Nevada Hosts Fresno State Easter Week
March 27, 2013
NEVADA HOSTS FRESNO STATE, PLAY RENO ACES
After going 2-3 in a five-game road swing Nevada (15-10, 3-3 MW) returns home to host Fresno State (5-16, 1-3 MW) in a three-game Mountain West series at Peccole Park Easter weekend. The Wolf Pack is third in the MW standings after two weeks of play with a 3-3 mark. The Bulldogs are sixth in the conference standings at 1-3. FS has played just four games after two were snowed out last week at Air Force.
On Tuesday the Pack takes on the Reno Aces, the Triple A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks at Aces Ballpark with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday’s game will be the fourth time the two Reno teams will play the annual exhibition contest which is a fundraiser for Nevada’s Dugout Club. The Pack won for the first time last year 7-3 after the Aces took the first two meetings.
PROMOTIONS FOR THE FRESNO STATE SERIES
The first game of the series with Fresno State is throwback Thursday so wear your oldest Nevada gear. Fans can pickup Jay Anderson and Ryan Baker baseball cards as you enter the ballpark. On Friday Kewby Meyer and Scott Kaplan baseball cards will be handed out as you enter the ballpark.
Prior to Saturday’s game is the Wolf Pack Baseball Easter Eggstravaganza as children middle school age and under are invited to participate in the Easter egg dash. Bring your Easter baskets to collect to eggs on the field with Wolfie Jr. and Alphie. Those wishing to participate are asked to meet at the Dug Out Club entrance at 12:30 p.m. and will need a game ticket to enter the park, adults are $7 and children $5. Daniel Levine and Mark Reece baseball cards will be available as you enter the game.
Upcoming Nevada Games
Thur., Mar. 28 - vs. Fresno State - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park - 6 p.m. PT
Fri., Mar. 29 - vs. Fresno State - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park - 6 p.m. PT
Sat., Mar. 30 - vs. Fresno State - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park - 1 p.m. PT
Tue., Apr. 2 - vs. Reno Aces - Reno, Nev. - Aces Ballpark - 6 p.m. PT
UP NEXT: Nevada plays at San Diego State Apr. 5-7. It will be the first MW meetings with the Aztecs.
NEVADA WOLF PACK
Record: 15-10 MW: 3-3
Head Coach: Gary Powers (Nevada, 1971)
at Nevada: 927-740-5 (31st season)
Career Record: same
Powers vs. FS: 34-57
FRESNO STATE BULLDOGS
Record: 5-16 MW: 1-3
Head Coach: Mike Batesole (Cal State Fullerton, 1990)
at FS: 365-280 (11th season)
Career Record: 620-435-1 (18th season)
FS HISTORY WITH THE WOLF PACK
Fresno State leads the series with Nevada 79-48. The Pack won two of the three games played in Reno last season 8-2 and 1-0 but dropped the middle game 14-2. In the last 10 games FS holds a 6-4 advantage.
PACK THIRD IN MW STANDINGS: After the two weeks of MW play, Nevada is third in the Mountain West standings at 3-3. New Mexico and San Diego State are tied for first at 4-2.
Air Force is 2-2 followed by UNLV 2-4 and Fresno State 1-3.
BYLER AND KLEIN IN THE MW: Nevada third baseman Austin Byler ranks in the top 10 in 11 offensive categories in the MW and right fielder Brooks Klein appears in 10.
Byler is tied for first with three triples and ranks second in four categories; slugging percentage (.710), RBI (27), home runs (7) and total bases (66). The left-handed hitter is batting .366 to rank fifth in the MW. His 34 hits is tied for fourth, 23 runs scored is third, 13 walks is eighth, .455 on base percentage ranks fifth and 110 total plate appearances is tied for seventh.
Klein is also tied for first with three triples and ranks third in four categories; batting average (.371), slugging percentage (.567), hits (36) and total bases (55). His on base percentage of .419 is seventh, 19 RBI ranks fourth, seven doubles is tied for seventh, two home runs is tied for fifth, and 97 at bats is tied for fifth.
NEVADA IN THE NCAA: In the March 24, NCAA I statistical release Nevada ranks high in several categories. These rankings do not include Tuesday’s game at SMC. The Pack is 12th in triples (11), 16th in double plays (26), 31st in sacrifice bunts (25), 57th in home runs (13), 66th in slugging percentage (.404), 80th in fielding percentage (.971), 64th in runs scored (145), 83rd in doubles (42), 92nd in on base percentage (.368) and 79th in scoring average (6.0).
PACK PLAYERS IN THE NCAA RANKINGS: In addition to Nevada ranking high in several team categories in the Mar. 24, NCAA I statistical ranks numerous players appear in several individual categories. Third baseman Austin Byler is ninth in home runs (7), 14th in total bases (64), 19th in slugging percentage (.719), 31st in RBI (27) and 23rd in triples (3).
Senior outfielder Brooks Klein is also 23rd in triples (3).
Three Pack pitchers appear in the national rankings. Freshman Michael Fain is fourth with seven saves. Junior Bradey Shipley ranks 31st with 44 strikeouts and is 19th with five starts. Sophomore lefty Tyler Wells is 44th with four wins and 19th with six starts.
ONE-TWO -PUNCH: Nevada’s one-two punch on the mound has been junior right-hander Bradey Shipley and sophomore lefty Tyler Wells. The two are a combined 7-0 on the season. Shipley is seventh in the MW with a 2.53 ERA and Wells is next at 2.75. In MW games Shipley ranks third with a 1.80 ERA and Wells is fourth at 1.88. Wells leads the MW with four wins and Shipley is tied for second with three.
Nevada is just 3-3 in Shipley starts and 6-0 when Wells earns the start. Twice the Pack bullpen has been unable to hold late inning leads for Shipley with the most recent being a five run cushion in the ninth at UNM.
Although Shipley is a junior both became starters in the Pack rotation in 2012. Shipley pitched just 10.1 innings his freshman year and was the Pack’s starting shortstop and earned second-team all-WAC honors as an infielder after batting .287 with 19 RBI. As a sophomore he was 9-4 with a WAC low 2.20 ERA and was named the WAC Pitcher of the Year. He was named the top prospect in the Alaska League last summer and the hard throwing right hander usually draws a crowed of scouts each start. In two seasons he is 13-4 with a 2.74 ERA, has 145 strikeouts, two complete games and thrown 151.1 innings.
Wells started last season 2-0 after three starts before going 1-5 in his next nine starts. He pitched the majority of the season with an injury that was not disclosed until the season was over and required surgery. A healthy Wells has given the Pack a more than solid number two starter behind Shipley. Another similarity between the two is that Wells also took a few swings with the bat as a freshman and earned one start at first base. His career record stands at 7-5 with 5.07 ERA. He has 54 strikeouts in 97.2 innings on the mound.
FAIN SHINES: Freshman hurler Michael Fain has earned the closer job in his first season in the Silver & Blue. Fain has been integral in nine of the Pack’s 15 victories with two wins and seven saves. Fain’s seven saves is tied for the sixth best season in school history with Scott Albin (1999) fifth with eight. One more save would also put him in a tie for ninth most on the career list.
Fain is first in the MW in saves (7) and games finished (12).
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. His seventh save came in the 3-2 victory at UNM when he pitched a scoreless ninth but had to work out of a jam and struck out the final batter with the bases loaded. His only blown save was at UNM when he entered the game in the bottom of the ninth with bases loaded and allowed three runs, two earned in the 9-8 loss.
SHIPLEY K’S: Junior Bradey Shipley is second in the MW and 31st nationally with 44 strikeouts. Twice this season Shipley has struck out 10 in a game. Shipley’s lowest strikeout total of the season came in his last start at UNM when he had three.
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 four outings he had six, seven, eight and three strikeouts. His career-high of 12 strikeouts came last season at Hawai`i.
JAMESON CHASING DAD, SEEKING 20TH WIN: Senior Tom Jameson has lost all five 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 273.1 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 51 games his record is 19-14 with a 4.12 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.
ROWE PERFECT: Senior center fielder Jamison Rowe is a perfect 10-for-10 stealing bases this season. Rowe leads the MW with 10 stolen bases and is tied for first with four in MW play. The 10 steals is a career-high for the speedy outfielder. His previous high was five his sophomore year and in his first three years at Nevada totaled 12 in 16 attempts. Currently he is 22-for-26 in the Silver & Blue.
TOUGH LUCK SHIP: Junior pitcher Bradey Shipley is 3-0 on the season but twice left games in the late innings with the Pack leading only to earn no decisions. At Utah Valley, Shipley left with Nevada on top 5-4 after 6.2 innings on the mound. UVU scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to win 6-5. At New Mexico he pitched seven innings and left with the Pack leading 8-3. The Lobos scored six runs in the bottom of the ninth to take the game 9-8. Nevada is just 3-3 when Shipley starts on the mound.
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 kept alive his streak of playing in every game in his two seasons at Nevada. He has played in 82 games with 80 being starts in his two seasons. 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.