The Wolf Pack softball team is faring well against one of the toughest schedules in school history. Through 19 games, Nevada is 12-7 with wins over three ranked opponents. That includes a historic 1-0 upset over then-No. 1 Arizona at the Kajikawa Classic hosted by Arizona State.
Nevada returns the bulk of last year’s team that went 28-31 overall and came within a game of making it to its second-straight NCAA Tournament. Nevada brings back 15 letterwinners, all eight starters and its top two pitchers from last year’s team. Senior pitcher Jordan McPherson was named the Preseason Pitcher of the Year in the Western Athletic Conference this season. She was joined on the All-WAC Preseason Team by junior outfielder Brittany Puzey, who was an All-West Region selection in 2007. The Pack adds four freshmen to the mix this year and the other newcomer is senior pitcher Richelle Villescas, a transfer from Temple. The Pack is coached by Michelle Gardner in her sixth year overall and at Nevada.
ABOUT THIS WEEKEND
The University of Nevada continues the 2008 campaign with a challenging slate at the National Invitational Softball Tournament in Hayward, Calif. The 22nd annual event is hosted by San Jose State and will be played at Alden E. Oliver Sports Park in Hayward. Nevada will play five games in the tournament. On Friday, the Pack will face Boston College and Northern Iowa. On Saturday, Nevada will take on Tennessee State and Cal. Nevada will conclude play in the tournament on Sunday when it takes on Boston College again.
Live coverage of the games will not be available on the Internet but recaps and box scores will be available on www.nevadawolfpack.com every evening.
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