Nevada At UNLV For Three-Game MW Series This Weekend
April 11, 2013
NEVADA AT UNLV, HOST UC DAVIS TUESDAY
Nevada (17-15, 5-7 MW) travels Las Vegas to play a three-game Mountain West series with UNLV (22-10, 7-5 MW) this weekend before returning home to begin a five-game homestand starting with UC Davis on Tuesday. The Wolf Pack is fourth in the MW standings, two games back of the Rebels.
Upcoming Nevada Games
Fri., Apr. 12 - at UNLV - Las Vegas, Nev. - Earl E. Wilson Stadium - 7:05 p.m. PT
Sat., Apr. 13 - at UNLV - Las Vegas, Nev. - Earl E. Wilson Stadium - 2:05 p.m. PT
Sun., Apr. 14 - at UNLV - Las Vegas, Nev. - Earl E. Wilson Stadium - 1:05 p.m. PT
Tue., Apr. 16 - UC Davis - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park - 2 p.m. PT
UP NEXT: Nevada hosts New Mexico for a three-game MW series Apr. 19-21 and Pacific on Tuesday Apr. 23.
NEVADA WOLF PACK
Record: 17-15 MW: 5-7
Head Coach: Gary Powers (Nevada, 1971)
at Nevada: 929-745-5 (31st season)
Career Record: same
Powers vs. UNLV: 35-41
Powers vs. Pacific: 77-31
Record: 22-10 MW: 7-5
Head Coach: Tim Chambers (Southern Utah, 1989)
at UNLV: 81-66 (Third season)
Career Record: same
UNLV HISTORY WITH THE WOLF PACK
UNLV leads the series 59-46. The Pack won two of the three meetings last season. Nevada lost the first game 5-4 then took the next two 3-2 and 1-0.
UC DAVIS AGGIES
Record: 11-19 BWC: 0-6
Head Coach: Matt Vaughn (UC Davis, 1992)
at UCD: 38-49 (Second season)
Career Record: same
Upcoming Games: at Long Beach State, Apr. 12-14
UC DAVIS HISTORY WITH THE WOLF PACK
Nevada leads the series 47-31. The Pack has won the last nine meetings including a 11-10 contest earlier this season on Mar. 12 in Davis, Calif.
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. 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.
VIDEO STREAMING: Video for the UNLV series will be streamed on the internet for a fee at NevadaWolfPack.tv
GOVERNOR’S SERIES PRESENTED BY NV ENERGY: This weekend’s three-game MW series at UNLV is part of the Governor’s Series Presented by NV Energy. Three points will be awarded to the winner of the six-game baseball series with the Rebels that will be completed on May 10-12 when UNLV comes to Peccole Park. If each team wins three games the conference tournament could determine who receives the three points.
On October 8, 2012 Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval announced the launch of the Governor’s Series, presented by NV Energy. This historic, new competition establishes a formal head-to-head athletic and academic challenge between longtime rivals -- the UNLV Rebels and the Nevada Wolf Pack. The all-encompassing competition will annually crown one school the winner of the Governor’s Series.
UNLV is currently leading 16.5-10.5. Nevada earned three points in football, cross country and indoor track & field, plus a split of the three points in soccer to total 10.5. The Rebels earned three points in volleyball, swimming and diving, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and men’s tennis plus 1.5 in the soccer split.
DRAWING A CROWD: Nevada junior pitcher Braden Shipley has drawn a crowd at each of his eight starts this season. It’s not your normal crowd of fans but a crowd of Major League Baseball scouts and executives who are there to evaluate one of the top pitching prospects not just in college baseball but in all of baseball. Baseball America ranked him 10th in their midseason 2013 draft top 50 as did ESPN.
The right-handed Shipley is 4-1 with a 2.33 ERA, with has struck out 57 in 58.2 innings on the mound. In Mountain West play his ERA of 1.74 tops the conference. His fastball has been clocked as high as 99 mph.
The Medford, Ore. native earned second-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors as a shortstop as a freshman in 2011 but turned his attention to the mound as a sophomore. After going 9-4 with a league leading 2.20 ERA and 88 strikeouts last season he was named the WAC Pitcher of the Year. Pitching in the Alaska League last summer he was selected as the top prospect by Perfect Game.
NIEBERGALL AND PRIHAR PLAYER CARDS AVAILABLE TUESDAY: At Tuesday’s game with UC Davis player cards for Tommy Niebergall and Sean Prihar will be available at both entrances to Peccole Park.
PACK FOURTH IN MW STANDINGS: After the four weeks of Mountain West play, Nevada sits in fourth place in the conference standings at 5-7. San Diego State and New Mexico are tied for first at 8-4 with UNLV one game back with a 7-5 mark.
Air Force and Fresno State are both 3-7 in conference play.
Byler is tied for first with three triples and ranks second in four categories; slugging percentage (.633), RBI (28), home runs (7) and total bases (76). The left-handed hitter is batting .350 to rank eight in the MW. His 42 hits is eighth, 16 walks is 10th and .440 on base percentage ranks fifth and 28 runs scored is tied for fifth.
Klein is also tied for first with three triples and is tied for fifth with 43 hits. His .533 slugging percentage if fourth and 65 total bases is tied for fifth as is his 10 doubles. He ranks sixth in hitting (.352). A .415 on base percentage is eighth, two home runs is tied for ninth and 122 at bats is 10th.
NEVADA IN THE NCAA: In the April 7, NCAA I statistical release Nevada ranks high in several categories. These rankings do not include Tuesday’s game with San Francisco.
The Pack is 18th in double plays (33), 19th in double plays per game (1.06), 44th in triples (11), 55th in triples per game (.35), 51st in sacrifice bunts (31), 55th in home runs (17), 58th in home runs per game (.55), 78th in slugging percentage (.392) and 94th in fielding percentage (.969).
PACK PLAYERS IN THE NCAA RANKINGS: In addition to Nevada ranking high in several team categories in the Apr. 7, NCAA I statistical ranks numerous players appear in several individual categories. Third baseman Austin Byler is 30th in home runs (7), 34th in total bases (74), 38th in slugging percentage (.638) and 51st in triples (3).
Senior outfielder Brooks Klein is also 51st in triples (3) and ranks 95th in doubles (10).
Second baseman Scott Kaplan is 72nd nationally with 22 walks.
Three Pack pitchers appear in the national rankings. Freshman Michael Fain is 20th with seven saves. Junior Braden Shipley ranks 26th with 57 strikeouts and is 17th with eight starts. Sophomore lefty Tyler Wells is also 17th with eight starts.
ONE-TWO -PUNCH: Nevada’s one-two punch on the mound has been junior right-hander Braden Shipley and sophomore lefty Tyler Wells. The two are a combined 8-2 on the season. Shipley is second in the MW with a 2.30 ERA and Wells is eight at 3.33. In MW games Shipley leads the conference with a 1.74 ERA and Wells is sixth at 3.33. They are tied for second in the MW with four wins and in conference play Shipley is tied for second with two while Wells is tied for eight with one.
Nevada is just 4-4 in Shipley starts and 6-2 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. At SDSU Wells left with the lead but received a no decision.
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 14-5 with a 2.64 ERA, has 158 strikeouts, three complete games and has thrown 167.1 innings. He has seven quality starts on the season all coming in his last seven outings. In his last start he allowed two runs on just three hits in a complete game 2-0 loss at SDSU.
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 61 strikeouts in 107.2 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 tied for first in the MW in saves (7) and tops the league in games finished (15). The seven saves ranks 20th 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 Braden Shipley is second the MW and is 26th nationally with 57 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 six outings he had six, seven, eight, three, eight and five strikeouts. His career-high of 12 strikeouts came last season at Hawai`i.
JAMESON PASSES DAD, SEEKING 20TH WIN: Senior Tom Jameson has lost six of his seven starts but his next win will be the 20th for the Pack right hander. In his last start the Reno passed his Dad Rich for sixth in career innings pitched at Nevada with 285. 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 53 games his record is 19-15 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 was caught in the final game of the SDSU series and is 10-for-12 this year. He is tied for second in the MW with 10 stolen bases and is tied for second 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-28 in the Silver & Blue.
TOUGH LUCK SHIP: Junior pitcher Braden Shipley is 4-1 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. At SDSU he tossed his first complete game of the season and third of his career but was tagged with the loss allowing two runs on just three hits. Nevada is just 4-4 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 88 games with 86 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 Braden 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.
TEAM: Nevada has lost a season-high four in a row ... The three-games at UNLV will complete the Pack’s first trip of two through the MW this season as Nevada will play each team home-and-home in 2013 ... The Pack 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 ... Nevada is 1-4 in its last five games and 4-6 in its last 10 ... The Pack is second in fielding (.970), fourth in hitting (.262) and third in ERA (4.80) in the MW ... After four weeks of MW play Nevada is second the conference with a 3.91 ERA, is fourth in fielding (.967) and sixth in hitting (.256) in conference play ... Nevada’s 17 home runs and 11 triples is second to UNM in both categories ... The Pack 84 extra base hits is third behind UNM (116) and Air Force (85) ... Nevada had a season-high 16 hits in its 9-8 loss at UNM.
HITTING: Infielder Ray McIntire made his first career start on Tuesday vs. San Francisco ... Senior center fielder Jamison Rowe made his first error in four seasons at Nevada in the Pack’s 5-4 loss at SDSU ... 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 year making the hit streaks 10-games ... Byler’s current 5-game hit streak is the longest active streak on the team ... Klein has reached base in the last eight games ... First baseman Brett Jones hit his first home run of the season and second of his career in game 2 at SDSU ... 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’s team-high 14 game streak of reaching base ended in game 2 at UNM ... Nevada has two hitters in the top 10 in the MW and three in the top 15, Klein is sixth at .352, Byler ranks eighth with his .350 average and Kewby Meyer is 13th at .330 ... After missing the FS series Meyer started all three games at SDSU as the Pack designated hitter Klein’s 13 multi hit and seven multi RBI games tops the team ... Jamison Rowe has batted leadoff 27 times and Jay Anderson five ... Klein and Byler are the only two players to play in all 32 games, each has made 31 starts ... Meyer and Rowe both have hit a career-high two home runs this season .... Second baseman Scott Kaplan is third in the MW with 22 walks that ranks 72nd nationally ... Pack pitching ace Braden Shipley made his first start of the season at DH vs. USF Tuesday and struck out twice.
PITCHING: Freshman reliever Michael Fain is tied for first in the conference and 20th nationally with seven saves ... Junior Braden Shipley and sophomore Tyler Wells are tied for second in the MW with four wins ... 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 outing vs. Air Force Wells pitched a career-high 7.1 innings ... Shipley pitched the first complete game by a Pack pitcher in game 1 at SDSU and allowed three hits in a 2-0 loss, his first setback of the season ... Shipley’s 57 strikeouts is second in the MW and is 36th nationally ... Shipley is tied for first in the MW with 58.2 innings pitched and as is his three pick-offs ... Reliever Sean Prihar (2-1) and Fain (2-1) each has two wins while Daniel Levine, Michael Bradshaw, Colby Blueberg and Kody Gorden are all 1-0 out of the bullpen ... Bradshaw pitched in both games of the doubleheader at UNM earning the win in the first game ... Fain leads the team and is tied for fifth in the MW with 15 appearances ... Fain’s 15 games finished is first in the conference ... Nevada is 6-2 when Wells starts, 3-0 when freshman Mark Reece gets the start, 4-4 when Shipley takes to the mound, 3-3 for Barry Timko and 1-6 for Tom Jameson ... 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.