Nevada is 22-9 on the season after going 2-0 last weekend ... The Wolf Pack topped New Mexico State in two games to open Western Athletic Conference play but the third game of the series was called due to weather ... The Wolf Pack hits the road this week for the first time since the trip to the DeMarini Invitational (Feb. 27-March 1) ... Nevada is riding a 12-game winning streak in conference games and has won four straight conference road games dating back to the 2008 season ... The Pack is ranked in the top 40 nationally in six offensive categories, including sixth in batting average (.336) ... Individually, Nevada players are in the top 50 in seven statistical categories ... The Pack has just one non-conference game left -- at UC Davis on April 8 ... Nevada is receiving votes in both major polls ... The team returns home for a three-game series next weekend against Louisiana Tech ... 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
Nevada is one of three undefeated Western Athletic Conference teams after the first weekend of league play. The Wolf Pack travels to Hawai`i this weekend to face the Rainbow Wahine in a three-game set Friday and Saturday (DH). Friday’s game will start at 9 p.m. (Pacific) and Saturday’s doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. (Pacific).
Live stats will be available for each game from the University of Hawai`i. Also, this weekend’s games are available on the Internet. All three games are available via UH radio at www.espn1420am.com. Saturday’s games will be televised and a stream is available at www.uhstreaming.oceanic.com.
Links for live stats, audio and video streaming are available at www.nevadawolfpack.com.
The Rainbow Wahine enter this series with a 14-17 overall mark and a 2-1 record in Western Athletic Conference play. Hawaii is 9-9 at home this season. The Wahine have won four of their last five games entering this week’s series.
Hawaii has a team batting average of .239 and is led by Tanisha Milca (.357) and Amanda Tauali`l (.342) but no other player is above .300. Milca was a preseason All-WAC selection, as was Audrey Andrade (.167 in just 24 games) and Claire Warwick (.264). Warwick was the conference’s preseason player of the year.
In the circle, Hawaii has a team earned-run average of 2.94, led by Stephanie Ricketts at 1.82. Ricketts, a freshman, boasts a 9-5 record and is the WAC’s reigning Pitcher of the Week after throwing a no-hitter and a one-hitter at Louisiana Tech last week.
The all-time series between the teams is tied at 14. Nevada has won five straight games in the series after sweeping the Wahine last year in Reno and then beating them again in the WAC Tournament in Hawaii. The first win in the current streak came at the 2007 WAC tourney.
Hawaii is coached by Bob Coolen, who has won 645 games in his 18th year at the school. Coolen is in his 23rd year overall as a head coach.
The complete game notes can be found by clicking on the PDF link at the top of this page.