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No. 25 Nevada is 33-14 on the season and riding a four-game winning streak into the final regular season series of the season ... The Wolf Pack is 13-4 in Western Athletic Conference play and leads second-place Fresno State by a half-game ... Nevada controls its own destiny in the race for the WAC regular season title. The Wolf Pack’s magic number is three ... Nevada closed out the 2009 Hixson Park schedule with a sweep over Utah State last weekend ... The Pack was 17-1 at home this season and is 38-5 all-time at Hixson Park ... The Wolf Pack is ranked No. 25 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 and is receiving votes in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 ... The Pack has been ranked or receiving votes each of the 2009 season ... Senior outfielder Brittany Puzey has reached base safely in 26 straight games and in 45 of Nevada’s 47 games this season ... Puzey recorded a school-record 20-game hitting streak earlier this season ... Junior pitcher Katie Holverson is 15-1 in her last 14 decisions and 20-1 in her last 21 WAC decisions (dating back to 2007) ... Entering this weekend, Nevada holds a half-game lead in WAC play and controls its own destiny for the regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the WAC Tournament ... The Pack is ranked in the top 50 nationally in seven offensive categories ... Individually, Nevada players are in the top 50 in six statistical categories ...
ABOUT THIS WEEKEND
Nevada has a chance to close out its second consecutive regular season WAC title if it sweeps San Jose State this weekend. Nevada enters the series 33-14 overall and 13-4 in the WAC. San Jose State is 18-33 andd 5-13 in WAC play.
Nevada’s first and only regular season WAC championship came last season and the Pack clinched the title at San Jose State.
The regular-season championship also comes with the coveted first-round bye in next-week’s WAC Tournament in Fresno, Calif. Of the eight softball-playing WAC schools, only the top seven advance to the tournament. The regular season champion receives a first-round bye and will play the winner of the first-round game between the No. 6 and No. 7 seeds. The No. 2 seed will play the No. 5 seed and the No. 3 seed will play the No. 4 seed in the double-elimination format tournament.
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 SAN JOSE STATE
The Spartans come into this series 18-33 overall and 5-13 in the WAC after dropping all three games of a series at Louisiana Tech last weekend.
Offensively, Mallory Blair (.341) and Nicole Wells (.327) leads the Spartans in batting as they have a team average of .249 on the season.
In the circle, San Jose State has primarly used a trio of hurlers. Amanda Pridmore leads the team in wins (8-10) and earned-run average (2.80). The other two pitchers are Deanna Mauer (6-7, 4.68) and Elyssa Fox (4-15, 4.85).
San Jose State is coached by Peter Turner, who is 67-86 in his third year at the school. The all-time series between the teams is tied at 17. Nevada swept last year’s season series in San Jose, Calif., and also beat the Spartans in the first round of the WAC Tournament.