Wolf Pack And Aztecs Battle For Second Place In San Diego

April 3, 2013

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NEVADA AT SAN DIEGO STATE, HOST USF TUESDAY
Nevada (17-11, 5-4 MW) travels to San Diego State (14-15, 5-4 MW) this weekend for a Mountain West series before hosting San Francisco (13-14) on Tuesday.  The Wolf Pack and Aztecs along with UNLV are tied for second in the MW standings at 5-4.  The Pack will seek to avenge and early season 7-1 loss at USF at home on Tuesday.

MIDDLE SCHOOL AND UNDER FREE FOR USF GAME
In honor of Washoe County spring break all children in middle school and under will be admitted free to the Pack’s noon game with San Francisco on Tuesday, Apr. 9.  Youth groups who want to bring out children to cheer on the Pack for this game please call (775) 682-6959 to register.  All children are encouraged to make signs to help cheer on the Wolf Pack.

Upcoming Nevada Games
Fri., Apr. 5 - at San Diego State - San Diego, Calif. - Tony Gwynn Stadium - 6 p.m. PT
Sat., Apr. 6 - at San Diego State - San Diego, Calif. - Tony Gwynn Stadium - 2 p.m. PT
Sun., Apr. 7 at San Diego State - San Diego, Calif. - Tony Gwynn Stadium - 1 p.m. PT
Tue., Apr. 9 - San Francisco - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park - 12 p.m. PT

UP NEXT:  Nevada plays at UNLV, Apr. 12-14 and hosts UC Davis on Apr. 16.

NEVADA WOLF PACK
    Record: 17-11 MW: 5-4
    Head Coach: Gary Powers (Nevada, 1971)
    at Nevada: 929-741-5  (31st season)
    Career Record: same
    Powers vs. SDSU: 6-5
    Powers vs. USF: 38-16

SAN DIEGO STATE AZTECS
    Record: 14-15 MW: 5-4
    Head Coach: Tony Gwynn
    at SDSU: 304-326 (11th season)
    Career Record: same    

SDSU HISTORY WITH THE WOLF PACK
Nevada leads the series 6-5.  The Pack has dropped the last three games.  SDSU won the last meeting 5-2 at Tony Gwynn Stadium on Feb. 26, 2009.  Current Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg struck out 16 Nevada hitters for the Aztecs in his 6.2 innings on the mound.

SAN FRANCISCO DONS
    Record:  13-14 WCC: 5-4
    Head Coach: Nino Giarratano (William Jewell College, 1985)
    at USF: 410-414-1  (15th season)
    Career Record: same
    Upcoming Games: at Sacramento State, Apr. 4, at TCU, Apr. 5-7

USF HISTORY WITH THE WOLF PACK
Nevada leads the series 79-30.  USF won the earlier meeting this season in San Francisco 7-1 on Mar. 19.  The Pack won both meetings last season 7-3 at USF and 10-5 at Peccole Park.

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.

HOME VIDEO STREAMING:  Video for home games will be streamed on the internet for a fee at NevadaWolfPack.tv

TIME CHANGES:    Nevada’s home game with San Francisco on Apr. 9 has been changed to a noon start to accommodate are students in middle school and under who will be admitted free.  The Apr. 12 game at UNLV will now start at 7:05 p.m.

PACK SECOND IN MW STANDINGS:    After the three weeks of Mountain West play, Nevada is in a three-way tie for second place in the conference standings with San Diego State and UNLV at 5-4.   New Mexico is a game ahead in first place with a 6-3 record.

Air Force and Fresno State are both 2-5 in conference play.

BYLER AND KLEIN IN THE MW:   Nevada third baseman Austin Byler and right fielder Brooks Klein each rank in the top 10 in 10 offensive categories in the MW.

Byler is tied for first with three triples and ranks second in five categories; slugging percentage (.683), RBI (28), home runs (7), runs scored (27) and total bases (71).  The left-handed hitter is batting .365 to rank fifth in the MW.  His 38 hits is tied for fourth, 15 walks is ninth and .460 on base percentage ranks fifth.   

Klein is also tied for first with three triples and is tied for second with 41 hits.  His .578 slugging percentage and 63 total bases is third while his 10 doubles is tied for third.  He ranks fourth in hitting (.376) and RBI (22).  A .429 on base percentage is sixth, two home runs is tied for sixth and 109 at bats is tied for seventh.

MEYER MISSES FS SERIES:  Sophomore Kewby Meyer missed the Fresno State series with an injury and his status for the San Diego series is unknown at this time.  The Pack first baseman is hitting .333 with 16 runs scored, three doubles, two home runs and 13 RBI.  In six conference games he is batting .360 with four runs scored, two doubles and three RBI.

NEVADA IN THE NCAA:   In the March 31, NCAA I statistical release Nevada ranks high in several categories.  The Pack is 11th in double plays (31), 15th in double plays per game (1.11), 28th in triples (11), 41st in triples per game (.39), 36th in sacrifice bunts (28), 50th in home runs (16), 56th in home runs per game (.57), 55th in doubles (52), 62nd in slugging percentage (.405), 91st in fielding percentage (.969), 58th in runs scored (167), 77th in on base percentage (.373) and 73rd in scoring average (6.0).

PACK PLAYERS IN THE NCAA RANKINGS:   In addition to Nevada ranking high in several team categories in the Mar. 31, NCAA I statistical ranks numerous players appear in several individual categories.  Third baseman Austin Byler is 20th in home runs (7), 22nd in total bases (71), 27th in slugging percentage (.683), 50th in RBI (28) and 37th in triples (3).

Senior outfielder Brooks Klein is also 37th in triples (3) and ranks 48th in doubles (10), 91st in slugging percentage (.578) and 41st in total bases (63).

Second baseman Scott Kaplan is 63rd nationally with 20 walks.

Three Pack pitchers appear in the national rankings.  Freshman Michael Fain is 12th with seven saves.  Junior Bradey Shipley ranks 19th with 52 strikeouts, 17th with six starts and 87 with four wins.  Sophomore lefty Tyler Wells is 87th with four wins and 17th 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 8-1 on the season.  Shipley is third in the MW with a 2.31 ERA and Wells is sixth at 3.10.  In MW games Shipley leads the conference with a 1.57 ERA and Wells is sixth at 2.84.  They are tied for first in the MW with four wins and in conference play Shipley is tied for first with two while Wells is tied for fifth with one.

Nevada is just 4-3 in Shipley starts and 6-1 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 New Mexico.

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 14-4 with a 2.65 ERA, has 153 strikeouts, two complete games and has thrown 159.1 innings.  He has six quality starts on the season all coming in his last six outings.

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 7-6 with 5.10 ERA.  He has 59 strikeouts in 102.2 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 17 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 (13).  The seven saves ranks 12th nationally.

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 and was tagged with the loss in the 9-8 setback.

SHIPLEY K’S:  Junior Bradey Shipley leads the MW and is 19th nationally with 52 strikeouts.  In MW play Shipley is tied for third with 19 strikeouts.  Twice this season Shipley has struck out 10 in a game. Shipley’s lowest strikeout total of the season came 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 five outings he had six, seven, eight, three and eight strikeouts.  His career-high of 12 strikeouts came last season at Hawai`i.
    
JAMESON CATCHES DAD, SEEKING 20TH WIN: Senior Tom Jameson has lost five of his six starts but his next win will be the 20th for the Pack right hander.  The Reno native had caught his Dad Rich for sixth in career innings pitched at Nevada with 279.  Next on the list is John Patton (1991-94) who totaled 288.2 in his Pack career.

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 52 games his record is 19-14 with a 4.23 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 CAUGHT:   Senior center fielder Jamison Rowe was a perfect 10-for-10 stealing bases until getting caught on close play at second base in the series finale against Fresno State on Mar. 30.  Rowe is second in 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-27 in the Silver & Blue.

TOUGH LUCK SHIP:   Junior pitcher Bradey Shipley is 4-0 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 4-3 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 85 games with 83 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.

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:  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.