February 16-18, 2007
Softball by the Beach Invitational, hosted by UCSB
UCSB Campus Diamond (500)
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Feb. 16 Nevada (0-5, 0-0 WAC) vs. UC Santa Barbara (2-2), 9 a.m.
Feb. 16 Nevada (0-5, 0-0 WAC) vs. Northern Colorado (1-4), 11 a.m.
Feb. 17 Nevada (0-0, 0-0 WAC) vs. Long Beach State (1-4), 1 p.m.
Feb. 18 Nevada (0-5, 0-0 WAC) vs. Northern Colorado (1-4), 9 a.m.
Feb. 18 Nevada (0-5, 0-0 WAC) vs. Long Beach State (1-4), 11 a.m.
The University of Nevada will look to rebound from its opening weekend, in which the Pack went 0-5 facing some of the nations best teams in #1 Arizona and #3 UCLA, and two conference champions from a year ago, Utah and Western Michigan. On Feb. 16-18 the Pack will travel to Santa Barbara, Calif., for the Softball by the Beach Invitational, hosted by UC Santa Barbara. The Wolf Pack will face three teams during the invitational, Northern Colorado, Long Beach State and tournament host UC Santa Barbara as the Pack looks to pick up its first win of the season. Nevada won the last game versus UCSB in 2004, while Long Beach claimed a win over the Pack in their last meeting three seasons ago. This season’s game between Nevada and Northern Colorado will mark the first meeting between the two schools. UC Santa Barbara received a vote in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll released February 13.
Follow the Pack:
No live stats will be available for this weekend’s softball games. Results will be posted on nevadawolfpack.com as soon as they become available.
Through the first five games of the season junior outfielder Tyler Schafer has a five-game hitting streak, the second longest streak of her career. She recorded one hit in each of the Pack’s five games at the Kajikawa Classic. In 16 at bats, Schafer recorded five hits, scored one run and drew one walk. She recorded two six-game hitting streaks last season, one from Feb. 24-March 2 when she batted .312, and the other from April 28-May 6 when she recorded a batting average of .250.
Puzey Leading The Pack:
After the first weekend of play, sophomore leftfielder Brittany Puzey is leading the team in several batting categories. The Minden, Nev., native leads the team in batting average, .333 (4-12), RBI, (three) and total bases with eight. Puzey, who ended last season with a team-high 39 RBI, has started all of the Pack’s five games this season.
The University of Nevada softball team went a perfect 7-for-7 in stolen bases over the weekend. Sophomores Kym Silagyi and Sarah Hunt were each 2-for-2 while Brittany Puzey, Kristin Stith and Tyler Schafer each reached base safely on their attempt. Silagyi now leads all active players with seven career stolen bases. Stith has six, Hunt and Schafer five and Puzey four. The all-time career stolen base record is 24 set by Jiliane Hartfiel who played for the Pack from 2004-05.
Junior Kristin and sophomore Katie Stith are tied in leading the team in putouts with 25. Kristin, an infielder, led the team in putouts in 2004 with a single-season record 572, while Katie, a catcher, finished the 2006 season second on the team with 331 putouts. Both sisters are in the top of the career record book for putouts. Kristin ranks first all-time with 707 career putouts while Katie is fifth with 356.
Five Nevada newcomers made their collegiate debut with Nevada over the weekend at the Kajikawa Classic. Pitcher Katie Holverson, third baseman Kelsey Starr, shortstop Sam Bias, infielder Montana Lucas and designated hitter Michelle Beach saw time for the Pack at the Kajikawa Classic.
News and Notes:
The Pack has scored in every inning this season except the second, third and fourth...Nevada scored a season-high six runs versus Utah...through its first five games of the season, Nevada has not been shutout...after falling to Western Michigan 2-1 in eight innings, the Pack is now 0-5 in season openers...leftfield and rightfield are the only positions that have seen the same starters through the first five games this season...Brittany Puzey has started all five games in leftfield while Tyler Schafer has made five starts in rightfield.
Last Time Out:
Nevada opened the season with a 2-1 eight-inning loss to Western Michigan in the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. The Broncos scored in the bottom of the first but the Pack battled back to tie the game in the top of the seventh. Western Michigan scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth. In the nightcap, the Pack fell 6-2 to preseason #1 Arizona. On Saturday, Nevada dropped games to Texas Tech, 11-1 in five innings, and to Utah, despite scoring a season-high six runs in the 10-6 loss to the Utes. The Pack rounded out tournament play with a 9-1 five-inning loss to #3 UCLA.
Scouting Nevada’s Opponents -- Softball By The Beach Invitational:
The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (Big West):
All-Time Series: UC Santa Barbara holds a 6-4 advantage in the all-time series between the two schools.
Last Meeting: Nevada posted an 11-8 win over UC Santa Barbara in Reno, Nev., on March 23, 2004.
A look at UC Santa Barbara: The Gauchos are 2-2 this season and opened the season at the Campbell/Cartier Classic in San Diego, Calif. Brittany Putich leads the team in batting average, .333 (4-12), and RBI with four. Pitcher MeLinda Matsumoto is 1-0 this season picking up a win against San Diego State. She pitched eight innings in the victory and did not allow a run. Jennifer Davis is 0-2 this season and has a 2.57 ERA. She has pitched 14 innings, allowed 10 hits and four earned runs. UCSB is coached by Kristy Schroeder who is in her sixth season. She has a 145-135 career record with the Gauchos. UCSB received a vote in this weeks ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.
The Northern Colorado Bears (Independent):
All-Time Series: This will be the first meeting between the two schools.
Last Meeting: N/A
A look at Northern Colorado: The Bears, 1-4 this year, opened the season at the UCR Invitational, losing games to UC Riverside, 12-2 and San Diego State 9-0. Northern Colorado picked up a 5-3 win over San Jose State while weather forced the cancellation of the Bear’s final game of the tournament. Northern Colorado also dropped a doubleheader to Loyola Marymount. Laura Christianson leads the Bears with a .364 batting average. Pitcher Shea Carpenter has pitched the most innings for Northern Colorado, 17.0, and has allowed 27 hits and has a 7.94 ERA. Jennifer Schunke is in her first season as head coach and has a 1-4 record at Northern Colorado.
The Long Beach State 49ers (Big West):
All-Time Series: Long Beach State leads the all-time series 1-0.
Last Meeting: The 49ers posted a 5-1 victory over the Wolf Pack on March 20, 2004 in the only meeting between the two schools.
A look at Long Beach State: The 49ers are 1-4 this season having dropped games to Oregon, Wisconsin, #17 Texas and #5 ASU while beating Syracuse at the Kajikawa Classic. Whitney Radcliff leads the starters in batting average, .429, while Lacy Tyler is second with a .357 average and nine RBI. Pitcher Tyler has made three starts this year and has recorded 11 strikeouts and has a 8.67 ERA. Kim Sowder is in her first year as head coach and has a 1-4 career record at Long Beach.
Since softball was reinstated in 2003, the Pack is 0-5 in season openers all of which have been on the road. Three of those losses, against Western Michigan in 2007, #6 Texas A&M in 2006 and versus UC Santa Barbara in 2003, were one-run losses. Nevada’s best start in its opening weekend came in 2003 when the Pack recorded a 3-2 record during its first weekend of play, with both of Nevada’s losses being close as the Pack lost each game by one run. Over the past two seasons, the Pack played a very tough opening weekend schedule. This season at the Kajikawa Classic the Pack faced two top-three teams, #1 Arizona and #3 UCLA, and a pair of 2006 conference champions, Utah and Western Michigan. Much like this season’s opening weekend, the Pack opened the 2006 season at the Kajikawa Classic playing three nationally-ranked teams, #6 Texas A&M, #7 Stanford and #21 Nebraska.
The New Home of Wolf Pack Softball:
Beginning with the 2007 season, the University of Nevada’s softball team will have a new home facility. The Wolf Pack will play at the Christina Hixson Softball Complex which is located adjacent to campus across Evans Avenue from Peccole Park. The complex will feature permanent dugouts with restrooms, two batting cages on Nevada’s side and one on the visitors’ side, 168 permanent chair backs behind home plate with additional room for lawn chair seating along the first and third base lines. Parking for 168 cars is available adjacent to the facility. While the wiring and plumbing has been installed for a permanent press box, concession stand, ticket booth and restrooms, temporary amenities will be in place for the 2007 season. The field dimensions are 210 feet down the right and left field lines and 220 feet to center field. The outfield is natural grass while the infield is hilltopper.
The facility is scheduled to open on March 23 for Nevada’s home opener against Fresno State. The 23-acre site is also home to the field events for Wolf Pack women’s track and field. Construction photo updates and field renderings are available on the softball page at www.nevadawolfpack.com by clicking on the construction photos link on the right.
Preseason Coaches’ Poll and All-WAC Selections:
For the second consecutive season, Nevada was picked to finish third in the preseason coaches’ poll. Fresno State, who has been picked to win the preseason title 11 times in the past 12 seasons, was picked first this year followed by Hawai`i. New Mexico was picked fourth followed by San Jose, La Tech and Utah State.
Nevada pitcher, junior Jordan McPherson (Simi Valley, Calif.), was named to the preseason All-WAC team as an at-large selection. This is the second career preseason honor for McPherson who was named to the preseason team in 2006. McPherson, who was named MVP of the WAC Tournament last season, is Nevada’s career strikeout leader (342) including setting a single-season record last season with 246 strikeouts.
2007 WAC Softball Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Coaches could not vote for their own teams
(first place votes)
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total
1. Fresno St. (5) 5 1 - - - - 35
2. Hawai`i (1) 1 4 1 - - - 30
3. Nevada (1) 1 2 3 - - - 28
4. NMSU - - 3 3 - - 21
5. SJSU - - - 2 4 - 14
6. La. Tech - - - 2 - 4 10
7. Utah St. - - - - 3 3 9
Preseason All-WAC Team
C Nichole Willis, Sr., Fresno State
1B Tyleen Tausaga, Sr., Hawai`i
2B Jenna Cervantez, Jr., Fresno State
2B Rochelle Sandberg, Jr., Louisiana Tech
3B Stephanie Herrera, Jr., New Mexico State
SS Haley Perkins, So., Fresno State
OF Emma Barnes, So., Louisiana Tech
OF Shannon Garvin, Sr., Fresno State
OF Kaulana Gould, Jr., Hawai`i
P Robin Mackin, So., Fresno State
UT Kate Robinson, Jr., Hawai`i
DP Stacey Lien, So., New Mexico State
At-Large Jordan McPherson, Jr., P, Nevada
At-Large Justine Smethurst, So., P, Hawai`i
Player of the Year: Tyleen Tausaga, Sr., 1B, Hawai`i
Pitcher of the Year: Robin Mackin, So., Fresno State
Signees For The 2008 Season:
Nevada’s softball team, the defending WAC tournament champions, signed three student-athletes for the 2007-08 season. Danielle Patrick, Noelle Micka and Britton Murdock have all signed national letters of intent to study and play softball for the University of Nevada.
Patrick, a native of Chino Hills, Calif., was a three-year scholar athlete at Chino Hills High School. She was the 2005 CIF Division II Player of the Year and was named to the first team All-CIF in 2005. Patrick, who can play shortstop, third base or outfield, was a first-team all-league honoree for the 2005-06 season. She was also a member of the 18 Under Gold National Champion Orange County Batbusters in 2006.
Catcher and outfielder Noelle Micka will come to Nevada out of Pacifica High School in Garden Grove, Calif. Micka was a member of the CIF Championship team in 2004 and named to the All-League second-team. She was also named Gatorade Player of the Week in 2004. Micka has won five ASA National Championships and was a member of the 18 Under Gold National Champion Orange County Batbusters in 2006.
The Pack’s third recruit for the 2007-08 season is Britton Murdock. Murdock attended Reno High School where she lettered three seasons in both basketball and softball. She was named to the basketball all-league second team in 2005 and named first-team as a shortstop in both 2005 and 2006. Murdock, who can play catcher, first base or utility, was named the Sierra League’s Co-Player of the Year for softball in 2006. She plays ASA softball with the Strike Zone Gold team and is coached by Don Ford.
The Pack will travel to Cathedral City, Calif., on Feb. 23-25 for the Palm Springs Classic hosted by the Oregon State Beavers. Nevada will open play on Friday, Feb. 23 at 3:30 p.m. versus the University of Illinois-Chicago. The Wolf Pack will also face Maryland, No. 11/10 Texas, No. 17/15 Washington and Penn State, who received votes in both polls for the week of Feb. 12.