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NCAA honors Pack softball

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On Monday, the NCAA notified Nevada that in the coming weeks, the Wolf Pack will receive a plaque in recognition of the softball program's statistical championship in doubles per game for the 2012-13 season. The trophy will go on display inside Legacy Hall.

In 2013, Nevada doubled 102 times in 53 games, breaking the record set by the vaunted offense of 2008 despite playing nine less contests. The rate of 1.92 per game made the Pack the national leader for the first time in the history of the program.

The Pack broke two additional offensive program records last season and was led by a strong lineup throughout the year. Nevada slugged .477, seven points better than the offense of 2009 and got on base at a clip of .399, 11 points better than the group in 2008. The Pack scored 10-or-more runs in nine games, winning all of them. In 23 games, the team in Navy scored at least six runs, going a spectacular 20-3 in those games. As a team, Nevada hit .311, one point shy of the best number for any Nevada lineup.

The 2013 season was another successful campaign at the dish under hitting coach and former Pack baseball star Andy Dominique. He will return in 2014 for his sixth season in charge of the Pack's offense.


Pack Sets Multiple Records in 2013

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An updated record book, chronicling the Nevada Wolf Pack softball team's success in 2013, is now available at http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/unv/sports/w-softbl/auto_pdf/2012-13/misc_non_event/199.pdf.

The record book available now will hold current statistics when the Pack begins its 2014 season next Spring.

In 2013, the Wolf Pack was 30-23 overall and set or tied a number of the program's offensive records, including those for slugging and on-base percentage, and led the country in doubles per game. In Mountain West play, the Pack was 9-9 and finished tied for fourth, three spots higher than it was picked in the pre-season.

Nevada doubled 102 times, breaking the record set by the vaunted offense of 2008 despite playing nine less games. The rate of 1.92 per game made Nevada the national leader on a per-game basis. The Pack slugged .477, seven points better than the offense of 2009 and got on base at a clip of .399, 11 points better than the group in 2008. The Pack scored 10-or-more runs in nine games, winning all of them. In 23 games, the team in Navy scored at least six runs, going a spectacular 20-3 in those games. As a team, Nevada hit .311, one point shy of the best number for any Nevada lineup.

Six players drove in at least 30 runs, with three players doubling at least 15 times. The six players that had 30 RBI also each hit at least five home runs. The Pack scored 284 runs in 53 games or 5.36 per game for the 45th best number nationally.

Individually, Nevada junior and All-Mountain West performer Karley Hopkins set the single-season record for runs scored, crossing the plate 45 times. Erin Jones tied the previous record for doubles in a season, collecting two bases on 18 occasions.

These record-setting offensive performances helped Nevada win 30 games for the first time since 2009, but it wasn't solely about the bat in 2013. Defensively, Nevada set the school record for fielding percentage at .965. The Pack made only 52 errors, the fewest of any team in the program's history, with 1,063 putouts and 362 assists. Hopkins fielded .972 in 53 games at second base, while freshman Jasmine Jenkins, who was also All-Mountain West selection, fielded .961 in 46 games at third base.


Rivalry Week

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Former Nevada assistant coach Lisa Dodd (above), will be back in Reno, this time as the head coach of rival UNLV.

The UNLV Rebels will be in Reno from Friday-Sunday with three points in the Governor's Series Presented by NV Energy on the line. Prior to Sunday's 12 p.m. game, Nevada's seniors will be honored in a ceremony on the field.

The three-game set has large post-season implications for Nevada, as the Pack is currently tied for third in the Mountain West, only a half game out of the lead. In addition, former Pack assistant coach Lisa Dodd will be back in Reno as the head coach of the Rebels for the first time.

Below is a complete summary of Nevada's noteworthy offensive accomplishments to date. Included in it is a breakdown of the overall strength of the Nevada lineup, which currently leads the Mountain West in 13 offensive categories. Nevada also ranks first nationally in doubles per game with 92 in 47 games (1.96) and is batting .311 as a team, good for 29th in the country.

National Footprint - With the seventh week of NCAA statistics released on Monday, Nevada has found itself in the Top-45 nationally in a number of statistics and in the lead in one in particular ... The Wolf Pack is: First in the nation doubles per game at 1.96 (92 in 47 games); 29th in batting average at .311; 34th in slugging percentage at .483; 44th in scoring at 5.49 runs per game.

Individually ... Erin Jones is ninth in the nation in doubles per game at .36 (16 in 44 games) ... Karlyn Jones is ranked: First in fewest hit batters (one); 23rd in walks per seven at 1.22 (25 in 143.2 IP); Ashley Butera is ranked 41st nationally in sacrifice flies with 3.

Mountain West Leaders - As a team ... The Pack leads the Mountain West in 13 offensive categories ... They are ... Batting Average (.311) ... Slugging Percentage (.483) ... On-Base Percentage (.401) ... Runs Scored (258) ... Hits (402) ... RBI (243) ... Doubles (92) ... Home Runs (42) ... Total Bases (626) ... Total Plate Appearances (1,518) ... At Bats (1,296) ... Walks (165) ... Hit by Pitch (35).

In the circle ... Nevada is first in innings pitched (314.2) and batters struck out looking (79) ... Second in batters struck out (240) ... Defensively ... The Pack is second in fielding percentage at .966

Individually, Hopkins leads the MW in ... Hits (62) ... Runs Scored (42) ... Plate appearances (186) and at bats (165) ... Erin Jones leads the conference in doubles (16) ... Megan Sweet leads the MW in walks 31.

In total ... Nevada players appear in the top-10 in 15 offensive categories, a total of 47 times ... In the circle, Nevada pitchers appear in 11 categories, with 16 total appearances ... Defensively, Nevada players appear in two categories a total of three times.

Runs Created - Individually, Nevada infielder and designated player Erin Jones is succeeding by any offensive measure in the book, including new-age metrics such as runs created ... Per plate appearance, Jones is creating .225 runs, the third-best number in the history of the program for a season ... In total, the 2013 season could produce five of the top 12 individual offensive campaigns in the history of the program, as measured by runs created ... Karley Hopkins, Sara Parsons, Jasmine Jenkins and Megan Sweet are all on pace to finish inside the top 12.


Parsons Set to Play with Nevada Baseball Against Reno Aces

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On April 2nd at 6:05 p.m. the University of Nevada baseball team will take on the Reno Aces in an exhibition game for the fourth-straight season. The fundraiser for the baseball program will again feature a member of the Nevada softball team. This year's participant will be junior outfielder Sara Parsons.

"Sara deserves the opportunity to go out there with the guys in what is really a great event," head softball coach Matt Meuchel said. "The exposure for the softball program is great as well."

Parsons is currently hitting .345 and leads Nevada with 34 RBI. She has started every game in center field for the Wolf Pack this season and will likely occupy a corner outfield position in Tuesday's exhibition.

"I can't even imagine what it's going to be like on the field," the Fallon native said. "I'm excited, but I'm a little nervous too. I know a lot of my teammates are planning on coming out to support me so that makes me feel a lot better."

The Pack won for the first time last year 7-3 after the Aces took the first two meetings.  The Aces won 9-3 in 2011 and 11-1 in the inaugural game in 2010.
Once again this season, the game will be played in an exhibition format, with Aces pitchers and catchers playing for both squads. All players will use wood bats, and the contest will last seven and a half innings. Utilizing the traditional minor league spring training format, pitchers will be placed on a pitch count, and should a pitcher reach his limit, the game will immediately proceed to the next half inning.

Pack Softball Senior Profiles

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For each of the next five weeks, one Nevada senior softball player will be featured in a Wolf Pack Senior Profile. These question and answer sessions with the Nevada Media Services Staff will center on the experience of a Nevada Softball player and the program's change and improvement in recent seasons.

In one season at Feather River College, Chelsea Venable was a first-team All-American and the California State and Golden Valley Conference Player of the Year. The Las Vegas native came to Nevada in 2010. She is in her final season as a member of the Pack and is the first senior profile subject.

To view the full article, click here.

Pack Offense Threatening to Rewrite Record Book

The Nevada softball team currently holds a record of 20-13, and will begin conference play this weekend against Fresno State. A story in itself, the improvement in the win column (Nevada has 20 games remaining and is one win away from last season's win total of 21) is made even more interesting by how the Wolf Pack is doing it.

Currently, Nevada is on pace to break 13 team or individual offensive records and is within shouting distance of two more. With the return of Erin Jones from injury, and additions of freshmen Megan Sweet and Jasmine Jenkins, the Pack has put together one of the Team_UNC_sized (5).jpgmost potent offenses in the Mountain West.

As a team, Nevada is hitting .328, with a slugging percentage of .527 and an on-base percentage of .420. Should those numbers hold up, they would each set a new Nevada record. In addition, the Pack has a total of 68 doubles, 36 home runs and 105 extra-base hits in 33 games.

Keep your eye out for Nevada's weekly preview for more details  on the explosive Wolf Pack offense, and check NevadaWolfPack.com for a new weekly feature and results from Nevada's contests with the Bulldogs.

In addition to live statistics, live audio will be available for all road games at www.NevadaWolfPack.com.

Changes Brewing at Hixson Park

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A recent donation by University of Nevada supporter Dixie May has made changes possible at Hixson Park. Field renovations, beginning with a new 60% sand, 40% clay mixture in the infield, commenced on Tuesday. The first step in the process is to remove the old infield and use that material to resurface the warning track. Later in the week, the new mixture was laid.

With the new infield material in, a settling agent will be put down, allowing the new surface to solidify into a playable infield.

The infield is not the only area of the park getting a re-boot. The outfield will see a new 110-foot padded batter's eye, with the Nevada logo (pictured below) on either end. In addition, matching navy padding will be inserted on each vertical support pole in the outfield fence.

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Check www.NevadaWolfPack.com for further updates on the field renovations and come check out the Wolf Pack softball team when it opens home play on March 15 at 3 p.m. vs. UTSA. More photos will be available as things come together at Hixson.