Feb. 11, 2006
Tempe, Ariz. - After a tough start to the Kajikawa Classic on Friday, the University of Nevada softball team picked up its first win of the 2006 season over the University of Wisconsin at Ferrington Stadium on the campus of Arizona State on Saturday. Nevada beat the Badgers 9-1 in the afternoon game, improving to 1-3 after dropping a morning game to No. 9 Stanford 5-1.
Against the defending Pac-10 champion Stanford, Nevada scored the first run of the game as sophomore Tyler Schafer (Star, Idaho) knocked a home run to right field in the bottom of the first inning. Stanford answered with two runs in the next inning. Both teams went through four scoreless innings until the Cardinal's bats came alive in the seventh scoring three runs on four hits.
Senior Candice Rainwater (Dana Point, Calif.) pitched all seven inning for the Pack, earning all five runs with nine hits but struck-out four batters. Seniors Kari Stockstill (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Lindsey Hall (Avondale, Ariz.) also put up hits for the Pack, with Hall being the only Nevada player to get multiple shots with two.
The Wolf Pack came alive in the second game of the day, when the Badgers of Wisconsin gave up a seven-run fifth inning to fall to 1-3 on the year. Sophomore Jordan McPherson (Simi Valley, Calif.) pitched a complete game, giving up only two hits against 24 batters and striking out nine.
Wisconsin struck first in the game as sophomore Joey Daniels got her team on the board with two down in the fourth, taking Jordan McPherson's full-count offering deep to right field for her first home run of the season giving the Badgers their only run of the game.
Wisconsin fell victim to a big Nevada inning in the fifth when two Badger errors proved costly. Nevada combined for seven runs (three earned) on five hits to pull away at 7-1. The Wolf Pack chased Brock from the game in the fifth before making an out, and Nevada saw three different Wisconsin pitchers in the inning and four in the game.
Freshmen helped close out the game for the Pack sealing the victory in the final innings. Nevada tacked on one more run in each the eighth and ninth innings on RBI hits by Sarah Hunt (Reno, Nev.) and Brittany Puzey (Carson City, Nev.), respectively. Nevada had seven RBI on the game with 10 hits and only one error. Hunt and senior Brittany Lorenzen (Henderson, Nev.) each had two RBI on the game while Schafer was big on the defensive end tallying a game high 11 putouts.
Nevada will look to carry its momentum into its final game of the Kajikawa Classic on Sunday Morning. The Pack will face its third ranked-team in three days when it plays No. 22 Nebraska at 9 a.m.