No. 19/22 Nevada Softball To Host UNLV For Doubleheader
The Wolf Pack softball team is closing out the home portion of what has been one of the toughest schedules in school history this week. Through 49 games, Nevada is 35-14 with eight wins over five ranked opponents. That includes a historic 1-0 upset over then-No. 1 Arizona at the Kajikawa Classic hosted by Arizona State, a series win (2-of-3) at then-No. 10 Fresno State and last weekend’s historic sweep over then-No. 15 Hawai`i.
The Wolf Pack is coming off a sweep over Louisiana Tech and has won seven straight games heading into Wednesday’s non-conference games against UNLV. Nevada also has the regining Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week in Vanessa Briones and the Pitcher of the Week in Jordan McPherson.
Nevada returned the bulk of last year’s team that went 28-31 overall and came within a game of making it to its second-straight NCAA Tournament. Nevada brought back 15 letterwinners, all eight starters and its top two pitchers from last year’s team. Senior pitcher Jordan McPherson was named the Preseason Pitcher of the Year in the Western Athletic Conference this season. She was joined on the All-WAC Preseason Team by junior outfielder Brittany Puzey, who was an All-West Region selection in 2007. The Pack added four freshmen to the mix this year and the other newcomer is senior pitcher Richelle Villescas, a transfer from Temple. The Pack is coached by Michelle Gardner in her sixth year overall and at Nevada.
The University of Nevada continues the 2008 campaign with a non-conference series against in-state rival UNLV. The Wolf Pack and the Rebels will play the first game at 1 p.m. and the second game will start approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.
Live Stats of all three games will be available on the Internet at www.nevadawolfpack.com.
Tickets are $7 per day. Discounted tickets of $4 are available for children (12 and under) and seniors (65 and older).
UNLV enters the series with a 23-34-1 overall mark. The Rebels are 3-11 and in last place in the Mountain West Conference. UNLV has lost four straight coming into this week’s games.
The Rebels are batting .253 as a team with two starters hitting better than .300 on the year. Jaci Hull leads the team with a .320 batting average and is also the team’s primary power source with 13 home runs and 40 RBI on the season. Alyssia De La Torre is batting .312 with four homers and 18 RBI.
In the circle, UNLV’s primary starter has been Stephanie Bregante, who is 12-15 with a 3.15 earned-run average. Traci Odegard leads the team with a 3.13 ERA.
UNLV is coached by Lonni Alameda 155-152-1 in five years with the Rebels. She is assisted by Sara Pickering and Angel Santiago.
UNLV leads the all-time series between the teams 11-1.