The Nevada softball team will hit the road on Monday for its opening-round matchup against UC Santa Barbara in the inaugural Postseason National Invitation Softball Championships (NISC). The Wolf Pack’s game vs. the Gauchos is slated for a 4 p.m. PT first pitch on Tuesday, May 16.

“We are excited for the opportunity to have earned the privilege to play in the postseason,” Nevada head coach Josh Taylor said. “Our girls have worked really hard all season long and I am proud of this team. They have earned this opportunity.”

Joining Nevada and UCSB in Regional 1 is host-Pacific and Cal Poly. The Pack will square up against the Tigers or Mustangs on Wednesday, pending how Nevada and the other teams do in the opening-round. The championship of the regional will take place on Thursday, May 18.

With this being the first year of the NISC, the 26-team field is comprised of schools that were not selected to the NCAA Tournament that was announced Sunday night. The double-elimination NISC has six regionals in its bracket and the championship round will take place May 21-24. All games for the Pacific region will be streamed on, as a link to live stats will be available on that webpage as well.

The seeding during regional play is based off of the team’s regular season RPI. Nevada holds the second seed with its RPI of 91, while Cal Poly takes the top spot in the region at 63. UCSB is seeded third with its RPI of 102 and Pacific rounds out the field, posting a 112 RPI.

The Pack enters the NISC with a 28-23 record on the year and 13-11 mark in Mountain West play. Earlier in the season, Nevada notched three Power-5 victories over then-No.17 Utah, Iowa State and Kansas. During conference play, the Pack won half of its series, including a 2-1 win over preseason favorite Fresno State, a series sweep over Colorado State, and series wins against UNLV and New Mexico.

Nevada Press Release