May 7, 2014
What's on tap this week:
Thursday, May 8: Fresno State at Nevada, 4 p.m., Hixson Park
Friday, May 9: Fresno State at Nevada 4 p.m., Hixson Park
Saturday, May 10: Fresno State at Nevada, 12 p.m., Hixson Park
All games will be available at www.NevadaWolfPack.TV as part of the Mountain West Network. University of Nevada student Al King will have the play-by-play
coverage on the broadcast.
Live play-by-play available online at: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/w-softbl/sched/unv-w-softbl-sched.html
Record: 25-24 (Mountain West: 7-14)
Head coach: Matt Meuchel (sixth season)
At Nevada: 146-164
ABOUT FRESNO STATE
Record: 30-19 (Mountain West: 14-7)
Head coach: Trisha Ford (Second season)
Nevada looks to close the 2014 season on a hot streak and spoil Fresno State's chances at a Mountain West championship. The Bulldogs enter the series in a tie for first with Boise State in the conference standings. The Wolf Pack has won three in a row and can post an overall winning record with two victories this weekend. On Saturday the Pack will honor its six seniors (Caylin Campbell, Ariel Craig, Erin Jones, Karlyn Jones, Sydney Jones, Sara Parsons) prior to the start of the regular season finale.
LAST TIME OUT
LOGAN, Utah - Strong work in the circle was the theme of the weekend for the Nevada softball team and Sunday was no different as the Pack defeated Mountain West foe Utah State 3-0 to complete the weekend sweep.
As had been the case all weekend long, the Wolf Pack struck first in the ballgame, scoring a run in the top of the first. Megan Sweet skied an opposite field, solo home run to left to give the Pack an early 1-0 lead, her fifth long ball of the season.
The Aggies threatened with offense of their own in the bottom of the first, placing two runners in scoring position with just one out. Back-to-back strikeouts issued by Nevada starter Karlyn Jones, however, halted the USU threat.
Aside from the first two Aggie base runners, Jones was cruising through the beginning of the game. The first seven outs recorded for Utah State were all strikeouts thrown by Jones.
Nevada added a few insurance runs in the top of the fifth thanks to another long ball hit by Sweet. Sara Parsons reached with one out on a sharp ground ball single through the left side. With Parsons on base, Sweet hit an identical home run to the one she hit in the first inning, putting the Pack ahead 3-0. It marked Sweet's second career multi-home run game.
With a strikeout of the last Aggie batter of the game, Jones set a new career-high in strikeouts during her time at Nevada, fanning 11 hitters on the day. Jones' career-best in K's is 12 that she tossed during her freshman season at Pittsburgh. She improved to 8-9 on the year and gave up just four hits. For the weekend, Jones struck out 19 and did not issue a single walk.
The three-game sweep of the Aggies is the first sweep for the Wolf Pack since the New Mexico series in late March. Today's game also marked the first shutout for Nevada since game two of the series with the Lobos.
Shortstop Megan Sweet will close out a fantastic sophomore season this weekend, looking to add more record breaking accolades to her résumé. Already this year Sweet has set new Nevada single-season records in doubles and runs scored. With 21 doubles heading into the weekend, Sweet is tied for the Mountain West single-season record and can stand alone at the top with just one more two-bagger. Nearing the conclusion of her second year, Sweet has doubled 35 times and is over halfway to the Mountain West career record of 64.
KARYLN JONES RECEIVES WEEKLY HONORS
Senior Karlyn Jones is this week's Mountain West Pitcher of the Week and received recognition from College Sports Madness as the MW Player of the Week.
Jones turned in two masterful pitching performances during a weekend sweep at Utah State. Getting the start in game one, Jones threw all seven innings and surrendered just one earned run, helping the Wolf Pack earn a 7-1 victory. She tossed eight strikeouts in the game, tying what was her season-high at the time.
Jones produced an even more impressive outing on Sunday, tossing a four-hit, complete game shutout of the Aggies. She fanned a Nevada career-high 11 batters and recorded the first seven USU outs as strikeouts. For the weekend, Jones threw 14.0 innings of work, compiled a 0.50 ERA and racked up 19 K's, while not issuing a single walk.