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Nevada is 29-12 on the season after sweeping Boise State in Boise, Idaho last weekend ... The Wolf Pack is ranked No. 25 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 this week ... The Wolf Pack is receiving votes in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 ... Senior Brittany Puzey is riding a 20-game hitting streak, which is believed to be the second-longest in the country this season ... Junior Katie Holverson has won 12 straight games overall and 17 straight games against WAC foes ... Freshman pitcher Mallary Darby is coming off her first career no-hitter and the third no-no in Nevada history ... Entering play this week, Nevada leads the Western Athletic Conference standings with a 9-2 mark in league play, a game and a half clear of this week’s opponent, Fresno State ... This series represents the end of a seven-game road trip for the Pack as Nevada will return home to face Utah State at Hixson Park next weekend ... The Pack is ranked in the top 40 nationally in seven offensive categories, including 10th in batting average (.324) ... Individually, Nevada players are in the top 50 in nine statistical categories ... 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
This series features the conference leading Wolf Pack and the preseason pick, by the league’s coaches, to win the conference title, Fresno State. Nevada enters the series 29-12 overall and 9-2 in league play and the Wolf Pack has a 1.5 game lead over the Bulldogs (26-17, 8-4 WAC).
Friday’s game is set for a 6 p.m. first pitch and will be carried live on ESPN Radio 630 AM.
Saturday’s doubleheader will begin at 1 p.m. and will be carried live on 1450 AM the home of Wolf Pack Softball in 2009. The final regular season series of the year versus Utah State and at San Jose State will not be broadcast but the entire postseason, including the WAC Tournament and NCAA Regionals, will be carried.
All three games will also be available via Live Stats on www.nevadawolfpack.com. Choose the “Multimedia” link on the left side of the page and then click “Live Stats.” An icon will appear near game time of each contest.
SCOUTING FRESNO STATE
The Bulldogs come into this series second in the WAC with an 8-4 league record to go along with a 26-17 overall record this season. Fresno State was picked by the league’s coaches to win the WAC regular season title and sophomore Morgan Melloh was tabbed as the league’s Preseason Pitcher of the Year.
Entering this season, Melloh has been a workhorse, throwing 231.2 innings, 60 innings more than any other pitcher in the WAC. She enters this series with a 20-13 overall record and a 1.45 ERA.
Offensively, Fresno State is led by Haley Perkins and her .310 batting average. The power comes from Caitlin Stiglich (5 HRs, 29 RBI) and Michelle Moses (6 HRs, 21 RBI). The Bulldogs enter this series with a team batting average of .214.
The Bulldogs, which are unranked but receiving votes in both major polls, are coached by Margie Wright, who is in her 30th season overall and 24th season at the school.