Nevada is 16-9 on the season after going 4-0 last week ... The Wolf Pack has the reigning WAC Pitcher of the Week in Katie Holverson, who went 3-1 with a 2.19 ERA and a save last week during the Wolf Pack Classic ... Senior outfielder Brittany Puzey was named MVP of the Wolf Pack Classic and led five Nevada players on the all-tournament team, including Holverson, catcher Noelle Micka, second baseman Kym Silagyi and outfielder Britton Murdock ... After this weekend’s series, Nevada will host Colorado State on Wednesday and then begin WAC play with a three-game set against New Mexico State at Hixson Park March 21-22 ... For the second straight week, Nevada is receiving votes in both Top 25 polls ... 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 WEEKEND
After playing the first five weekends of the season in tournament settings, the Wolf Pack will settle into a “series” mode starting this weekend. Nevada will play host to the Santa Clara Broncos of the Pacific Coast Softball Conference in a three-game series. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday at Hixson Park with the first game beginning at 1 p.m. The second game will begin approximately 20 minutes after the conclusion of the first game. On Sunday, the Wolf Pack and the Broncos will play at noon.
Admission to Hixson Park is $7 for adults and $4 for children (12 and younger) and seniors (65 and older). The entrance to Hixson Park is located off Valley Road by turning east on Manogue Road. All three games will be available via live stats at www.nevadawolfpack.com.
SCOUTING SANTA CLARA
The Broncos enter this weekend’s series with a 4-14 overall mark this season but the have won each of their last two games a doubleheader sweep over Northern Illinois on Wednesday.
Briana Knight leads the Broncos in nearly every offensive category as she has a .356 a batting average with eight runs, eight doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI on the season. As a team, Santa Clara is batting .225 this year. In the circle, the Broncos have a 7.47 earned-run average this year.
The Broncos are coached by Lisa Mize, who is in her second season at Santa Clara and overall as a head coach.
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