Nevada Opens MW Play Hosting Air Force this Weekend
March 14, 2013
NEVADA HOSTS AIR FORCE AT USF
Nevada (11-6) begins Mountain West play hosting Air Force (5-10) this weekend before traveling to San Francisco to play the USF Dons (7-9) on Tuesday. After winning four in a row the Wolf Pack split four road games last weekend. AF was swept last week at Gardner-Webb. USF opens WCC play this week at Gonzaga.
Upcoming Nevada Games
Fri., Mar. 15 - Air Force - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park - 2 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 16 - Air Force - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park - 1 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 17 - Air Force - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park - 1 p.m.
Tue., Mar. 19 - at San Francisco - San Francisco, Calif. - Benedetti Diamond - 2 p.m.
NEVADA WOLF PACK
Record: 11-6 MW: 0-0
Head Coach: Gary Powers (Nevada, 1971)
at Nevada: 923-736-5 (31st season)
Career Record: same
Powers vs. AF: 0-0
Powers vs. USF: 38-15
AIR FORCE FALCONS
Record: 5-10 MW: 0-0
Head Coach: Mike Kazlausky (Air Force,1991)
at AF: 38-85 (Third season)
Career Record: same
AF HISTORY WITH THE WOLF PACK
Nevada and Air Force are meeting for the first time on the diamond this weekend at Peccole Park.
SAN FRANCISCO DONS
Record: 7-9 WCC: 0-0
Head Coach: Nino Giarratano (William Jewell College, 1985)
at USF: 404-409-1 (15th season)
Career Record: same
Upcoming Games: at Gonzaga, Mar. 15-17
USF HISTORY WITH THE WOLF PACK
Nevada leads the series 79-29. The Pack won both meetings last season 7-3 at USF and 10-5 at Peccole Park.
Nevada travels to Albuquerque, N.M. to play preseason MW favorite New Mexico on Mar. 22-24.
NEVADA ON RADIO: Nevada baseball can be heard on ESPN Radio 1450 AM with Hall of Fame announcer Don Marchand calling the action this week.
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
NEVADA OPENS MW PLAY: After competing the last 12 seasons in the Western Athletic Conference a new ear begins on Friday when Nevada opens play in the Mountain West with Air Force at Peccole Park. The Wolf Pack earned a share of its first WAC title last season and is seeking its first title in the MW.
BYLER IN THE MW: Nevada third baseman Austin Byler ranks in the top 10 in 10 offensive categories in the MW. Byler leads the conference with 24 RBI and is tied for first with three triples.
He ranks second in four categories; slugging percentage (.869), on base percentage (.507) and home runs (6) and total bases (53). His .410 batting average ranks third in the MW while his 25 hits and 16 runs scored is tied for third. The Pack infielder’s 11 runs scored is tied for fifth.
NEVADA IN THE NCAA: In the March 10, NCAA I statistical release Nevada ranks high in several categories. These rankings do not include Tuesday’s game at UC Davis. The Pack is ninth in triples (9), 12th in double plays (18), 17th in home runs (12), 28th in walks (76), 30th in slugging percentage (.442), 31st in fielding percentage (.977), 33rd in runs scored (105), 37th in doubles (32), 56th in on base percentage (.385) and 57th in scoring (6.6).
KLEIN STREAK ENDS: Senior outfielder Brooks Klein 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 the left field. The pinch hit appearance keep alive his streak of playing in all 74 games at Nevada with 72 being starts. 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.
PACK PLAYERS IN THE NCAA RANKINGS: In addition to Nevada ranking high in several team categories in the Mar. 10, NCAA I statistical ranks numerous players appear in several categories. Third baseman Austin Byler is second in total bases (52), fourth in home runs (6), fourth in slugging percentage (.897), eighth in RBI (23), 13th in RBI per game (1.44) and fifth in triples (3).
Senior outfielder Brooks Klein is also fifth in triples (3), 57th in toughest to strikeout (20.3 ab) and 73rd in on base percentage (.500).
The Pack also pitchers appear in the national rankings. Freshman Michael Fain is 16th with four saves. Junior Bradey Shipley ranks 18th with 33 strikeouts, is 55th with 10.73 strikeouts per nine innings and is 15th with four starts. Sophomore lefty Tyler Wells is 27th with three wins and 15th with four starts.
FAIN SHINES: Freshman hurler Michael Fain has made the most of his nine appearances in his first season in the Silver & Blue. Fain has been integral in seven of the Pack’s 11 victories with two wins and five saves. Fain is first in the MW in saves (5), appearances (9), games finished (9) and games in relief (9).
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.
SHIPLEY AND WELLS K’S: Twice this season junior Bradey Shipley has struck out 10 batters in a game and sophomore Tyler Wells struck out a career-high nine at Utah Valley in his last start.
Shipley struck out 10 in eight innings at home versus Northern Illinois to earn his first win of the season and 10 in 6.2 innings in a no decision in his last start at Utah Valley. In his other two outings he had six and seven strikeouts. He ranks second in the MW and 18th nationally with 33 strikeouts. His career-high of 12 strikeouts came last season at Hawai`i.
No known as a strikeout pitcher Wells had a career-high nine in his last start at UVU over 6.2 innings to earn his third win of the season. The three wins leads the Pack, is tied for first in the MW and 27th in the nation.
MEYER HOMERS TWICE: Sophomore first baseman Kewby Meyer homered twice in the Northern Illinois series. Meyer’s first home run was the Pack’s first of the season and first of his career at Peccole Park. The homer was a two-run shot in the bottom of the fifth in the first game of the NIU series. His second home run was a two-run shot in the bottom of the eighth inning in the series finale versus the Huskies that broke a 1-1 tie as the Pack prevailed 3-1. After hitting one home run all last season he has a career-high two in his second season.
JAMESON SEEKING 20TH WIN: Senior Tom Jameson has gotten off to a slow start dropping all three of his starts but his next win will be the 20th for the Pack right hander.
The Reno High School product is tied for 10th in school history with 19 wins with Kody Kosman (1992-93) and Matt Rainer (1998-00) tied for eighth with 20. His 261.2 career innings pitched ranks eighth at Nevada with Matt Rainer (1998-00) seventh with 265.1. In 49 games his record is 19-12 with a 3.99 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.
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.
NEW PLAYERS: In 17 games all 35 players on the roster have seen action. Of the 35 players, 15 are first year players in the program. Of the 15 new players, seven are position players and eight pitchers.
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. He will remain in a cast the next four weeks and then be reevaluated.
HERNANDEZ RETURNS: Senior first baseman Hugh Hernandez missed all but five games last season with injury and received a medical redshirt. Hernandez has played in 11 games and earned five starts, four starts at first base and one at designated hitter. He is batting .412 with two doubles, a home run and four RBI.
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 plays 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 turned three in the game.
BYLER NAMED FEB. 25-MAR. 4 MW PLAYER OF THE WEEK: COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Nevada third baseman Austin Byler earned Mountain West Baseball Player of the Week honors for games played from Feb. 25-March 4, 2013. It is the first MW for Byler and a Nevada baseball player.
Byler, a sophomore from Peoria, Ariz., hit .615 (8-of-13) for the week as the Wolf Pack went 3-1, including a series win against Holy Cross. Byler came off the bench in Tuesday’s 4-1 loss at Sacramento State before starting against the Crusaders on Saturday. He delivered game-winning hits twice in the Holy Cross series. In Game One of Saturday’s doubleheader, Byler was 3-of-3 with three RBI, a run scored and two doubles in the 8-1 victory. His three-run homer in the eighth inning of Game Two was the game-winner (12-10) for the doubleheader sweep. Byler finished Game Two hitting 4-of-5 with nine RBI, three home runs, a double and three runs score. In the series finale, Byler provided a game-winning bases-loaded RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to seal the 7-6 victory. It was his only hit of the game after being walked twice. He finished the week with a slugging percentage of 1.538 and on-base percentage of .706.