Nevada Hosts MW Leader New Mexico This Weekend

April 18, 2013

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NEVADA HOSTS MW LEADING NEW MEXICO
Nevada (19-17, 7-8 MW) hosts Mountain West leading New Mexico (21-16, 11-4 MW) for a three-game conference series this weekend at Peccole Park.  The Lobos won two of the three games played earlier this season in Albuquerque, N.M.  The Wolf Pack is fourth in the MW standings at 7-8.

WEEKEND PROMOTIONS:  Friday night's 6 p.m. series opener with New Mexico is Pack Peccole Night as adult tickets are just $5 and children $2.  Pack ace Braden Shipley, a projected high first round MLB  draft, will take the mound and face UNM first baseman DJ Peterson another projected first round selection.  The first 100 fans will receive a set of Wolf Pack baseball trading cards.

Sunday is Little League Day with all kids wearing their Little League jersey's admitted free.  Family members can purchase a ticket for just $5.  Kids can run the bases after the game and get autographs of the players.

Upcoming Nevada Games
Fri., Apr. 19 - New Mexico - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park - 6 p.m. PT
Sat., Apr. 20 - New Mexico - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park - 1 p.m. PT
Sun., Apr. 21 - New Mexico - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park - 1 p.m. PT
Tue., Apr. 23- Pacific - Reno, Nev. - Peccole Park - 6 p.m. PT

UP NEXT:  Nevada travels to Air Force for a three-game MW series with the  Falcons, Apr. 26-28.

NEVADA WOLF PACK
    Record: 19-17 MW: 7-8
    Head Coach: Gary Powers (Nevada, 1971)
    at Nevada: 931-747-5  (31st season)
    Career Record: same
    Powers vs. UNM: 5-3
    Powers vs. Pacific: 77-31

NEW MEXICO LOBOS
    Record: 21-6 MW: 11-4
    Head Coach: Ray Birmingham (NMSU, 1978)
    at UNM: 187-148 (Sixth season)
    Career Record: 240-221 (Eighth season)    

UNM HISTORY WITH THE WOLF PACK
Nevada leads the series with the Lobos 5-3.  New Mexico took two of the three games in Albuquerque, N.M.  to open MW play earlier this season.  UNM rallied to win the first game 9-8 and won the series finale 7-5.  The Pack won the middle game 3-2.  Last season Nevada opened the 2012 season at UNM and won two of the three meetings.   Nevada won the first game 5-3, dropped game two 3-2 and took the final game of the series 9-8.

PACIFIC TIGERS
    Record:  9-22  BWC: 2-7
    Head Coach: Ed Sprague
    at Pacific: 188-285(11th season)
    Career Record: same
    Upcoming Games: host UC Irvine, Apr. 19-21

PACIFIC HISTORY WITH THE WOLF PACK
Nevada leads the series 98-57.  The Pack won the first meeting this season on Mar. 5 in Stockton, Calif. 11-9 and has won five of the last six games.  

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 home game will be streamed on the internet for a fee at NevadaWolfPack.tv

DRAWING A CROWD:  Nevada junior pitcher Braden Shipley has drawn a crowd at each of his nine 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.  His fastball has been clocked as high as 99 mph.

The right-handed Shipley is 5-1 with a 2.60 ERA, with has struck out 65 in 65.2 innings on the mound.  In Mountain West play his ERA of 2.37 is third in the conference.  

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.

PACK FOURTH AFTER ONE TRIP THROUGH MW:  After playing each Mountain West team once with the second trip through the conference set to begin on Friday against New Mexico, Nevada sits in fourth place at 7-8.  The Wolf Pack played three road series in the first half of the conference season and will host three the remainder of the year.

UNM is atop of the MW standings at 11-4 with San Diego State one game back at 10-5 mark.  UNLV is third at 8-7.  All three of the teams ahead of the Pack in the standings will play at Peccole Park.  Nevada's two road trips are at fifth place Air Force (4-9) and sixth place Fresno State (3-10).

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

Byler is second in home runs (8), slugging percentage (.662) and total bases (90).  He is third in four categories; batting average (.375), on base percentage (.463), hits  (51) and RBI (35).  His three triples is tied for fourth and 29 runs scored is tied for seventh.

Klein is also tied for fourth with three triples.  His 72 total bases and .522 slugging percentage is sixth.  A .341 batting average ranks seventh and his three home runs and 10 doubles is tied for seventh.  He ranks 10th with 138 at bats.

NEVADA IN THE NCAA:   In the April 17, NCAA I statistical release Nevada ranks high in several categories.  

The Pack is 17th in double plays (38), 16th in double plays per game (1.06), 45th in triples (13), 55th in triples per game (.33), 58th in sacrifice bunts (34), 54th in home runs (21), 57th in home runs per game (.58), 82nd in walks (144) and 83rd in slugging percentage (.392).

PACK PLAYERS IN THE NCAA RANKINGS:   In addition to Nevada ranking high in several team categories in the Apr. 17, NCAA I statistical ranks numerous players appear in several individual categories.  Third baseman Austin Byler is 29th in home runs (8), 22nd in total bases (90), 22nd in slugging percentage (.662), 82nd in triples (3) and 65th in RBI (35).

Senior outfielder Brooks Klein is also 82nd in triples (3).

Second baseman Scott Kaplan is 99th nationally with 24 walks and 83rd averaging .73 walks per game.

Three Pack pitchers appear in the national rankings.  Freshman Michael Fain is 11th with nine saves.  Junior Braden Shipley ranks 23rd with 65 strikeouts and  is 27th with nine starts.   Shipley's five wins is 81st and 6.72 hits per game allowed is 96th.  Sophomore lefty Tyler Wells is also 27th with nine 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 9-3 on the season.  Shipley is third in the MW with a 2.60 ERA and Wells is eighth at 3.67.  In MW games Shipley is also third with a 2.37 ERA while Wells ranks 11th with a 3.95 ERA.  Shipley is tied for second in the MW with five wins and Wells is tied for fourth with four.  Shipley's three wins in conference play is tied for second in the conference.  

Nevada is just 5-4 in Shipley starts and 6-3 when Wells earns the start.  Twice the Pack bullpen has been unable to hold late inning leads for Shipley including 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 his third season he is 15-5 with a 2.74 ERA, has 166 strikeouts, three complete games and has thrown 174.1 innings.  

Shipley has seven quality starts this season.  In his start at SDSU he allowed two runs on just three hits in a complete game 2-0 loss to the Aztecs.

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 7-7 with 5.20 ERA.  He has 65 strikeouts in 110.2 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 11 of the Pack's 19 victories with two wins and nine saves.   Fain's nine saves is tied for the fourth best season in school history with Zach Basch (2003) and is tied for the seventh best career total with Doug Van Tress (1988-91) and Basch (2003).

Fain leads the Mountain West in saves and is 11th 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.  At UNLV last weekend he earned saves in both Nevada wins.  

SHIPLEY K'S:  Junior Braden Shipley is second the MW and is 23rd nationally with 65 strikeouts.  In MW play Shipley is third with 32 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 seven outings he had six, seven, eight, three, eight, five and eight strikeouts.  His career-high of 12 strikeouts came last season at Hawai`i.
    
JAMESON EARNS 20TH WIN:  Senior Tom Jameson lost six of his first seven starts but last weekend struck out a career-high nine in a 5-4 victory at UNLV.  The win was the 20th of Jameson's career which moved him into a tie with Kody Kosman (1992-93) and Matt Rainer (1998-00) for eighth on Nevada's career victories list.  Next on the list John Patton (1991-94) and Kevin Lake (1993-94) who have 21 each.

Jameson also passed Patton  on the career innings pitched list into fifth with his 293.  Travis  Sutton (2003-06) is sitting in fourth with 293.1.

In 54 games his record is 20-15 with a 4.21 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 A THIEF:   Senior center fielder Jamison Rowe is second in the MW with 11 stolen bases and has swiped 11-of-13 this year.  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 also caught in the final game of the SDSU series.  The 11 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 23-for-29 in the Silver & Blue.

TOUGH LUCK SHIP:   Junior pitcher Braden Shipley is 5-1 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 5-4 when Shipley starts on the mound.