Nevada Softball Ranked No. 18 by ESPNU

The Nevada softball team has been reaching new heights over the past year and this week came another -- the program's first-ever preseason national ranking.

The Wolf Pack came in this week at No. 18 in the ESPNU rankings by softball beat writer Graham Hays. For more from ESPNU, click HERE.

Nevada returns 13 players from last year's historic team that went 44-18 and won the WAC regular season championship for the first time. The Wolf Pack, under the direction of first-year coach Matt Meuchel, opened practice on Monday at Christina M. Hixson Park. Nevada begins the season on Feb. 6 at the Kajikawa Classic, hosted by Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz.