Nevada At Preseason Favorite New Mexico This Weekend
March 20, 2013
Nevada at New Mexico and Saint Mary’s
Nevada (13-8, 2-1 MW) continues its five-game road trip with a three-game MW series at New Mexico (9-11, 2-1 MW) and a nonconference game at St. Mary’s (6-15). After one week of MW action the Wolf Pack and Lobos are tied with San Diego State atop the conference standings at 2-1. UNM is the defending and preseason favorites to win the MW this season. SMC has lost six of seven and 14-of-16 games heading into its WCC conference season opening series with Loyola Marymount this weekend.
Upcoming Nevada Games
Fri., Mar. 22 - at New Mexico - Albuquerque, N.M. - Isotopes Park - 5 p.m. PT
Sat., Mar. 23- at New Mexico - Albuquerque, N.M. - Isotopes Park - 4 p.m. PT
Sun., Mar. 24 - at New Mexico - Albuquerque, N.M. - Isotopes Park - 12 p.m. PT
Tue., Mar. 26 - at Saint Mary’s College - Moraga, Calif. - Louis Guisto Field - 3 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
Record: 13-8 MW: 2-1
Head Coach: Gary Powers (Nevada, 1971)
at Nevada: 925-738-5 (31st season)
Career Record: same
Powers vs. UNM: 4-1
Powers vs. SMC: 35-33
NEW MEXICO LOBOS
Record: 9-11 MW: 2-1
Head Coach: Ray Birmingham (NMSU, 1978)
at UNM: 175-143 (Sixth season)
Career Record: 228-216 (Eighth season)
UNM HISTORY WITH THE WOLF PACK
Nevada leads the series with the Lobos 4-1. The Wolf Pack opened the 2012 season at UNM and won two of the three meetings in Albuquerque, N.M. last season. Nevada won the first game 5-3, dropped game two 3-2 and took the final game of the series 9-8.
SAINT MARY’S GAELS
Record: 6-15 WCC: 0-0
Head Coach: Jedd Soto (University of Louisiana Monroe, 1996)
at SMC: 209-271 (10th season)
Career Record: same
Upcoming Games: vs. Loyola Marymount, Mar. 22-24
SMC HISTORY WITH THE WOLF PACK
The series with SMC is tied at 56-56-1. Nevada won the only meeting last season in Reno 6-5. The game scheduled for Moraga, Calif. last year was rained out.
After five road games the Pack returns home to host Fresno State, Mar. 28-30. The series begins on Thursday as not to conflict with playing on Easter Sunday.
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. Pregam 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.
VIDEO STREAMING: Video for the New Mexico games this weekend will be streamed on the internet for a fee at NevadaWolfPack.tv
PACK TIED ATOP MW STANDINGS: After the first weekend of MW play, Nevada is tied atop the conference standings with New Mexico and San Diego State at 2-1. The Wolf Pack won two games at home from Air Force while the Lobos won two road games at UNLV and the Aztecs took two at Fresno State.
BYLER IN THE MW: Nevada third baseman Austin Byler ranks in the top 10 in 10 offensive categories in the MW. Byler is tied for first with three triples and ranks second in four categories; slugging percentage (.760), RBI (25), on base percentage (.484), home runs (6) and total bases (57). The left-handed hitter is batting .387 to rank third in the MW. His 29 hits is tied for fourth, 18 runs scored is tied for fifth and 12 walks is tied for eighth.
NEVADA IN THE NCAA: In the March 17, NCAA I statistical release Nevada ranks high in several categories. These rankings do not include Tuesday’s game at USF. The Pack is 11th in triples (10), 32nd in double plays (19), 44th in home runs (12), 47th in slugging percentage (.424), 36th in fielding percentage (.975), 47th in runs scored (128), 45th in doubles (45), 75th in on base percentage (.378) and 62nd in scoring (6.4).
PACK PLAYERS IN THE NCAA RANKINGS: In addition to Nevada ranking high in several team categories in the Mar. 17, NCAA I statistical ranks numerous players appear in several individual categories. Third baseman Austin Byler is ninth in home runs (6), 12th in total bases (56), 14th in slugging percentage (.789), 19th in RBI (25), 29th in RBI per game (1.25) and 15th in triples (3).
Senior outfielder Brooks Klein is also 15h in triples (3) and 42nd in toughest to strikeout (19 ab).
Pack pitchers also appear in the national rankings. Freshman Michael Fain is sixth with six saves. Junior Bradey Shipley ranks 15th with 41 strikeouts, is 52nd with 10.35 strikeouts per nine innings and is 16th with five starts. Sophomore lefty Tyler Wells is 16th with four wins and 16th with five starts.
FAIN SHINES: Freshman hurler Michael Fain has earned the closer job in his first season in the Silver & Blue. Fain has been integral in eight of the Pack’s 13 victories with two wins and six saves. Fain’s six saves is tied for the eighth best season in school history with John Barton (1987) and Mike Scott (1978) tied for sixth with seven each.
Fain is first in the MW in saves (6) and games finished (10).
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. Save number six came in the Pack’s first MW victory, a 3-2 win over Air Force.
SHIPLEY K’S: Junior Bradey Shipley leads the MW and ranks 15th nationally with 41 strikeouts. Twice this season Shipley has struck out 10 in a game.
Shipley struck out 10 in eight innings at home versus Northern Illinois to earn his first win of the season. His second 10 strikeout outing was in a no decision in his start at Utah Valley pitching 6.2 innings. In his other three outings he had six, seven and eight strikeouts. His career-high of 12 strikeouts came last season at Hawai`i.
JAMESON CHASING DAD, SEEKING 20TH WIN: Senior Tom Jameson has gotten off to a slow start dropping all four of his starts but his next win will be the 20th for the Pack right hander. The Reno native is also chasing his Dad Rich for the sixth in career innings pitched. Tom is seventh with 267.1 career innings pitched and Rich is sixth with 279.
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. In 50 games his record is 19-13 with a 4.11 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.
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.
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 every game in his two seasons at Nevada. He has played in 78 games with 76 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.
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 his sophomore year. He struck out 88 and walked 40.
NEW PLAYERS: In 21 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.
MEYER NAMED MW MAR. 11-17 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -¬ Nevada first baseman Kewby Meyer earned Mountain West Baseball Player of the Week honors for games played from March 11-17, 2013. It is the first MW recognition for Meyer.
Meyer, a sophomore from Waipahu, Hawaii, hit .400 (6-of-15) for the week as the Wolf Pack went 3-1, including a 2-1 series win against Air Force to start MW play. Meyer started the week with a 2-of-4 performance in an 11-10 road win at UC Davis. He scored two runs, drove in two runs and was walked once. In Nevada’s 3-2 win over Air Force in its first-ever MW Conference game, Meyer hit a sacrifice fly to get the Wolf Pack’s first run across the plate in the first inning. He hit 3-of 4, including two doubles, with a run scored and two RBI in Saturday’s 6-1 win over the Falcons. In Sunday’s 7-3 loss to the Academy, Meyer was 1-of-5 from the plate.
For the week, Meyer, a three-hole hitter, scored three runs, batted in five runs and hit two doubles. He was walked twice. Defensively, Meyer recorded 32 putouts and two assists from his first base position.
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.
TEAM: Nevada defeated Air Force 3-2 in its first ever MW game on Mar. 15 at home ... Twice this season Nevada has won four in a row only to drop the next two, the Pack are currently on the two game skid after the four consecutive wins ... The Pack is second in fielding (.972), third in hitting (.273) and fourth in ERA (5.11) in the MW ... After three MW games Nevada tops the conference in hitting (.278), ERA (3.00) and fielding (.983) in league play ... Nevada’s 10 triples and 61 extra base hits is tied for first and 12 home runs is second in the MW ... Nevada’s season-high 13 runs came on season-best 14 hits vs. Northern Illinois (2/23).
HITTING: Third baseman Austin Byler and outfielder Brooks Klein hit safely in the first seven games of the season which is the longest hit streaks of the year by a Pack player, both hit in the final three games last making the hit streaks 10-games ... Byler hit 3 home runs and drove in nine in Nevada’s 12-10 victory over Holy Cross ... Byler hit .875 (7-for-8) in the Holy Cross doubleheader with three doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI ... Byler hit two home runs and drove in five in Nevada’s 10-3 victory at Utah Valley, he hit three home runs in the series ... Byler has reached base in the last 13 games which is the season-high for any Pack player ... Nevada has three hitters in the top 11 in the MW, Byler is fourth at .387, Klein ranks seventh at .363 and first baseman Kewby Meyer is 11th at .347 ... Byler’s current two-game hit streak is the longest active streak on the team ... Klein’s nine multi hit games tops the team ... Jamison Rowe has batted leadoff 16 times and Jay Anderson five ... Klein and Byler are the only two players to play in all 21 games, each has made 20 starts ... Meyer has two home runs on the season, one more than he totaled all last season.
PITCHING: Freshman reliever Michael Fain is first in the conference and sixth nationally with six saves ... Sophomore Tyler Wells leads the MW with four wins while teammate Bradey Shipley is tied for second with three ... Wells’ four wins is one more than he totaled last year when he was 3-5 ... Wells struck out a career-high eight in his win at Utah Valley ... In his last outing vs. Air Force he pitched a career-high 7.1 innings ... Shipley’s 41 strikeouts tops the MW and is 15th nationally ... Shipley is second in the MW with 35.2 innings pitched and his three pick-offs is tied for first ... Relievers Sean Prihar, Colby Blueberg and Kody Gorden are all 1-0 ... Fain and Blueberg top the Pack and are tied for third in the MW with 10 appearances ... Fain’s 10 games finished is first in the conference ... ... Nevada is 5-0 when Wells starts, 3-0 when freshman Mark Reece gets the start, 3-2 when Shipley takes to the mound and 2-2 for Barry Timko ... Blueberg won his first game of the year pitching 2.2 scoreless innings of relief at Pacific ... Freshman Adam Whitt earned his first win at UC Davis pitching a scoreless eighth inning.