON RADIO: Nevada baseball can be heard on ESPN Radio 1450 AM with Hall of Fame announcer Don Marchand and Alex Margulies calling the action this week. 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.
HOME VIDEO STREAMING: Video for home games will be streamed on the internet for a fee at NevadaWolfPack.tv
NEVADA PICKED THIRD: Nevada will be competing in the Mountain West for the first time in 2013 after 12 seasons in the Western Athletic Conference. In the preseason MW Coaches Poll the Wolf Pack was picked third behind New Mexico and San Diego State.
SHIPLEY PRESEASON MW SELECTION: Junior right-hander Bradey Shipley was selected to the preseason MW Coaches team. Shipley, the 2012 WAC Pitcher of the Year, went 9-4 with 2.20 ERA in 98.1 innings on the mound. He struck out 88 and walked 40.
KLEIN AND BYLER EXTEND HIT STREAKS: After collecting hits in the first four games of the 2013 season Brooks Klein and Austin Byler extended hit streaks to seven games dating back to the final three games of last season. Kewby Meyer has hit in the last five and Hugo Hernandez the last four.
THEROUX BREAKS HAND: Freshman catcher Collin Theroux broke a bone in his right hand in the second game of the Kansas series in Mesa, Ariz. Theroux was run over by the Kansas player at home plate and suffered the injury. The extent and amount of time he will miss has not been determined.
FORMER PACK FOOTBALL PLAYERS TO THROW OUT FIRST PITCH SATURDAY: Nine former Nevada football players will throw out the first pitch for Saturday’s 11 a.m. game with Northern Illinois. Virgil Green, Kaelin Burnett, Jonathon Amaya, Tray Session, Dontay Moch, Brandon Marshall, Kevin Basped, James Michael Johnson, and Ezra Butler will be at Peccole Park on Saturday to toss out the first pitch.
GERIG DELIVERS: With Nevada trailing 8-7 junior outfielder Brad Gerig delivered a two-out two-RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Wolf Pack a 9-8 walk-off victory over Kansas. Gerig hit the 0-2 pitch off the bottom of the left field wall to score Lance Berringer, who started the inning with a single, and pinch runner Curtis Frisbie.
NEVADA SPLITS OPENING WEEKEND: Nevada split its four-game series with Kansas at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz. The Jayhawks took games 1 and 3 by scores of 11-4 and 6-3. The Pack won Saturday 2-1 and Monday 9-8.
WELLS SHUTOUT: Sophomore lefty Tyler Wells tossed six shutout innings in his first start of the season versus Kansas. Wells allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out one to earn his first win of the season. He was the only Pack starter to earn a victory the opening weekend.
TRIPLES KLEIN: Senior outfielder Brooks Klein tied for team-high honors last season with six triples and after four games this year has collected a pair. Klein went 8-for-17 the opening weekend to hit .471 with four runs scored, a double, the two triples and two RBI. His 13 total bases gives him a slugging percentage of .765. In three of the four games he had multiple hits.
FAIN SHINES: Freshman hurler Michael Fain made the most of his two appearances the opening weekend versus Kansas. Fain was involved in both Pack victories over the Jayhawks. Saturday he worked out of a no out bases loaded jam in the ninth to earn the save in the 2-1 Pack win. Monday he pitched the final three innings of the game to earn his first victory in the Silver & Blue. Fain allowed two runs on three hits in the 9-8 Pack win.
JAMESON REACHES 37: Senior Tom Jameson made his 37th consecutive start the opening weekend against Kansas and the 40th start of his career. Jameson made 15 starts in 2011 and 2012 and nine during his freshman year in 2010 which included the final six games of the season. The Reno High School product is tied for 10th in school history with 19 wins. His 250.2 career innings pitched ranks eighth at Nevada. In 46 games his record is 19-10 with a 3.77 ERA. Twice his freshman year he earned saves.
NEW PLAYERS: The opening weekend saw 27 players take the field for the Pack and 11 were seeing action for the first time in a Wolf Pack uniform. Seven of the 15 position players were new to the program and four-of-12 pitchers.
HERNANDEZ FLASHING LEATHER: Senior first baseman Hugh Hernandez missed all but five games last season with injury and received a medical redshirt. In his first start of the season at first base in game 2 versus Kansas Hernandez was outstanding defensively. He made two great plays with the glove to start double playes including a key 3-2-3 in the top of the ninth with the bases loaded. In the fourth he cut down a runner at home on a chopper to end the scoring threat. He was also involved in another double play as the Pack turn three in the game. At the plate he batted .375 with a run scored, double and RBI.
KAPLAN AT SECOND: Irvine Valley College junior Scott Kaplan was impressive in his first weekend of play for the Pack. The second baseman started all four games and hit .500 going 7-for-14 with a double and two RBI. He had hits in all four games and multiple hits in the first two contests with two in game 1 and three in game 2.