Nevada Ends Regular Season At Fresno State
May 14, 2013
NEVADA ENDS REGULAR SEASON AT FRESNO STATE
Nevada (24-27, 11-17 MW) finishes the regular season with a three-game Mountain West series at Fresno State (18-31, 11-16 MW) starting on Thursday night. All three games of the series at slated for a 6:35 p.m. first pitch. The Wolf Pack and Bulldogs are currently tied for fourth in the MW standings at 11-16. The winner of the series will determine the four and five seeds for the MW Tournament, May 22-26 in Fresno, Calif.
Upcoming Nevada Games
Thur., May 16 - at Fresno State - Fresno, Calif. - Pete Beiden Field - 6:35 p.m. PT
Fri., May 17 - at Fresno State - Fresno, Calif. - Pete Beiden Field - 6:35 p.m. PT
Sat., May 18 - at Fresno State - Fresno, Calif. - Pete Beiden Field - 6:35 p.m. PT
UP NEXT: Nevada returns to Fresno, Calif. to compete in the Mountain West Tournament May 22-26. The double elimination tournament will feature all six MW teams.
NEVADA WOLF PACK
Record: 24-27 MW: 11-16
Head Coach: Gary Powers (Nevada, 1971)
at Nevada: 936-757-5 (31st season)
Career Record: same
Powers vs. FS: 36-58
FRESNO STATE BULLDOGS
Record: 18-31 MW: 11-16
Head Coach: Mike Batesole (Cal State Fullerton, 1990)
at FS: 378-295 (11th season)
Career Record: 633-450-1 (18th season)
FS HISTORY WITH THE WOLF PACK
Fresno State leads the series with Nevada 80-50. The Pack won two of the three games in Reno earlier this season. Nevada won Thursday 5-3 and Saturday 7-6 on a bases loaded walk. The Bulldogs won Friday 4-0.
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.
NEVADA ON RADIO: Nevada baseball can be heard on ESPN Radio 1450 AM with Hall of Fame announcer Don Marchand calling the action. 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 Fresno State games will be streamed on the internet for a fee at www.NevadaWolfPack.tv
NEVADA TIED FOR FOURTH: With three regular season games remaining in the Mountain West schedule Nevada is tied fourth place in conference standings with this week’s opponent, Fresno State at 11-16. The three-game series will determine the four and five seeds in next week’s MW Tournament being hosted at Pete Beiden Field in Fresno, Calif.
UNLV (16-11) and San Diego State (15-12) are battling for the second spot behind New Mexico (22-5) who claimed the regular season title. The top two seeds earn byes in the tournament.
Air Force (6-21) will finish sixth.
SHIPLEY NAMED TO GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD WATCH LIST: University of Nevada junior right handed pitcher Braden Shipley is one of 60 collegiate baseball players named to the Golden Spikes Award watch list as announced by USA Baseball. The award goes to the top amateur baseball player in the country.
DRAWING A CROWD: Nevada junior pitcher Braden Shipley has drawn a crowd at each of his 13 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.com. His fastball has been clocked as high as 99 mph.
The right-handed Shipley is 7-3 with a 3.02 ERA, with 84 strikeouts in 92.1 innings on the mound. In Mountain West play his record stands at 5-3 with an ERA of 3.06 in 64.2 innings.
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.
NOTHING EARNED: Nevada’s weekend rotation of Braden Shipley, Tyler Wells and Tom Jameson did not allow an earned run in the San Diego State series as the Pack won two-of-three games from the Aztecs.
Shipley started the weekend by tossing 6.2 shutout innings to earn his seventh win of the season as the Pack won 7-1. He allowed eight hits, walked three and struck out two.
Wells was the only one of the three that allowed any runs but both were unearned. He earned a no decision despite pitched 6.2 innings, allowing three hits, struck out six and walked three. The Pack lost 4-3 in 10 innings.
Jameson was outstanding pitching eight shutout innings allowing four hits, struck out three and walked five. He left with the Pack leading 3-0 but the bullpen could not hold the lead and he received a no decision. Nevada won 4-3 on a walk-off home run from third baseman Brad Gerig on the first pitch in the bottom of the ninth.
GERIG MOVES TO THIRD, DOES IT AGAIN: Junior Brad Gerig has made the switch from the outfield to third base and has started the last eight games. In those eight starts he is batting .385 (10-for-26) with five runs scored, five doubles, a triple, a home run and seven RBI. His slugging percentage is .769 and on base percentage is .393.
On the season he is batting .268 with 16 runs scored, nine doubles, a triple, two home runs and 17 RBI.
In Gerig’s first game versus Sac State he collected three hits and followed that in the next game with four against San Diego State. In the SDSU game he perfect at the plate in four at bats, with all four hits going for extra bases, three doubles and a triple. He also scored two runs and drove in four.
In the final game of the SDSU series he delivered a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning hitting the first pitch he saw over the left field fence to give the Pack a 4-3 victory. It was his second walk-off hit of the season with the first coming the opening weekend versus Kansas in Mesa, Ariz. In the KU game he doubled home two runs in the bottom of the ninth with two out to give the Pack a 9-8 victory over the Jayhawks.
HUGO SWINGING HOT BAT: First baseman/designated hitter Hugo Hernandez has been swinging a hot as of late. Hernandez missed most of last year with an injury and received a medical redshirt and is making the most of his senior year.
Hernandez has played in 35 games and earned 19 starts, 14 at first base and five at designated hitter. His .354 batting average is tops on the team.
In game 2 at Air Force he was 4-for-5 with two runs scored, had three doubles and drove in five runs. The four hits, three doubles and five RBI are all career highs. In the two games in which he played at AF he batted .778 (6-for-9) with three runs scored, four doubles and drove in five.
In his last 13 games played the Sylmar, Calif. native is batting .425 (17-for-40) with 11 runs scored, has seven RBI, eight doubles and two home runs. His on base percentage is .489 with a .775 slugging percentage in the 13 games. Twice this year he has hit pinch hit home runs at Utah Valley and home versus New Mexico.
BYLER AND KLEIN IN THE MW: Nevada third baseman Austin Byler and right fielder Brooks Klein both rank in the top 10 in several categories in the Mountain West. Byler is ranked in seven categories and Klein in eight.
Byler is fourth in home runs (8), tied for fourth in RBI (40), fifth in slugging percentage (.566), seventh in hitting (.346), seventh in total bases (103), tied for eighth in triples (3) and is ninth in on base percentage (.424).
Klein is also tied for fourth with 40 RBI. He is sixth in slugging percentage (.554), fifth in total bases (107), tied for fifth with four triples, tied for fifth with seven home runs, eighth in batting average (.342), eight in hits (66), and 10th in at bats (193).
NEVADA IN THE NCAA: In the May 12, NCAA I statistical release Nevada ranks high in several categories.
The Pack is ninth in double plays (54) and 14th in double plays per game (1.06). Nevada is also 42nd in triples (16), 54th in triples per game (.31), 60th in doubles (93), 74th in doubles per game (1.82), 47th in home runs (30), 52nd in home runs per game (.59), 40th in sacrifice bunts (52), 82nd in slugging percentage (.390), 96th in sacrifice flies (22), 94th in walks and 76th in hit by pitch (61).
PACK PLAYERS IN THE NCAA RANKINGS: In addition to Nevada ranking high in several team categories in the May 12, NCAA I statistical rankings numerous players appear in individual categories.
Third baseman Austin Byler is 76th in home runs (8), 88th in home runs per game (.17) and 87th in slugging percentage (.566).
Senior outfielder Brooks Klein is 78th in total bases.
Shipley and sophomore lefty Tyler Wells are 17th with 13 starts on the season.
ONE-TWO -PUNCH: Nevada’s one-two punch on the mound has been junior right-hander Braden Shipley (7-3) and sophomore lefty Tyler Wells (4-4). The two are a combined 11-7 on the season. Shipley is third in the MW with a 3.02 ERA and Wells is fifth at 3.46. In MW games Shipley is fifth with a 3.06 ERA while Wells ranks sixth with a 3.52 ERA. Shipley is tied for second in the MW with seven wins as is his five wins in conference play.
Nevada is just 7-6 in Shipley starts and Wells starts. 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 17-7 with a 2.91 ERA, has 185 strikeouts, three complete games and has thrown 201 innings.
Shipley has nine 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 7-9 with 4.80 ERA. He has 89 strikeouts in 137 innings on the mound.
FAIN NAMED TO NCBWA WATCH LIST: Freshman hurler Michael Fain has been named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year mid-season watch list. Fain is one of 51 players on the award watch list that will be given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA I baseball that will be selected for the ninth time this year.
Fain earned the closer job in his first season in the Silver & Blue. Fain has been integral in 12 of the Pack’s 24 victories with three 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 is second in the Mountain West with nine saves and is 48th nationally. In MW play his four saves is tied for second in the conference.
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. At UNLV he earned saves in both Nevada wins.
Four times Fain has blown saves at Utah Valley, versus New Mexico, one at home and one on the road and home agaisnt SDSU but Nevada did win the game with Aztecs..
SHIPLEY K’S: Junior Braden Shipley is second in the MW and 41st nationally with 84 strikeouts. In MW play Shipley is third with 51 strikeouts. Three times this season Shipley has struck out 10 in a game. Shipley’s lowest strikeout total of the season came at Air Force when he had one.
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 and the third was 10 in a home loss to UNM. His career-high of 12 strikeouts came last season at Hawai`i.
JAMESON MOVES INTO THIRD: Senior Tom Jameson tossed eight shutout innings at home versus San Diego State and moved into third place on Nevada’s career innings pitched list passing Mateo Miramontes (2001-03). Currently Jameson has 317 career innings pitched and would need the Pack to advance to postseason play to pass Darrell Rasner’s (2000-02) 341 for second.
Jameson won the 20th game of his career in a 5-4 victory at UNLV 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 is John Patton (1991-94) and Kevin Lake (1993-94) who have 21 each.
In 58 career games his record is 20-16 with a 4.20 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 third in the MW with 15 stolen bases and has swiped 15-of-18 this year. In MW play his eight steals is tied for second. 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. His previous high was five his sophomore year and in his first three years at Nevada totaled 12 in 16 attempts. Currently he is 27-for-34 in the Silver & Blue.
TOUGH LUCK SHIP: Junior pitcher Braden Shipley is 6-2 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 7-6 when Shipley starts on the mound.
KLEIN OVER 100: Senior outfielder Brooks Klein played in over 100 games in his two seasons at Nevada. Klein has played in all 108 games at Nevada and started 106.
Klein had 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 left field. The pinch hit appearance kept alive his streak of playing in every game in his two seasons at Nevada. 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.
TEAM: Nevada committed a season-high five errors in 5-1 loss to UNLV last weekend which resulted in four unearned runs ... The Pack made nine errors that led to seven unearned runs in the UNLV series ... Nevada has lost its last four games which is the third time this season the Pack have dropped a season-high four in a row ... Twice this season Nevada has won four in a row ... Eight of Nevada’s 30 home runs have been leading off an inning and 17 have come in wins ... Nevada’s 30 home runs and 139 extra base hits is second to UNM in both categories in the MW ... Nevada had season-high 17 hits in its 8-4 victory at Air Force ... The Pack has won five MW series; Air Force twice, Fresno State and SDSU at home and at UNLV ... Nevada won its first road series taking 2-for-3 at UNLV (Apr. 12-14) since winning 2-of-3 last season in Las Vegas ... The series win at UNLV was also the first conference road series win since May of 2011 when Nevada won 3-of-4 WAC games at San Jose State ... The Wolf Pack won 2-of-3 at Air Force for its second MW road series win ... The Pack defeated Air Force 3-2 in its first ever MW game on Mar. 15 at home ... Nevada is 1-4 in its last five games and 3-7 in its last 10 ... The Pack is third in fielding (.964), six in hitting (.262) and fourth in ERA (5.11) in the MW ... After nine weeks of MW play Nevada is fourth in the conference with a 5.00 ERA, is fifth in fielding (.959) and sixth in hitting (.261) in conference play.
HITTING: Senior outfielder Brooks Klein tops the team with 21 multi hit and 12 multi RBI games ... Klein is the only player to play in all 51 games making 50 starts ... First baseman Hugo Hernandez has two pinch hit home runs at Utah Valley and vs. New Mexico ... Hernandez hit .778 (7-for-9) with three runs scored, had five RBI and four doubles in his two games played at Air Force and is batting .425(17-of-40) in his last 13 games with seven doubles, 11 runs scored, two home runs and seven RBI ... Senior outfielder Brooks Klein hit a career-high two home runs at home vs. Sac State ... Junior outfielder Tommy Niebergall has played in 107 games in his three seasons at Nevada ... Senior center fielder Jamison Rowe made his first error in four seasons at Nevada in the Pack’s 5-4 loss at SDSU and committed his second vs. UNLV ... Third baseman Austin Byler hit .375 (21-for-56) with eight runs scored, 10 RBI, four doubles and a home run during a 14-game hit streak that ended in the final game at Air Force ... Byler’s hit streak is longest on the team this season ... Byler’s streak of reaching base in 16 consecutive games is longest on the team and ended in the second home game vs. SDSU ... Klein has reached base in the last 14 games and Scott Kaplan the last 10 ... Byler (8), Hernandez (3), Brett Jones (3), Rowe (3), Ryan Teel (3) and Kewby Meyer (2) have all hit a career-high home runs this season ... Byler hit 3 home runs and drove in nine in Nevada’s 12-10 victory over Holy Cross ... The 3 home runs is the high by any MW player this season ... 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 ... Senior infielder Ray McIntire has played in a career-high 20 games this season with 10 being starts ...
PITCHING: In his last two starts sophomore Tyler Wells is 0-1 with a no decision allowing three hits in each start, seven combined runs but just one earned run and striking out 15 while walking five ... Wells has struck out a career-high nine twice this season at Utah Valley and at home versus UNLV ... Junior Braden Shipley is tied for second in the MW with seven wins ... Shipley had his shortest outing of the year allowing a season-high seven runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings vs. UNLV last weekend ... MW opponents are hitting just .226 against Shipley which is third in the conference and .228 on the season also ranks third in the conference ... Senior Tom Jameson won his first game of the season and 20th of his career at UNLV ... Jameson struck out a career-high nine Rebel hitters ... Wells’ four wins is one more than he totaled last year when he was 3-5 ... In his home outing vs. Air Force Wells pitched a career-high 7.1 innings ... Shipley pitched the only complete game by a Pack pitcher in game 1 at SDSU and allowed three hits in a 2-0 loss ... Shipley’s 84 strikeouts is second in the MW and 41st nationally ... Shipley is second in the MW with 92.1 innings pitched and his 64.2 in conference play is first ... Freshman reliever Michael Fain is second in the conference and 48th nationally with nine saves ... Fain made his first career start vs. Pacific (Apr. 23) and pitched two scoreless innings ... Sean Prihar pitched a perfect ninth vs. Pacific (Apr. 23) to earn his first save of the season and second of his career ... Fain has three wins out of the bullpen while relievers Daniel Levine (2-0) and Prihar (2-1) each have two ... Michael Bradshaw, Colby Blueberg, Kody Gorden, Adam Whitt and Barry Timko all have one out of the Pack 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 24 appearances ... Blueberg and Whitt are tied for second on the team and eighth in MW with 22 appearances ... Fain’s 21 games finished is first in the conference ... Nevada is 7-6 when Shipley takes to the mound, 7-6 when Wells starts, 3-9 for Tom Jameson, 3-0 when freshman Mark Reece gets the start, 3-4 for Barry Timko, 1-0 when Fain starts, 0-1 Brent McMinn and 0-1 for Bradshaw.