February 23-25, 2007
Palm Springs Classic, hosted by Oregon State
Big League Dreams Sports Park
Cathedral City, Calif.
Feb. 23 Nevada (3-7, 0-0 WAC) vs. UIC (2-3) 10 a.m.
Feb. 23 Nevada (3-7, 0-0 WAC) vs. Maryland (3-2) 6 p.m.
Feb. 24 Nevada (3-7, 0-0 WAC) vs. #11/10Texas (8-2) 10 a.m.
Feb 25 Nevada (3-7, 0-0 WAC) vs. #15 Washington (8-1) 11 a.m.
Feb. 25 Nevada (3-7, 0-0 WAC) vs. Penn State (3-1) 1 p.m.
Nevada is coming off a 3-2 weekend in which the Wolf Pack recorded a three-game win streak and Nevada pitcher Jordan McPherson became the Pack’s all-time winningest pitcher as she recorded her 36th career victory in Nevada’s 1-0 win over Northern Colorado at the Softball by the Beach Invitational. This week the University of Nevada softball team will travel to Cathedral City, Calif., for the Palm Springs Classic hosted by Oregon State. The Pack will take on two top-25 teams in #11/10 Texas and #15 Washington and will also face the University of Illinois-Chicago, Maryland and Penn State. Nevada will face three first-time opponents this weekend in Maryland, Texas and Penn State.
Follow the Pack:
Nevada’s game vs. # 11/10 Texas on Saturday, February 24 at 10 a.m. PT can be viewed at the following link: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/liveStats/liveStats.dbml?&&SPSID=45412&SPID=4083&DB_OEM_ID=10000&LIST_SPORT_ID=
McPherson Moving Up:
Junior Jordan McPherson picked up her third victory of the season during Nevada’s 1-0 victory over Northern Colorado on Feb. 18. The win moved McPherson into sole possession of first place as Nevada’s winningest pitcher with 36 career victories. McPherson passed former teammate Candice Rainwater (2003-06) who ended her four years with Nevada with 35 career victories. McPherson, who has a 36-39 (.480) career record with Nevada, is also the program’s all-time strikeout leader with 363 strikeouts, a feat she accomplished during the 2006 season.
Schafer Still Staying Strong:
For the third time in her career, junior Tyler Schafer tied her career-high with a six game hit streak through Nevada’s first six games of 2007. She saw her streak come to an end in Nevada’s first game versus Northern Colorado over the weekend at the Softball by the Beach Invitational in Santa Barbara, Calif. Schafer has recorded at least one hit in nine of the Pack’s 10 games. She has recorded one multiple-hit game this season when she went 3-for-4 in Nevada’s 7-5 victory over Long Beach State. Schafer, who is leading the team with 11 hits, currently has a three-game hit streak, the second longest active streak behind teammate Michelle Beach who has a four-game hit streak.
Puzey’s an RBI Machine:
Sophomore Brittany Puzey recorded five of the Pack’s 13 RBI over the weekend bringing her season total to a team-leading eight RBI. She drove in two RBI in each game against Long Beach State and the game-winning RBI in the Pack’s 1-0 shutout over Northern Colorado. The five RBI in one weekend is the second highest number of RBI Puzey has recorded in one weekend of play. She recorded a career-high 10 RBI in one weekend during Nevada’s four games in the San Diego Tournament in February of 2006. Dating back to May 10th of last season, Puzey has led Nevada in RBI for XX weeks.
Who Stole All The Bases?
Through its first 10 games of the season, Nevada has reached base safely on eight of its nine stolen base attempts. Four Pack players, sophomores Kym Silagyi (2-2), Sarah Hunt (2-2), Brittany Puzey (1-1) and junior Kristin Stith (1-1) are perfect in stolen base percentage while junior Tyler Schafer, who has attempted a team-high three steals, is 2-for-3 this season. Five of the top 10 players in Nevada’s career record book for stolen bases are active players, with Kym Silagyi (seven career stolen bases) ranked fourth, the highest of any active player.
Nims Not Wasting Any Time:
Freshman Amanda Nims became the first player in Nevada history to record an RBI during her first collegiate at bat. Nims, a Reno, Nev. native, drove in Michelle Beach for Nevada’s first run of the Pack’s 3-0 victory over Northern Colorado at the Softball by the Beach Invitational on Feb. 16. Nims, who has played in one game this season and was pinch-hitting for Katie Stith, drove in Beach from third base during the sixth inning of Nevada’s win.
News and Notes:
The Pack has yet to face a left-handed pitcher this season...Nevada has played teams from six states (California, Arizona, Texas, Utah, Colorado and Michigan) with four of the Pack’s games coming against opponents from California...The Pack has been shutout just once in 14 games dating back to May 13 of last season...Michelle Beach has the longest current hit streak at four games...Brittany Puzey (leftfield) and Tyler Schafer (rightfield) continue to be the only players to start every game at the same position...Schafer, Puzey, Kelsey Starr, Sam Bias and Kristin Stith are the five Nevada players who have started all 10 games for the Pack this season.
Last Time Out:
Nevada recorded a 3-2 record over the weekend at the Softball by the Beach Invitational hosted by UC Santa Barbara. The Pack posted a pair of shutout wins over Northern Colorado, 1-0 and 3-0 and beat Long Beach State 7-5. Nevada fell 4-0 to tournament host UC Santa Barbara and dropped a one-run contest to Long Beach State, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon.
Nevada In The WAC Stats:
As a team, Nevada is fifth in both team pitching (4.33 ERA) and fielding (.944 percent)...Brittany Puzey is second in doubles with four...Sam Bias and Kym Silagyi are tied for fourth in sacrifice bunts with two each...Tyler Schafer is tied for sixth in steal attempts with three...Puzey is tenth in RBI per game (0.78)...Jordan McPherson is tied for fifth in wins (three) and fifth in strikeouts with 20.
Scouting Nevada’s Opponents -- Palm Springs Classic:
The University of Illinois-Chicago Flames (Horizon):
All-Time Series: Nevada leads the series between the two schools 2-0.
Last Meeting: Nevada posted a 5-2 victory over UIC on Feb. 25, 2005.
A look at UIC: UIC has a 2-3 record this season having played in just one tournament so far this season, the Alexis Resort Kickoff in Las Vegas, Nev. The Flames did not play during the weekend of February 16-18. Sarah Clynes leads the team with a .333 batting average and has started all five games for UIC. Brook Frydendall leads the team with four RBI and is batting .231. Pitchers Clynes (four appearances, two starts), and Chelsea Fuemmeler (four appearances, three starts) have combined for 18 strikeouts. Fuemmeler has a 4.02 ERA and has allowed 21 hits in 15.2 innings. Clynes has a 5.65 ERA has given up 21 hits in 17.1 innings. The Flames are coached by co-head coaches Tom Gary and Sarah O’Malley Fisher who are both in their sixth season with UIC.
The Maryland Terps (ACC):
All-Time Series: This will mark the first meeting between the two schools.
Last Meeting: N/A
A look at Maryland: The Terps, who are 3-2 this season with both losses coming against nationally-ranked Michigan, opened the season at the FAU Dunkin’ Donuts Classic in Boca Raton, Fla. Amber Jackson leads the Maryland starters in batting average with a .333 average, has recorded 13 of the team’s 21 RBI and is 5-for-5 on stolen bases. Jennifer Wellborn (.250 batting average, three runs scored, three hits and one RBI) and Brittany Bessho (.250 batting average, two hits and one RBI) also lead the Terps offensively. Pitcher Meredith Nelles (four appearances, 12 strikeouts) is 2-1 and has a 1.19 ERA having pitched 17.2 innings. Stacey Jennings has a 1-1 record, a 2.33 ERA and has pitched 15.0 innings. Head coach Lauren Watten is in her second season with the Terps.
The Texas Longhorns (Big 12):
All-Time Series: This will be the first meeting between the two schools.
Last Meeting: N/A
A look at Texas: The Longhorns are ranked 11/10 in the latest national polls and are 8-2 this season. Texas opened the season at the Kajikawa Classic and then hosted the Texas Classic. Jacquel William leads the Longhorns with a .389 batting average with seven hits and five RBI. Loryn Johnson is batting .375 and has 12 hits and eight RBI. The Longhorns have six players, all of whom have played in at least eight of their 10 games, batting at least .300. Pitcher Erin Tresselt has a 2-1 record this season and has a 0.60 ERA. She has pitched 23.1 innings and has recorded 20 strikeouts. Megan Denny is 4-1 with 51 strikeouts and a 0.61 ERA. Head coach Connie Clark is in her 11th season with Texas and has a 413-184-1 career record with the Longhorns.
The Washington Huskies (Pac-10):
All-Time Series: Washington leads the all-time series 3-0.
Last Meeting: The Huskies, ranked #13 when they played the Pack in 2006, claimed a 10-2 win over Nevada on March 22, 2006 in Pacific, Calif.
A look at Washington: The Huskies, ranked 15th in the national polls, are 8-1 this season. Washington recorded a 3-1 record at the Mustang Classic hosted by Cal Poly SLO and a 5-0 record at the South Florida Classic. Marine Koziol leads the team with a .538 batting average. She has started all nine games and has recorded 14 hits in 26 at-bats. Alicia Matthews (.364 batting average), leads the team with 10 RBI, while Ashley Charters (.378 batting average, four RBI) is 8-for-8 in stolen bases. Pitcher Danielle Lawire is 6-0 this season with a 0.78 ERA. She has pitched 36.0 innings and has recorded 80 strikeouts. Fellow pitcher Caitlin Nobel is 2-1 on the year and has a 1.25 ERA. The Huskies are coached by Heather Tarr who is in her third season with Washington and has a 78-48 record.
The Penn State Nittony Lions (Big 10):
All-Time Series: This will be the first meeting between the two schools.
Last Meeting: N/A
A look at Penn State: The Nittony Lions are 3-1 this season having played all of its games at the Carolina Classic. Danielle Kinley, who has started all four of Penn State’s games, leads the team with a .727 batting average (8-for-11). Ashley Esparza has a .677 batting average and has also started all four games for Penn State. She’s recorded six hits on nine at-bats and has recorded three RBI. Pitcher Jackie Hill is 1-0 in the circle for the Nittony Lions and has a 1.24 ERA in 5.2 innings. Robin Petrini is in her eleventh season with Penn State and has a 319-252-1 record with the school.
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 200 feet down the right and leftfield lines, 210 to right and left centerfield and 220 feet to centerfield. 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.
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.
Up next for the Pack is the Worth Tournament on March 2-4 hosted by CS Fullerton. The Pack opens tournament play on March 2 with games versus #7/6 Oregon State and Texas Tech. Nevada will also take on Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and San Diego State.