Softball's 2007 Season Highlighted by its Second Consecutive WAC Tournament Finals Appearance

2007 University of Nevada Softball
Overall: 28-31
WAC Regular Season: 9-9 (4th)
WAC Tournament Finish: 3-2 (2nd)

- WAC Tournament Finalists
- Fifth Consecutive 20-Win Season
- Four All-WAC Selections   
- Four WAC Players of the Week  
- Three WAC All-Tournament Honorees
- Two Victories Over Top-25 Schools
- One All-West Region Selection
                                                     - One All-America Candidate

The University of Nevada softball team (28-31, 9-9 WAC) ended the 2007 season winning seven of its final nine games and making its second consecutive appearance in the final series of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament. 

After falling in its first game to New Mexico State at the WAC Tournament, Nevada won three straight in the consolation bracket to advance to the final series against Fresno State. The Pack ended the WAC Tournament with a 3-2 record.  As a team, the Pack finished the tournament with the second lowest ERA (1.60) while Jordan McPherson was first in innings pitched (30) and second in strikeouts (20).  Brittany Puzey ended the tournament tied for third in total bases with seven.

During the 2007 season, Nevada posted its fifth consecutive 20-win season, downed two top-25 schools and set several individual and team records.  Nevada will lose just two seniors from this year’s team that posted the third most wins in program history, pitcher Tiffany Hoeft-Bass and outfielder Amanda Wise.

2007 Nevada Softball Highlights:

-Sophomore Brittany Puzey set program records for RBI in a season (52) and home runs in a season (13).  She broke her own single-season mark for RBI in a season, passing the 39 RBI she recorded in 2006 and she broke Jiliane Hartfiel's (2004-05) single-season homerun record of nine set in 2005.  She also set single-season program marks for slugging percentage (.665, 170 at-bats), total bases (113) and she tied the single-season record for doubles with 18.  She became the first player in softball history to be named to an All-West Region team as she garnered second-team honors in 2007, and is now an All-America candidate.     

-From March 29 to April 7, Nevada won 10 straight games, setting a program record for most consecutive wins in a season, passing the previous program high of nine wins set during the 2004 season.  During this year's span the team hit .378 and outscored its opponents 65-18.  Nevada recorded 104 hits to its opponents 54.  Nevada hit 20 doubles, two triples, 59 RBI and recorded a .596 slugging percentage and a .961 fielding percentage. In the circle, the Pack pitchers recorded a 1.46 ERA in 67.0 innings pitched with 51 strikeouts and eight complete games.

-This season, Nevada won four WAC Player of the Week Honors.  Pitcher Jordan McPherson was named WAC Pitcher of the Week twice, while outfielder Sarah Hunt earned her first career WAC Hitter of the Week honor in April.  Third baseman Kelsey Starr also earned her first career WAC Hitter of the Week honor on May 7.

-Jordan McPherson threw the first no-hitter in program history in a 10-0 five-inning win over San Jose State.  McPherson walked the first batter of the game before retiring 15 straight.  The 16 batters McPherson faced recorded eight groundouts, five flyouts, two strikeouts and one walk.  McPherson, who ended this season 17-16, has recorded at least a .500 record every year in the circle.  She also threw one complete-game one-hitter this season in Nevada’s 2-0 win at La Tech.     

-Freshman pitcher Katie Holverson threw her first career one-hitter in Nevada's 12-0 five-inning win over Penn State.  She allowed one walk and struckout one.   

-Nevada recorded the biggest upset in program history on March 16, posting a 3-2 win over #10 Baylor at the Bank of Hawai`i Invitational.  The win over the #10 Bears was the highest ranked opponent the Pack has ever beaten.   On May 11, Nevada recorded its second win over a top-25 school this season, beating #12 Hawai`i 3-1 in eight innings to eliminate the top-seeded Rainbows from the 2007 WAC Tournament.  The win over Hawai`i allowed Nevada to advance to the final series of the 2007 WAC Tournament in Fresno, Calif.  With two wins over top-25 teams this season, Nevada has now recorded five victories over nationally-ranked teams.  Nevada also beat #16 Fresno State in 2004 and twice beat the #23 Bulldogs in 2006. 

-Nevada's win over San Jose State was the Pack's 20th win of the season, marking the fifth consecutive season Nevada has won at least 20 games.

-Brittany Puzey recorded her second career grand slam in Nevada’s 14-4 (5) win over New Mexico State on April 21.  Puzey is one of just two current Pack players (along with Sarah Hunt) who have recorded a grand slam.  Puzey recorded her first career grand slam in a 10-0 (5) win over UC Riverside on Feb., 25, 2006.  

2007 Nevada Awards and Honors
Bank of Hawai`i Inv. All-Tournament Team: Kelsey Starr, March 17
WAC Pitcher of the Week: Jordan McPherson, April 2 and April 16
WAC Hitter of the Week: Sarah Hunt, April 16 & Kelsey Starr May 7
All-WAC First Team: Brittany Puzey
All-WAC Second Team: Michelle Beach, Sarah Hunt & Kym Silagyi
WAC All-Tournament Team: Sam Bias, Jordan McPherson & Brittany Puzey
All-West Region Second Team: Brittany Puzey
All-America Candidate: Brittany Puzey

-As a team, Nevada set a program mark this season for stolen bases.  The Wolf Pack reached safely on 54 of its 73 attempts.  Sophomore Kym Silagyi ended the season 14 for 16 on stolen bases while Tyler Schafer reached safely on 10 of her 12 stolen base attempts. 

-Sam Bias set a Nevada softball record for most homeruns by a freshman.  She hit nine homers this year passing Lindsay Hall (2003-06) who hit five during her rookie season in 2003. 

- Kym Silagyi recorded 14 stolen bases this season on 16 attempts which puts her in a tie for first with Jiliane Hartfiel in the single-season record book.  Hartfiel recorded 14 stolen bases on 17 attempts in 2004.

-Brittany Puzey and Katie Stith each recorded a homerun during the WAC Tournament, both of which drove-in game-winning runs.   The homers were the Pack's 34th and 35th of the season and the 13th homerun for Puzey this season and the second for Stith.  Of the team's 35 homers this year, 14 have been hit at home while 21 have been on the road.  The Pack is 28-6 this season in games in which they have hit a homerun.

-As a team, Nevada set single-season records for batting average .270 (402-for-1491), passing the .267 (367-for-1376) average the Pack recorded as a team in 2005.  Nevada tied its single-season record with nine shutouts this season.   

 -Katie Holverson (101 strikeouts) set a freshman record for most strikeouts in a season and became the first rookie pitcher in Nevada softball history to record at least 100 strikeouts.  Holverson broke junior Jordan McPherson’s record of 96 strikeouts McPherson recorded as a freshman during the 2005 season. 

-Freshman Amanda Nims became the first player in Nevada softball history to record an RBI during her first collegiate at-bat with the Pack, as she drove in one run in Nevada’s 3-0 victory over Northern Colorado on Feb. 16.

- For the fourth consecutive season, Nevada ended its home season with a winning record.  The Pack finished its 2007 home schedule 11-6, which also marks the fourth consecutive season Nevada has won at least 10 home games.  Nevada’s 17 home games this season are the fewest number of home games the Pack has played in a season, equaling the number of home games the Pack played in 2006.  In 2004, Nevada played a program-high 22 home games, posting a 14-8 record.

Christina M. Hixson Softball Park Firsts:
First Game: March 29, 2007
First Opponent: Sacramento State
First Win: March 29, 2007 vs. Sacramento State, 3-2
First Home Run: Brittany Puzey, vs. Sacramento State, March 29, 2007
First No-Hitter: Jordan McPherson, vs. SJSU, April 15, 2007
First Grand Slam: Brittany Puzey, vs. NMSU, April 21, 2007
Win Percentage: .714 (10-4, one year)

-Nevada tied its program high, having four players named to the All-WAC team.  Brittany Puzey was named to the first team and was the first Pack player to be named to the first team since the 2005 season.  Kym Silagyi, Michelle Beach and Sarah Hunt were all named to this year’s second team.   Jordan McPherson, Sam Bias and Puzey were also named to the WAC All-Tournament team, equaling the number of Pack players named to the All-Tournament team in 2006.     

-As a team, Nevada recorded 107 extra base hits this season, 67 doubles, five triples and 35 homeruns.  Brittany Puzey finished the season leading the team in doubles with 18, followed by Sam Bias with 13.  Kym Silagyi led the team with three triples, while Bias has two.  Puzey ended the season with a team-leading 13 homeruns while Bias finished with nine.  The most extra base hits Nevada recorded in a season was 134 as the Pack recorded 90 doubles, seven triples and 37 homeruns during the 2006 season. 

- Five starters ended the season batting at least .300: Tyler Schafer (.341); Kym Silagyi (.331); Brittany Puzey (.329); Kelsey Starr (.316) and Sam Bias (.305).  Puzey and Bias were the only two players to start every game for Nevada this year.

- Katie Holverson (11-14) became the third freshman pitcher to record at least 10 wins in a first season with the Pack.  Tiffany Hoeft-Bass (2004-07) went 14-9 as a freshman in 2004, while junior Jordan McPherson recorded an 11-14 record as a rookie in 2005.  

-Tyler Schafer, who ended the season with a career-high 63 hits, averaged 1.13 hits per game. 

-The Pack played 21 games against 13 nationally- ranked schools in 2007 and posted two wins versus #10 Baylor, 3-2 and #12 Hawai`i 3-1 (8). 

-Kym Silagyi set a program-record for longest hit streak, recording a 15 game hit streak from March 3 - 29, recording 16 hits in 15 games.  Tyler Schafer and Sam Bias each recorded a 13 game hit streak during the season. 

Longest Hit Steaks By Year
2007: 15 games, Kym Silagyi
2006: 8 games, Brittany Lorenzen
2005: 8 games, Candice Rainwater and Amanda Wise
2004: 9 games, Stacy Mueller
2003: 12 games, Brittany Lorenzen

News and Notes:
Nevada went 10-0 in games they scored at least seven runs in...Overall, Nevada has an 8-3 record in the WAC Tournament...The Pack is the only team to play in the final series of the WAC Tournament each year since the tournament was reinstated in 2006...During the regular and post-season Nevada beat every team in the conference at least once...Nevada did not allow a homerun in its five games at the WAC Tournament. 

Multiple Hit and Multiple RBI Games:
Sam Bias ended the season with a team-leading 16 multiple hit games followed by Brittany Puzey and Tyler Schafer who each recorded 14.  Kym Silagyi and Kelsey Starr were the other two Pack players to record double-digit multiple-hit games as they each recorded 13.  Puzey led the team with 16 multiple RBI games while Bias was second with 10. 

Nevada vs Opponents:
Nevada ended the season batting .270 to its opponents .277...The Pack scored 221 runs while its opponents recorded 240...Nevada recorded 402 hits to its opponents 438...The Wolf Pack recorded 67 doubles to its opponents 71...Nevada recorded 35 homeruns to its opponents 42...The Pack finished the year with a .329 on base percentage, while its opponents finished with a .339 on base percentage...Nevada ended the year with a .392 slugging percentage to its opponents .404...The Pack recorded 200 RBI to its opponents 207...In the circle, the Nevada pitchers ended the season with a 3.13 ERA to their opponents 2.99...The Pack pitchers struckout 262 batters while their opponents have recorded 283. 

Nevada in the WAC Stats (Final):
Brittany Puzey ended the season tied for first in the conference with 16 multiple RBI games, while Sam Bias was tied for 10th with 10...Puzey finished the year first in the conference in doubles (18), second in the conference in RBI (52), third in the conference in homeruns with 13 and fourth in the conference in total bases with 113...Tyler Schafer finished the year 12th in batting average (.341) while Puzey finished 15th (.329)...Kym Silagyi ended the year fourth in stolen bases (14-16)...Jordan McPherson finished the season fifth in ERA (2.62) and fifth in strikeouts with 146 in 208.0 innings pitched...Katie Holverson finished ninth in ERA (3.11).