Nevada Returns Home To Host SJSU
April 5, 2012
With a .500 record in conference play so far, the Nevada softball team returns home to play host to the San Jose State Spartans in a three-game series at Hixson Park this weekend.
The Wolf Pack and the Spartans will play a single game Friday at 3 p.m. with a soubleheader slated for Saturday at 1 p.m.
ALl three games will be broadcast on radio in Northern Nevada with the pre-game show beginning 15 minutes before first pitch. The broadcast can be heard on ESPN Radio 1450 AM.
EASTER EGG HUNT SATURDAY
Come out to Wolf Pack Softball on Saturday (April 7th) when the Pack takes on San Jose State AN Easter Egg Hunt for children is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Prices are $8 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. Pup Club members always get in for free.
RECAP - Nevada Splits With Weber State
LOGAN, Utah -- The University of Nevada softball team won a Western Athletic Conference series last weekend at Utah State. The Wolf Pack took a doubleheader sweep on Friday, winning game one 8-7 in nine innings and game two 3-1.
With Nevada trailing 7-6 going into the seventh inning of game one, Lauren Lastrapes homered to right-center field on an 0-2 pitch to tie the game. She was 1-5 with two RBI in game one.
The Pack banged out 11 hits, coming from behind to level its WAC record at 2-2. Caylin Campbell was 3-5 with an RBI. Chelsea Venable was 2-2 with a triple, a home run and an RBI. Karlyn Jones won in relief to go to 4-4 on the year.
In game two, the Pack scored once in the fourth and twice in the second to complete the sweep. Bailey Brewer gave Nevada a strong start for the second consecutive day, going 5.2 innings and giving up only one earned run. She struck out two Aggie hitters and issued one walk to go to 2-5 on the season.
Jones came in in the sixth and pitched 1.1 scoreless innings to record her third save of the season.
In the third game of the series, Nevada came up short in its quest for a sweep, falling 4-0 to the Aggies on Saturday.
The Wolf Pack had three hits off Utah State starter Mandy Harmon and loaded the bases with one out in the fifth.
With the count full, Caylin Campbell lined a pitch at Aggies third baseman Tatem Day. She caught the ball at her feet and tagged Emily Seidel at third for the last out of the inning.
Karley Hopkins, Sara Parsons and Seidel had a hit apiece for the Pack in Saturday's game. Parsons doubled in the fourth and was thrown out trying to advance to third on the play.
Bailey Brewer went four innings in a loss to fall to 2-6. She gave up five hits, two earned runs and struck out two. Harmon went seven innings and struck out five with four walks to improve to 5-11.
PARSONS LEADS WAC IN DOUBLES
Entering this weekend's series against San Jose State, Nevada sophomore Sara Parsons leads the Western Athletic Conference in doubles with 12 on the year. With .33 doubles per game, Parsons is 25th in the nation in that category.
With 19 regular season games remaining plus the potential of postseason play, Parsons has a chance to break Nevada's single-season record for doubles. The record is 18 and is held by three players: Jiliane Hartfiel (2004), Brittany Puzey (2007) and Noelle Micka (2008).
In 20 at-bats as a freshman, Parsons did not have a double.
Nevada's fielding percentage is six points higher this year and the Wolf Pack has improved defensively around the field.
The move of Karley Hopkins to shortstop has paid immediate dividends as Hopkins leads the WAC with 95 assists (which leads the WAC) and has only made four errors on the season.
The insertion of Ashley Butera behind the plate has also helped. Butera is tied for the WAC lead with nine would-be basestealers thrown out. As a team, Nevada has just five passed balls this year after 19 in 2011.
Entering this weekend's series against San Jose State, Nevada leads the WAC in fielding percentage in conference games. In six WAC games, Nevada has committed a league-low four errors and boasts a fielding percentage of .979.
HOME SWEET HOME
After playing its first 20 games on the road, Nevada has played its 11 straight games at home at Hixson Park before last week's trip to the Beehive State.
Nevada's bats enjoyed the home stretch. The Wolf Pack entered it first home game in the first week of March with a team batting average of .248. After eight games at home, Nevada has seen its average rise to .264 on the year as the Pack has hit .395 as a team at home. Nevada has 27 extra-base hits in 11 home games.
Karley Hopkins (.447) and Lauren Lastrapes (.368) have especially enjoyed the friendly confines and are two of five Nevada players who are hitting better than .300 at home.