Wolf Pack Sweeps #16 Hawai'i

By: NEVADA
By: NEVADA

The Nevada softball team outslugged No. 16 Hawaii 13-10 on Sunday at Christina M. Hixson Park, giving the Wolf Pack its fifth straight win and making Michelle Gardner the winningest coach in school history.

Nevada improved to 32-14 overall and moved its WAC-best record to 10-2 on the season. Hawaii fell to 31-14 and 7-4 in the WAC.

Nevada coach Michelle Gardner notched her 175th career win and improved to 175-172 in six years at Nevada. She passes Pat Hixson who won 174 games from 1980 to 1989.

"That is a nice accolade but the most important thing is that we got the sweep over Hawaii," Gardner said. "Our girls never backed down this weekend and I am proud of them for the way they kept fighting back."

Sophomore Katie Holverson pitched a complete game and improved to 16-5 overall on the year. She gave up 12 hits and 10 runs, though only six were earned. She walked just one and struck out nine.

Freshman catcher Noelle Micka went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI for Nevada, ranked No. 24 in the country. Brittany Puzey, Vanessa Briones, Kelsey Starr, Kym Silagyi and Danielle Patrick each collected two hits as the Pack scored a season high in runs (13) and matched a season high with 16 hits.

Sophomore Sam Bias staked Holverson to an early lead with a grand slam in the Pack's five-run first inning. But the early scoring was just a sign of things to come from both teams.

Hawaii eventually battled back to take an 8-7 lead after plating three runs in the top of the fifth. But Nevada scored five times in the bottom of the fifth and would not relinquish the lead after that. Micka and Briones each had two-run doubles while Starr drove in the other run with a single as Nevada took a 12-8 lead.

It marked the first time since 2006 that Hawaii was swept in a three-game series (at Fresno State, April 21-22).

Nevada will be back in action on Friday when it plays host to Louisiana Tech for a three-game series. The teams will play two games at Hixson Park on Friday and a single game on Saturday. First pitch each day is at 2 p.m.

NOTES: Senior Tyler Schafer moved into second all-time in career at-bats with 568. She trails Cindy Elkins by 41 ... Schafer also moved into second on the all-time hits list. She now has 162 in her career and trails Brittany Lorenzen (179) for the record ... Sophomore Sam Bias is now alone in six place in career home runs with 13 ... Freshman Noelle Micka is now tied for third in single season runs with 33. She trails Jiliane Hartfiel (41 in 2004) and Elkins (39, 2006) for the record ... Micka is now fourth in single-season hits (60) behind Hartfiel (69, 2004), Schafer (63, 2007) and Stacy Mueller (63, 2004) ... Freshman Britton Murdock is now sixth in single-season RBI with 31 ... Sophomore Katie Holverson is now third in single-season wins with 16. She trails Jordan McPherson (22 in 2006 and 17 in 2007) ... Holverson is now third in single-season complete games with 15 ... Holverson is now second in single-season strikeouts with 159. She trails McPherson, who had 246 in 2006.


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