No. 18/22 Nevada is 3-1 on the season after a solid showing last weekend at the Kajikawa Classic hosted by Arizona State ... The Wolf Pack beat a pair of non-ranked teams in Cal State Bakersfield and Wichita State and split with a pair of ranked teams -- a win over then-No. 9 Northwestern and a loss to then No. 7 Arizona ... Junior pitcher Katie Holverson set a school record with 17 strikeouts in the victory over Northwestern ... The Wolf Pack entered the 2009 season with much fanfare after a historic season in 2008 and a solid core of talent returning from that team ... The Wolf Pack returned 13 letterwinners from last year, including seven starting position players and one pitcher ... Of the returners, seven earned first- or second-team All-WAC honors in 2008 ... Topping the list of returnees is sophomore catcher Noelle Micka, a second-team NFCA All-American in 2008; junior pitcher Katie Holverson, a second-team NFCA All-West Region honoree in 2008; and senior outfielder Brittany Puzey, an honorable mention NFCA All-West Region selection in 2007 ... Nevada went 44-18 overall in 2008 and captured its first WAC regular season crown with a 16-2 record ... The Wolf Pack advanced to the NCAA Regionals, where it fell in the title game at UCLA ... Nevada is led by first-year coach Matt Meuchel, who was an assistant here for four years (2003-06) before spending two years at Oklahoma State ... His staff includes fourth-year assistant Melanie Meuchel and first-year assistant coach Lisa Dodd.
ABOUT THIS TOURNAMENT
Nevada will play five games this weekend at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic hosted by UNLV in Las Vegas. A field of 20 teams from around the country is expected for the tournament, which will be held at UNLV’s home field, Eller Media Stadium, and three fields at Stephanie Lynn Craig in Henderson.
The Wolf Pack will play twice on Friday, opening the tournament against Utah and then continuing against Southern Utah, On Saturday, Nevada will take on Louisville and then play Portland State in back-to-back games. On Sunday, the Wolf Pack will conclude play in the tournament by taking on the host Rebels in an in-state battle.
Nevada’s first four games of the tournament will be at SLC Park and the game against UNLV will be on campus at Eller Media Stadium.
AFTER THAT...UC DAVIS
Following the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic, Nevada will travel to Davis, Calif. on Tuesday for a single game against the Aggies. With the Tuesday game, it will be Nevada’s sixth game in five days.
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