Three Wolf Pack Pitchers Drafted By Seattle Mariners

By: University of Nevada
By: University of Nevada

The Seattle Mariners selected a trio of University of Nevada pitchers on day two of the 2007 First-Year Major League Baseball Draft on Friday. Ryan Rodriguez was selected in the 17th round and seven rounds later Matt Renfree was taken in round 24. The Mariners again waited seven rounds to select another Pack hurler taking Rod Scurry in round 31. Rodriguez and Renfree are both seniors but as a junior Scurry could opt to pitch for the Pack again next season and not sign a contract with Seattle.

Rodriguez, the 2007 WAC Pitcher of the Year and first-team All-WAC selection, was a four-year starter for the Wolf Pack. The Reno native started 67 games during his career and never missed a start since coming to campus as a freshman. Rodriguez set three school career marks with 32 wins, 398.2 innings pitched, and 331 strikeouts. His 106 strikeouts this past season ranks as the fourth best single season in school history and his 119.1 innings pitched is tied for the fourth most in a season. After making 67 consecutive starts during his career he leaves the school tied for eighth in pitching appearances. The 398.2 career innings pitched is the fourth best total in WAC history and the 32 career victories is tied for 11th.

In 2007 he led the WAC with 119.1 innings pitched, was second with 106 strikeouts and tied for second with nine victories. His 18 starts were tied for third most in the conference and his .265 opponent batting average was third while his 3.75 ERA ranked fourth. Twice this season he was selected as WAC Pitcher of the Week and five times during his career. He tossed the third shutout of his career versus Utah Valley State on March 17 and combined on two others at Pacific and at New Mexico State going eight innings in each of those contests. At NMSU he struck out a season-high 10.

As a sophomore in 2005 he won 11 games which is tied for the third most wins by a Pack pitcher in a season and was named to the All-WAC second team that same season.

Renfree pitched four seasons for the Wolf Pack and was the 2007 first-team All-WAC reliever. He was also selected to the All-WAC Tournament team after picking up a save and a win on day three of the tournament as the Pack advanced to the title game. The Auburn, Calif. product was 5-0 with three saves as a senior making a team-high 24 appearances. His 74 career appearances are tied for the third most in school history. In the WAC he ranked in ninth in saves(3), tied for eight in games finished(10), and was sixth games in relief(24).

Scurry, a Reno native, joined the team for the 2007 season after pitching two seasons at Sierra College. He was 3-7 in his first season with the Pack but 3-2 in the Western Athletic Conference which helped him earn second-team All-WAC honors. His 24 strikeouts looking was second in the conference while his 38 strikeouts in WAC play was fifth. In conference play he posted a 3.89 ERA which was fifth best in the league. Twice he combined on shutouts in WAC play versus Fresno State and Louisiana Tech. He struck out a career-high nine San Jose State batters in the WAC Tournament on May 25.


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