#4 Nevada Opens the 2007 WAC Tournament versus #3 New Mexico State Wednesday Night in Fresno

May 9-12, 2007

Western Athletic Conference Tournament

Bulldog Diamond (3,288)

Fresno, Calif.


May 9: #4 Nevada (25-29, 9-9 WAC) vs.

#3 New Mexico State (30-25, 9-9 WAC), 8 p.m.


May 10-12: TBA


The University of Nevada softball team earned the number four seed in the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Tournament hosted by Fresno State, May 9-12, in Fresno, Calif.  The Pack, who is coming off a three-game conference sweep at La Tech, will take its four-game win streak into the double-elimination conference tournament.  Nevada will begin defending its 2006 WAC Tournament title on Wednesday night, facing the third-seeded New Mexico State Aggies at 8 p.m.  The winner of the conference tournament earns the WAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. 


Click on the link below for the 2007 WAC Tournament Central featuring a complete bracket and links the Game Trackers:


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Nevada in the WAC Stats (as of 5/6):

As a team in overall games, the Pack is fourth in team batting average (.277), fifth in team ERA (3.30) and sixth in team fielding (.948%)...Individually, Brittany Puzey is first in doubles with 18, third in RBI with 49, tied for third in homeruns with 12 and fifth in total bases with 106...Kym Silagyi is second in triples with three and tied for fourth in stolen bases with 13 on 15 attempts...In individual batting average, Tyler Schafer is 10th (.351), while Silagyi is 15th (.338)...Pitcher Jordan McPherson is fifth in ERA (2.79) while Katie Holverson is ninth with a 3.22 ERA...In conference games only, Nevada is third in batting average (.309), fourth in ERA (3.46) and sixth in fielding (.950 %)...In individual batting average in conference games Kelsey Starr is first with a .457 batting average, while Puzey is ninth with a .404 batting average...Tyler Schafer is 12th in conference batting average with a .377 average...Puzey is tied for first in doubles with five, tied for second in homeruns with six, is third in conference games with 18 RBI and is tied for third in total bases (44)...Sam Bias and Silagyi are also tied for first in conference games with five doubles each...Silagyi is tied for fourth with four stolen bases on five attempts...McPherson is fifth in ERA (2.32) while Holverson is 11th (3.73). 


Nevada vs Opponents:

Nevada is batting .278 to its opponents .280...The Pack has scored 210 runs while its opponents have recorded 227...Nevada has recorded 381 hits to its opponents

404...The Wolf Pack and its opponents have each recorded 67 doubles...Nevada has recorded 33 homeruns to its opponents 42...The Pack has a .338 on base percentage, while its opponents have a .340 on base percentage...Nevada has a .405 slugging percentage to its opponents .416...The Pack has recorded 191 RBI to its opponents 197...In the circle, the Nevada pitchers have a 3.30 ERA to their opponents 3.16...The Pack pitchers have struckout 237 batters while their opponents have recorded 268. 


News and Notes:

Nevada is 10-0 when they score at least seven runs a game...Nevada's sweep over La Tech was the Pack's first conference sweep of the season...Nevada outscored La Tech 12-2 in the three-game series...Nevada is on a four game win streak, its second longest of the season...Tyler Schafer (1.16) and Kym Silagyi (1.00) are each averaging at least one hit per game...Nevada has recorded nine shutout victories this season...This season, the Pack has had three players earn a total of four WAC Player of the Week honors, the most in a season since 2004 when Nevada also earned four WAC POW honors.    


Starr Earns WAC Hitter of the Week Honor:

Freshman Kelsey Starr earned her first career WAC Hitter of the Week honor on May 7.  Starr hit .700 (7-for-10) in the weekend sweep at La Tech including two multiple hit games.  She went 3-for-3 with one run and one RBI in game two and went 3-for-4 in the final game of the series.  Overall this season, Starr is fourth on the team in hits with 48 and is batting .324.  She is one of five starters batting over .300 this season. Starr ended the 2007 regular season leading the WAC in batting average in conference games with a .457 batting average.     


Holverson Closing in on Freshman Mark:

Katie Holverson recorded her 10th win of the season as she picked up two wins over the weekend at La Tech.  She struck out 10 batters against La Tech, giving her 96 strikeouts for the year.  The 96 strikeouts ties Holverson with Jordan McPherson for Nevada freshman record for most strikeouts by a freshman.  McPherson, a junior on this season's team, fanned 96 batters as a rookie in 2005. 


Puzey Putting Up Big Numbers:

Brittany Puzey continues to rewrite Nevada's single season record book.  Over the weekend at La Tech, Puzey, who entered the weekend with 96 total bases, now has 106 for the season which sets a single season mark, passing Jiliane Hartfiel who recorded 102 total bases during the 2004 season.  Puzey hit two doubles at La Tech which puts her in a tie with Hartfiel for most doubles in a season, 18.  Earlier this season Puzey, who has 12 homeruns and 49 RBI, set single-season records for homeruns and RBI, passing the nine homers Hartfiel recorded in 2005 and broke her own single-season record for RBI, passing the 39 she recorded in 2006. 


Long Ball:

Brittany Puzey and Katie Stith each recorded a homerun in Nevada's 7-0 win over La Tech on Saturday.  The homers were the Pack's 32nd and 33rd of the season and the 12th homerun for Puzey this season and the first for Stith.  Of the team's 33 homers this year, 14 have been hit at home while 19 have been on the road.  The Pack is 26-6 this season in games in which they have hit a homerun.    


Get the Broom:

Nevada's series sweep over La Tech was its first conference sweep of the season, including a doubleheader sweep on Saturday.  During the year, the Pack has also swept doubleheaders against Sacramento State, Utah Valley State and a doubleheader over St. Mary's and Utah in the Nevada Tournament.  During the Pack's four doubleheader sweeps this season, Nevada has outscored its opponents 46-15.


Wolf Pack Record Watch:

- Brittany Puzey (18 doubles) is one away from setting a new single-season record.  Currently, Puzey is tied with Jiliane Hartfiel (18 doubles, 2004) for the single-season double mark.


- Puzey who has been hit by a pitch a team-high eight times this season, is two behind Stephanie Grant (nine in 2003) for a single-season record.


- Kym Silagyi has recorded 13 stolen bases this season on 15 attempts.  She is two stolen bases away from setting a single-season record.  Jiliane Hartfiel currently holds the single-season mark with 14 stolen bases on 17 attempts in 2004.


 -Katie Holverson (96 strikeouts) is one strikeout away from setting a freshman record for most strikeouts in a season.  Junior Jordan McPherson recorded 96 strikeouts as a freshman during the 2005 season.


Last Time Out:

Nevada beat La Tech in a three-game conference series in Ruston, La.  Jordan McPherson earned one win in the circle while Katie Holverson picked up two.  Kelsey Starr led the team offensively hitting .700 (7-for-10) with one run and two RBI.  Brittany Puzey hit her 12th homerun of the season while Katie Stith recorded her first homerun of the season, and the third of her career, in game three. 


2006 WAC Tournament Recap:

Nevada won the 2006 WAC Tournament, beating Hawai`i in the three-game championship series.  The Pack, who entered the tournament as the #4 seed, became the lowest seed in WAC history to win the WAC Tournament.  Jordan McPherson pitched all 41.0 innings for Nevada in its six tournament games and she did not allow an earned run.  McPherson was named tournament MVP while Kym Silagyi and Brittany Lorenzen were also named to the all-tournament team.    


Scouting Nevada's Opponents -- A Look at the Field, 2007 WAC Trny:

#1 Seed: The Hawai`i Rainbow Wahine - #13 Nationally (WAC):

All-Time Series: Hawai`i holds a 14-9 advantage in the all-time series. 


Last Meeting: Hawai`i posted a 5-0 record over Nevada this season beating the Pack in two games at the Bank of Hawai`i Invitational and sweeping a three-game conference series against the Pack in March.          


A look at Hawai`i: Hawai`i ended the regular season 45-9 overall and 16-2 in the WAC.  The Rainbow Wahine, who won the regular season WAC title, is led by Tyleen Tausaga (.408 batting average, 50 RBI and 15 homeruns) and Clare Warwick (.389 batting average and 19 RBI).  As a team Hawai`i is batting .316 and has 79 homeruns.  In the circle, Kate Robinson has a 1.56 ERA and is 15-0 in 21 appearances.  She has thrown 116.1 innings with 91 strikeouts.    


#2 Seed: The Fresno State Bulldogs - #25 Nationally (WAC):

All-Time Series:  Fresno State leads the all-time series 21-5. 


Last Meeting: Nevada went 1-2 against Fresno State this season in Reno.  The Dogs beat the Pack in the first and third games of the series while Nevada won game two 9-1 in five innings.          


A look at Fresno StateThe Bulldogs ended the regular season 42-16 and 15-3 in the WAC.  Offensively, the Dogs are led by Haley Perkins (.378 batting average, 12-12 on stolen bases) and Kristin Sylvester (.367 batting average and a team-leading 47 RBI).  Fresno State is batting .304 as a team.  Pitcher Robin Mackin has a 1.37 ERA and is 31-9 in 48 appearances.  She has struck out 327 batters in 265.0 innings. 


#3 Seed: The New Mexico State Aggies: (WAC):

All-Time Series: The all-time series is tied at 5-5. 


Last Meeting: New Mexico State went 2-1 against the Pack this season in Reno.  The Aggies won the first two games of the series but Nevada rebounded to take the final games of the series 14-4 in five innings.        


A look at New Mexico State: The Aggies are 30-25 this season and 9-9 in the WAC.  Stephani Herrera (.379 batting average, .407 slugging percentage) and Ashley Roszkos (.359 batting average, 109 total bases and a team-leading 43 RBI) lead New Mexico State offensively.  In the circle, Kim Watson has a 2.82 ERA and is 18-14 in 38 appearances.  She has pitched 203.1 innings and has 197 strikeouts. 


#4 Seed: The University of Nevada Wolf Pack (WAC):

A look at Nevada: Nevada ended the regular-season 25-29 and 9-9 in the WAC.  Offensively, the Pack is led by Tyler Schafer (.351 batting average, 9-11 on stolen bases and 1.16 hits per game) and Kym Silagyi (.338 batting average, 19 RBI, 10 doubles, 13-15 on stolen bases and 1.00 hits per game).  In the circle, Jordan McPherson is 15-14 in 41 appearances for the Pack.  She has thrown 178.0 innings and has recorded 126 strikeouts.     


#5 Seed: The San Jose State Spartans (WAC):

All-Time Series: San Jose State leads the all-time series 17-12.   


Last Meeting: Nevada won the series against San Jose State 2-1 this season in RenoNevada posted 3-0 and 10-0 (5) wins over the Spartans.         


A look at San Jose StateThe Spartans ended the regular season 21-26 overall and 6-12 in the conference.  Liz Perez (16-19 stolen bases, 1.000 fielding percentage on 66 total chances) leads the team with a .373 batting average.  Brittany McConnell has a .289 batting average with 26 RBI and a .479 slugging percentage.  In the circle, Roxanne Bejarano has a 2.62 ERA in 37 appearances.  She is 14-16 this season and has thrown 184.2 innings with 151 strikeouts. 


#6 Seed: The University of Utah Aggies (WAC):

All-Time Series:  Nevada leads the all-time series 15-7. 


Last Meeting: Nevada won two out of three games against Utah State in Logan on April 6 and 7.  During the three-game conference series, the Pack outscored the Aggies 20-9.        


A look at Utah StateThe Aggies have two players, Jamie Fife (.339 batting average, 27 RBI and .573 slugging percentage) and Amy Schaible (.303 batting average, 26 RBI and 11 homeruns) who are batting above .300.  Pitcher Lindsey Bensen has a 3.42 ERA this year and is 8-12 in 27 appearances.  She has recorded 126 strikeouts in 143.1 innings. 


#7 Seed: The La Tech Lady Techsters (WAC):

All-Time Series:  Nevada leads the all-time series 13-4. 


Last Meeting:  Nevada swept La Tech in a three-game conference series on May 4-5 in Ruston, La.  During the three games, the Pack outscored the Lady Techsters 12-2.           


A look at La Tech: The Lady Techsters ended the regular season 21-36 and 3-15 in the WAC.  Offensively, La Tech is led by Emma Barnes (.348 batting average and 15 RBI) and Amberly Waits (.283 batting average and 25 RBI).  In the circle, Krissi Oliver has a 3.20 ERA and is 16-25 in 45 appearances.  She has thrown 249.2 innings and has recorded 130 strikeouts. 


Upcoming Schedule:

The winner of the 2007 WAC Tournament will earn the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.  The complete NCAA 64-team Tournament field, with automatic and at-large bids, will be announced live between 3 and 4 p.m. Eastern Time Sunday, May 13, on ESPNews.