The best pitcher in the Western Athletic Conference belonged to the Nevada Wolf Pack this season.
Wolf Pack sophomore Bradey Shipley, a starting shortstop as a freshman, was named the WAC Pitcher of the Year Tueaday night. Shipley was 8-4 this year with a WAC-best 2.12 earned run average with 79 strikeouts in 89.1 innings. Opponents only hit .219 against Shipley this year.
The Wolf Pack, which will open WAC tournament play Wednesday night in Mesa, Ariz., against Louisiana Tech, tied a school record by placing four players in the All-WAC First Team.
Pitchers Tom Jameson and Shipley, outfielder Brooks Klein and catcher Carlos Escobar all were named to the First Team.
The only other time the Pack has placed four players on an All-Conference First Team since joining the West Coast Conference in 1985 was when pitchers Matt Renfree and Ryan Rodriguez, outfielder Terry Walsh and designated hitter Baker Krukow all made the All-WAC First Team in 2007.
Jameson is 7-2 this year with a 2.19 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 90.1 innings. Klein leads the Pack with eight home runs, 42 RBI, a .333 average, 15 doubles and six triples. Escobar is hitting .278 with 36 RBI to go along with 14 foubles and four home runs.
The Pack also placed first baseman Kewby Myer on the All-WAC Second Team. Meyer, a freshman, is ties with Meyer with a team-high .333 batting average to go along with eight doubles and 34 RBI.
All five Pack players honored could return in 2013: Jameson, Escobar and Klein are all juniors. Meyer is a freshman and Shipley is a sophomore.
Sacramento state, which tied the Wolf Pack and New Mexico State for the WAC regular season title, swept the other three top WAC awards.
Sacramento State second baseman Andrew Ayers was named the WAC Player of the Year. The Freshman of the Year award went to Sacramento State outfielder Rhys Hoskins. Sacramento State’s Reggie Christiansen was named WAC Coach of the Year.
Ayers, a junior from Eureka, Calif., batted .427 in conference play and led the WAC with 32 hits and a .627 slugging percentage during league play. Ayers also earned First Team all-WAC honors.
Hoskins, a native of Sacramento, hit .275 during WAC play with three doubles, four home runs and 15 RBI. He posted 17 runs and nine walks. Hoskins is the first Hornet to ever earn WAC Freshman of the Year honors.
Christiansen, in his second season in charge of the Hornets, was honored as the WAC Coach of the Year for the first time in his career. Christiansen led Sacramento State to its first-ever regular season WAC title.
FIRST TEAM ALL-WAC
OF-Aaron Judge, So., Fresno State
OF-Brooks Klein, Jr., Nevada
OF-Tanner Waite, Sr., New Mexico State
OF-Justin Higley, So., Sacramento State
2B-Andrew Ayers, Jr., Sacramento State
SS-Pi’ikea Kitamura, Jr., Hawai‘i
SS-Ryan Gebhardt, So., Louisiana Tech
SS-Zack Voight, Sr., New Mexico State
C-Carlos Escobar Jr., Jr., Nevada
C-Zac Fisher, Jr., New Mexico State
C-Derrick Chung, Sr., Sacramento State
DH-Kenny Wise, Sr., Fresno State
SP-Bradey Shipley, So., Nevada
SP-Tom Jameson, Jr., Nevada
SP-Adam Mott, Jr., New Mexico State
RP-Scott Coffman, Sr., New Mexico State
SECOND TEAM ALL-WAC
OF-Zack Swasey, Sr., Hawai‘i
OF-Rhys Hoskins, Fr., Sacramento State
1B-Trent Garrison, Jr., Fresno State
1B-Alex Williams, Sr., Louisiana Tech
1B-Kewby Meyer, Fr., Nevada
1B-Tanner Rust, So., New Mexico State
2B-Pat Hutcheson, Sr., Fresno State
2B-Parker Hipp, Jr., New Mexico State
3B-Jake Alvarez, So., Fresno State
3B-Collin Bennett, Sr., Hawai‘i
DH-Trevor Paine, Sr., Sacramento State
SP-Justin Haley, Jr., Fresno State
SP-Tom Harlan, Sr., Fresno State
SP-Matt Sisto, Sr., Hawai‘i
SP-Dallas Chadwick, So., Sacramento State
RP-Jamie Gilley, Jr., Louisiana Tech