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Nevada's TJ Bruce, Dillan Shrum earn top Mountain West baseball honors

Dillan Shrum
Dillan Shrum is the Mountain West player of the year. (Nevada athletics)

The Nevada baseball team had several players honored by the Mountain West on Thursday, including TJ Bruce winning conference coach of the year and Dillan Shrum being named the Tony Gwynn Player of the Year. Here is a roundup of the eight Wolf Pack products to earn honors.

T.J. Bruce – Coach of the Year

It was a historic season for the Wolf Pack in 2021 as Bruce led his squad to its third Mountain West regular season title and first since 2018. With that regular season conference championship, the Pack earned its first automatic bid to NCAA Regionals since 2000 and its fifth overall in program history. Bruce and the Wolf Pack finished the regular season with a 25-18 overall record and was 22-9 in league action. Nevada was nearly unbeatable down the stretch as it went 11-2 in the month of May and rattled off 15 consecutive wins in Mountain West play to close the regular season. Bruce has also produced one of the best offenses in all of college baseball as the Pack currently ranks in the top five nationally in batting average (.321), doubles per game (2.44) and slugging percentage (.535). Nevada is also third in the nation in double plays per game (1.02).

Dillan Shrum – Player of the Year; All-MW First Team

For Shrum, this is his first Player of the Year honor and his second selection to the All-Mountain West team. It has been a career season for the senior as he finished the regular season as the national leader in both batting average (.479) and slugging percentage (.992). His 15 home runs are a single-season career-high and led the conference, as did his .521 on base percentage. Other single season career totals Shrum has hit this year include hits (58), RBI (47) and runs scored (35) and all in a shortened season at just 33 games. During league play, which spanned just 21 games for Shrum, he batted an incredible .550 with 44 hits, 12 home runs, 10 doubles, 36 RBI and 31 runs in 80 at-bats. He was named the MW Player of the Week following the final week of the regular season after he went 12-for-15 at the plate with six home runs during the series against SJSU. Shrum has also gotten it done with the glove as he has recorded just one error on the year and added 250 putouts and 10 assists.

Tyler Bosetti – All-MW First Team

This is the first all-conference honor of Bosetti's career and it comes during a career season for the redshirt junior. Bosetti, who started all 43 games for the Wolf Pack, set single-season career-highs in nearly every offensive category including batting average (.337), hits (63), doubles (22), triples (3), home runs (11), RBI (47) and runs (46). His 22 doubles ranks sixth in the nation but he is first nationally in doubles per game averaging 0.51 two base hits per contest. Bosetti was terrific in conference play batting .382 and leading the team in RBI, doubles and runs scored. Earlier in May Bosetti grabbed national headlines after hitting a home run in nine consecutive games, which broke an NCAA record that had stood for 30 years. To close out the regular season Bosetti had hit safely in 18 of the last 19 games of the season.

Dario Gomez – All-MW First Team

Gomez, a newcomer to the Pack this season after transferring from San Joaquin Delta College, has been consistent at the plate all season long. In his first Division I season Gomez started all 43 games in center field and batted .404 and led the Wolf Pack with 74 hits. He also totaled six home runs, two triples, 16 doubles, 37 RBI, scored 45 runs and slugged .612. There were just seven games of the 43 he played that he went hitless and posted a team-long hitting streak of 14 games. In conference play Gomez was phenomenal as he hit .414 and led the team in hits with 55. He was a solid defensive center fielder for the Pack as well as he recorded 119 putouts and four assists to just two errors. During the home series against Fresno State on March 20, Gomez drove in eight runs which was tied for fourth-most in the nation in a single game.

Cam Walty – All-MW First Team

Walty, a true freshman out of Elk Grove, Calif., was spectacular on the mound in his rookie season. The right hander was one of the Wolf Pack's best starting pitchers this season and was recognized for his strong pitching on May 10 when he was named the Mountain West Pitcher of the Week. Walty has made 12 appearances so far this season, with 11 starts, a 5-3 record, and has an ERA of 4.02, which leads Nevada starters and ranks third in the conference. He also ranks in the top 10 in the league in opposing batting average (.243) and is ninth in strikeouts (48). In outings where he has thrown at least 5.0 innings, he has six games where he has given up three earned runs or fewer. In league games he has been even better, lowering his ERA to 3.47 in his nine starts and striking out 38 in his 46.2 innings pitched.

Shane Gustafson – All-MW First Team

This is the first all-conference honor of Gustafson's career. In his final season with the Wolf Pack, Gustafson has made the most out of his last ride. The right hander is tied for the team lead with 19 appearances this season and leads all relievers with a 3.00 ERA. He has compiled a 3-2 record and added three saves. In his 42.0 innings of work out of the bullpen, Gustafson has surrendered just 14 earned runs and has struck out 35 batters. Opposing hitters are batting just .216 off of Gustafson as well. In his last seven appearances of the season, which total 24.0 innings, he has allowed just 17 hits and three earned runs.

Jake Jackson – All-MW Second Team

For Jackson this is the second all-conference second team honor of his career after also earning the same selection following his freshman season in 2018. In 2021 Jackson has started 12 games and made 14 total appearances with a 5-3 record. His five wins are tied for second-most in the Mountain West. He has compiled an ERA of 5.51, which ranks sixth-lowest in the conference, and has tossed two complete games, both of which came during conference play. His 67.0 innings pitched also ranks sixth in the league and his 16 batters struck out looking is tied for sixth. In seven of his 12 starts he has given up two earned runs or fewer.

Joshua Zamora – All-MW Second Team

Zamora is no stranger to the postseason all-conference awards. This is his third all-conference honor as he was also named to the All-MW second team in 2019 and to the All-MW first team in 2018, the same year he was selected as the league's Freshman of the Year. In 2021 Zamora hit at a .297 clip in his 40 games played. He ranked in a tie for third in the conference with 12 home runs, which also set a new single-season career-high for the California native. This season he also added 46 hits, seven doubles, two triples, 26 RBI and 37 runs in his 155 at-bats. He's been solid defensively as well after making the switch from third base to second base a quarter of the way through the season to post a fielding percentage of .974 with 51 putouts and 97 assists.

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