The Wolf Pack softball team is faring well against one of the toughest schedules in school history. Through 24 games, Nevada is 16-8 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.
The Wolf Pack is coming off a solid performance at last week’s National Invitational Softball Tournament hosted by San Jose State in Hayward, Calif. The Wolf Pack went 4-1 in the tournament to win the 22nd Annual event for the first time in school history. Sophomore pitcher Katie Holverson went 2-0 in the circle and freshman utility player Noelle Micka batted .462 with two doubles and two home runs, which earned Micka her first Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week award.
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 four-day run in Northern California. The Wolf Pack will play seven games in those four days against six different opponents. The schedule starts Thursday with a doubleheader at UC Davis. Next comes a tough slate at the Capital Classic in Sacramento, Calif. The 16th annual event is hosted by Sacramento State and will be played at the Sacramento Softball Complex. Nevada will play five games in the tournament. On Friday, the Pack will face Ohio State and Colorado State. On Saturday, Nevada will take on Cal Poly and Northern Colorado. Nevada will conclude play in the tournament on Sunday when it takes on Cal, a rematch of the Pack’s 10-2 win over the Bears last week.
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.
For the complete game notes, click on the PDF link at the top of the page.