March 29 & March 30-April 1, 2007
Doubleheader with Sac State & The Nevada Tournament
Christina M. Hixson Softball Park
March 29 Nevada (8-24, 1-5 WAC) vs. Sacramento State (8-21), 2 p.m.
March 29 Nevada (8-24, 1-5 WAC) vs. Sacramento State (8-21), 4 p.m.
March 30 Nevada (8-24, 1-5 WAC) vs. Utah (17-10-1), 2 p.m.
March 31 Nevada (8-24, 1-5 WAC) vs. St. Mary’s (15-18), 1 p.m.
March 31 Nevada (8-24, 1-5 WAC) vs. Utah (17-10-1), 3 p.m.
April 1 Nevada (8-24, 1-5 WAC) vs. St. Mary’s (15-18), 12:30 p.m.
The University of Nevada softball will play its first game at the Christina M. Hixson Softball Park this Thursday, hosting Sacramento State in a doubleheader on Thursday followed by the fourth annual Nevada Tournament. This week, the Pack will step out of conference play to face Sacramento State on Thursday in the longest series in Nevada program history at 60 games. Starting on Friday, Nevada will host the three-team Nevada Tournament featuring the University of Utah, St. Mary’s and host Nevada. Each team will play four games in the Tournament, with the Pack opening Tournament action versus Utah on Friday at 2 p.m.
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All of Nevada's home games this season can be viewed at the following link:
Nevada In The WAC Stats (as of 3/28):
As a team in overall games, the Pack is seventh in team batting average (.232), fifth in team ERA (4.19) and fifth in team fielding (.946%)...Individually, Brittany Puzey is third in doubles with nine...In individual batting average, Kym Silagyi ranks 12th (.341), ...Pitcher Katie Holverson is 11th with a 3.84 ERA and Jordan McPherson is 12th in ERA (3.97)...In WAC games, Nevada is fifth in batting average (.248), and fifth in both team ERA (6.52) and fielding (.963%)...Individually in conference games, Sam Bias is first in doubles (3), tied for second in homeruns (2) and is tied for second in total bases with 17.
Nevada vs Opponents:
Nevada is batting .232 to its opponents .320...The Pack has scored 93 runs while its opponents have recorded 169...Nevada has recorded 184 hits to its opponents 283...The Pack has a .289 on base percentage, while its opponents have a .386 on base percentage...Nevada has a .312 slugging percentage to its opponents .475...In the circle, the Nevada pitchers have a 4.19 ERA to its opponents 2.37...The Pack pitchers have struckout 124 batters while its opponents have recorded 184...Nevada’s pitchers have two saves to their opponents one.
News and Notes:
Over the weekend the Pack raised its team batting average from .224 to .232...Sam Bias (5 homeruns) is tied with Lindsey Hall (2003-06) for the most homeruns by a freshman...Tyler Schafer, Brittany Puzey, Sam Bias and Kelsey Starr have started all of Nevada’s 32 games this season....The Pack has four players, Kym Silagyi, Tyler Schafer, Brittany Puzey and Kristin Stith, who are batting at least .300 in WAC games.
Bias’ Bat Burns Bulldogs:
In Nevada’s three-game series with Fresno State, freshman Sam Bias hit .556 (5-of-9) with one double, two homeruns and four RBI. Bias hit both of her homeruns off Fresno State ace Robin Mackin who has only given up eight homeruns all season. Bias also became the first person this season to hit multiple homeruns off Mackin, the 2007 WAC Preseason Pitcher of the Year. With an 0-2 count, Bias hit a three-run homerun in the Pack’s run-rule win over the Bulldogs and hit a solo shot in Nevada’s loss in the second game of the doubleheader. In Nevada’s six conference games this season, Bias is leading the team in multiple categories including batting average (.471, 8-of-17), runs (5), doubles (3), homeruns (2) and RBI (4). She also has a 1.000 slugging percentage and a 1.000 fielding percentage on 20 total chances.
Multiple Hit And Multiple RBI Games:
Brittany Puzey and Tyler Schafer lead the team with seven multiple hit games apiece, followed by Kym Silagyi and Sam Bias who each have six. Puzey also leads the team in multiple RBI games, including a season high four vs. UIC. Bias is second in the multiple RBI category with four.
Silagyi Extends Streak:
Kym Silagyi extended her hit streak to 14 games over the weekend versus Fresno State, giving her the program’s all-time longest hit streak. Silagyi’s current streak started on March 3 versus Cal Poly and she has recorded 15 hits in 14 games. Her 14 games passed Brittany Lorenzen (2003-06), who recorded a 12-game hit streak in 2003, for the longest streak in program history. The second-longest streak of the 2007 season was 10 games recorded by Tyler Schafer from March 3 - 20.
Catcher Katie Stith recorded impressive numbers in the Pack’s three-game series with Fresno State. In the three games, Stith led the team in batting average (.571, 4-of-7) and recorded one RBI. She also recorded a 1.000 fielding percentage in 14 total chances. Overall this season, Stith has recorded nine hits and three RBI. Kristin Stith recorded her first career multiple RBI game of the season against Fresno State over the weekend and ended the weekend with a .375 (3-of-8) batting average. She recorded three RBI in the Pack’s 9-1 five-inning victory over Fresno State. During her career, Stith has recorded 13 multiple RBI games, six in both 2004 and 2005 and one this season.
With her stolen base against Fresno State in last weekend’s three-game home series, Kym Silagyi moved into a tie for second place in career stolen bases. Silagyi, who has reached safely on five of her seven stolen base attempts this season, has 10 and is tied with Cindy Elkins (2003-06) for second place all-time. Jiliane Hartfiel (2004-05) is the all-time steal leader with 24 stolen bases.
Last Time Out:
The Pack posted a 1-2 record versus Fresno State in Nevada’s home-opening series. The Bulldogs, who received votes in both of last week’s national softball polls, took the first game 10-0 in five innings. Nevada rebounded to take game two, 9-1 in five innings, but Fresno State won the final game of the series 7-1 to take the conference series over Nevada.
Scouting Nevada's Opponents -- Sac State & The Nevada Tournament:
The Sacramento State Hornets (Pacific Coast Softball):
All-Time Series: Sacramento State holds a 38-22 advantage in the all-time series. The Sac State/Nevada series is the longest series in program history, 60 games.
Last Meeting: Nevada won the most recent meeting between the two schools, sweeping the Hornets in a doubleheader on April 26, 2006. Nevada and Sacramento State met five times last season with the Pack posting a 3-2 record versus the Hornets.
A look at Sacramento State: The Hornets are 8-24 this season and are coming off a 1-3 weekend at the Pacific Tournament. Sacramento State is led offensively by Jamie Schloredt who has a .400 batting average (26-of-65), 12 RBI and a 1.000 fielding percentage on 115 total chances. Kayla Meeks has a.350 batting average (21-of-60) with 11 RBI. As a team the Hornets are batting .248. Meeks also has the lowest ERA on the team, 3.87, and is 4-8 in the circle this season in 17 appearances. She has thrown 92.1 innings and has recorded 49 strikeouts. Sacramento State is coached by Kathy Strahan who is in her 15th year.
The University of Utah Utes (Mountain West):
All-Time Series: Utah holds a 9-2 advantage in the all-time series.
Last Meeting: This season, the Utes posted a 10-6 win over the Pack on February 10 at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. Prior to that meeting, the last meeting between the two schools was in 1989.
A look at the University of Utah: The Utes are 17-10-1 this season. Last weekend in Fullerton, Calif., Utah posted a 0-3 mark in three games versus #12 Washington, CS Fullerton and Ohio. Diana Phillips leads the team with a .420 batting average (37-of-88) with four triples and 19 RBI. Hailey Davenport is second on the team with a .403 (31-of-77) batting average. She has also recorded 10 homeruns and 24 RBI. Pitcher Megan Dryer has a 1.47 ERA and is 12-6 in the circle with 23 appearances. She has pitched 100.1 innings and has recorded 166 strikeouts. The Utes are coached by Angie Jacobs who is in her first season with Utah.
The St. Mary’s Gaels (West Coast Conference):
All-Time Series: Nevada holds a 14-4 advantage in the overall series between the two schools.
Last Meeting: The last meeting between the Pack and the Gaels was in 2006 with Nevada posting a 6-3 win over St. Mary’s on April 1, 2006. Prior to last season, the two teams met four times during the 2004 season with Nevada winning all four meetings.
A look at St. Mary’s: The Gaels are 15-18 this season and are coming off of a doubleheader loss to Cal Poly on March 24. Offensively, the Gaels are led by Molly Bregenson who has a .427 batting average (41-of-96) and eight RBI. Megan Galloway leads the team in RBI with 16 and she is third on the team in batting average, .312 (29-of-93). In the circle, Megan Galloway has a team low 2.77 ERA in 65.2 innings pitched. St. Mary’s is coached by Jessica Hanaseth in her second year.
The New Home of Wolf Pack Softball:
Starting with the Sacramento State doubleheader on March 29, 2007, 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 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. 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.
The Pack will travel to Utah for five games starting with a non-conference doubleheader versus Utah Valley State on April 5 at 2 p.m. Nevada will then face Utah State in Logan for a three-game conference series. The Pack and the Aggies will play a single game on April 6 at 3 p.m. followed by a doubleheader on April 7 starting at 1 p.m. All times are MT.