Nevada Plays Host To No. 14 Hawai`i
April 19, 2012
After splitting a doubleheader at UTEP and winning a series at New Mexico State to go 3-2 on the week, the Nevada softball team will return home to Hixson Park to play host to No. 14 Hawai`i in a three-game set that begins on Friday. The teams will play a solo game at 3 p.m. Friday with a doubleheader slated for Saturday with first pitch at 1 p.m.
Hawaii, which is ranked in both major national polls, is 35-4 overall and 9-2 in Western Athletic Conference play. Nevada has already exceeded last year's win totals, both overall and in WAC play, and enters this weekend 16-28 overall and 6-6 in the WAC.
There is no radio broadcast scheduled for this weekend's series but live video streaming is available at NevadaWolfPack.com
PARSONS LEADS WAC IN DOUBLES
Entering this weekend's series against New Mexico State, Nevada sophomore Sara Parsons leads the Western Athletic Conference in doubles with 13 on the year. With .33 doubles per game, Parsons is 25th in the nation in that category.
With 14 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.
MORE IN THE WAC STATS
Nevada has four of the top 10 longest active hitting streaks in the conference with Emily Seidel at six and Lauren Lastrapes, Sam Puzey and Sara Parsons at 4 ... Karley Hopkins had a 12-game hitting streak snapped earlier this year but that is still the second-longest streak in the WAC this year ... Karley Hopkins leads the WAC in assists (111) and plate appearances (170), ranks second in at bats (150) and fourth in hits (48) ... Parsons leads the WAC in doubles (14) and doubles per game (0.32) ... Chelsea Barilli leads the WAC in sacrifice bunts (6), ranks fourth in stolen bases (8) and tied for fourth in triples (2) ... Nevada has two of the top hitters in the league in terms of hits in Hopkins and Lastrapes (46) ... Nevada leads the league in fewest walks allowed on the year with just 67 ... Nevada is tied for the league lead in catching would-be base stealers with 12.
In WAC-only games, Barilli leads the league in stolen bases with five and Parsons is one back with four ... Karlyn Jones is third in the league in ERA at 1.52 ... Nevada is second in hitting at .275 ... Nevada leads the league with 86 hits and is tied with three triples ... The Pack is second in total bases with 130 ... Nevada also leads the conference in: stolen bases (12) and putouts (237).
NEVADA IN THE NCAA STATS
Nevada enters this week ranked n the top 50 in one NCAA category as a team and several more from the Wolf Pack individuals. Nevada is 43rd (second in the WAC) in triples per game at .23.
Individually, Sara Parsons is 29th in doubles per game at .32. Karlyn Jones is 21st in the country in saves with three. Mallary Darby ranks 29th in walks allowed per nine innings wih 1.32 and Jones's rate is even better but the sophomore does not have enough innings to qualify.
Megan Fincher is the highest ranked Wolf Pack player in the NCAA as the junior is fourth in sacrifice flies with four.
SEIDEL STEPS IN
Nevada has had some issues filling the hole left at third base when Erin Jones, a returning All-WAC performer, was lost for the year on the eve of the season due to injury. But the plug has come in the form of freshman Emily Seidel, who was expected to see more time in the circle this year instead of at the plate and in the field.
Seidel has played in 14 games with 11 starts this year and is batting .346 with two doubles, a triple and a home run. She has a .615 slugging percentage and has committed just two errors in the field. In WAC play, Seidel leads Nevada with a .368 average.
Seidel enters this week with a six-game hitting streak, which is the longest on the team and tied for second overall amongst active streaks in the WAC.
Mallary Darby is third at Nevada in virtually every pitching category in the Wolf Pack record books. And the senior from Spanish Spring is also near the top of several active career leaders lists within the Western Athletic Conference.
Entering this week, Darby is fifth in career wins with 41. She is second in career complete games with 58 and second in innings pitched with 626.2 (trailing in both only Stephanie Rickets from Hawaii , this week's opponent). Darby is also third in career strikeouts with 525.
DID YOU KNOW?
After starting the season 1-4, Karlyn Jones has won her last six decisions and is now 7-4 on the year with a team-best 3.32 earned-run average.
ON THE AIR
All Nevada home games will have video streaming available at NevadaWolfPack.com.
The next radio broadcast for the Wolf Pack softball team will be the last series of the year as the Friday game on May 4 between Nevada and BYU will be carried live in Northern Nevada on ESPN Radio 1450 AM. The May 5 doubleheader was previously scheduled for broadcast but due to conflicts with other programming, those games will not be carried.
All postseason games will be broadcast on radio and online at NevadaWolfPack.com.
All of Nevada's games will feature GameTracker coverage on NevadaWolfPack.com. Additionally, fans can get updates and more information by following @NevSoftball on Twitter.
RECAP - Nevada Takes Series at NMSU
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Nevada won the first two games of a set at New Mexico State and though the Wolf Pack fell in the third game, Nevada won the series from the Aggies for the second time in three years.
In the first game on Friday, Nevada got three home runs and a gutsy effort from Mallary Darby in the circle as the Wolf Pack took a 7-6 win.
Nevada got a solo home run from Lauren Lastrapes and two-run-homers from Emily Seidel and Megan Fincher as part of a 10-hit attack against New Mexico State. Darby went the distance in a gutsy effort, giving up six runs on seven hits with four walks and eight strikeouts.
In the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, Nevada was trailing 5-0 in the third inning but put a six-run rally together and would eventually go on to an 8-7 win. Nevada dropped the nightcap of the doubleheader 12-4 but took the series victory to improve to 16-28 overall and 6-6 in WAC play. The defending WAC champion Aggies fell to 20-24 and 1-11 in league play. The doubleheader was played in miserable conditions - sustained wins around 35 mph with gusts over 60 mph.
In the first game of the day, The Aggies scored five times off Nevada starter Bailey Brewer in the first two innings before the Wolf Pack got the bats going. Nevada loaded the bases on singles by Chelsea Barilli, Karley Hopkins and Caylin Campbell and later got an RBI single from Sara Parsons, a bases-loaded walk by Sam Puzey and an RBI single by Chelsea Venable before a two-run double by Emily Seidel tied the game at 5. Barilli then gave Nevada the lead with an RBI single, her second hit of the inning.
But the Aggies chased Brewer in the bottom of the third with two runs. Karlyn Jones came on in relief and stabilized the game for Nevada.
Trailing 7-6 in the fifth, Puzey homered to center to tie the game. In the sixth, Barilli doubled and with one out, Campbell doubled her in for what would prove to be the game-winning run.
Jones was brilliant in relief. She tossed five shutout innings, scattering six hits with five strikeouts and no walks. She improved to 7-4 on the year and won her sixth straight decision after starting 1-4. In WAC play, Jones is 4-0 with a 1.52 ERA.
In game two, Nevada jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI double by Lauren Lastrapes. The Wolf Pack made it 2-0 when Puzey crushed her second home run of the day, a no-doubter to left.
But things began to unravel in the bottom of the second as the Aggies took a 4-2 lead. They added one more in the third and two in the fifth to make it 7-2.
Nevada mounted a small comeback in the sixth, scoring twice - a single by Puzey and a Venable groundout - before bringing the tying run to the plate after singles by Seidel and Barilli. But Hopkins grounded out and the Aggies would score five times in the bottom of the inning to end it.
BUTERA NAMED WAC HITTER OF THE WEEK (March 5)
DENVER - Nevada's Ashley Butera and Hawai`i's Stephanie Ricketts have been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for Feb. 27-March 4. This is the first-ever honor for Butera and the second of the season and ninth overall for Ricketts.
Butera, a freshman catcher player from Saugus, Calif. (Saugus HS), hit .533 (8-for-15) with a triple and four home runs in five games for the Wolf Pack at the San Diego Classic last weekend. Butera recorded 22 total bases as she had an on-base percentage of .563 and a slugging percentage of 1.467. She drove in seven runs and scored four. Butera started behind the plate all five games and played errorless ball at catcher. In Nevada's win over San Diego State, she started the Wolf Pack comeback with a solo home run in the fourth inning.
PACK PICKED FIFTH
Nevada was picked to finish fifth in its final season in the Western Athletic Conference in the preseason poll, which was voted on by the coaches. Fresno State took the top spot in the preseason poll with 44 points and three first-place votes. Hawai`i came in second, picking up two first-place votes and 42 points, followed by New Mexico State in third place with 37 points and two first-place votes. Brigham Young received the other first-place vote and came in fourth place with 35 points. Nevada was picked to finish fifth with 20 points, followed by San Jose State and Louisiana Tech tied for sixth with 17 points apiece. Utah State rounded out the poll in eighth place with 12 points.
Nevada was dealt a blow on the eve of the season when junior third baseman Erin Jones suffered a knee injury in practice. Jones is expected to miss the entire season. The junior was Nevada's lone representative on the Preseason All-WAC team after she earned second-team honors in 2011 by batting .362 with five home runs and 21 in her first season with the Pack after transferring from Sacramento State.