Box Score Game 5
#3 UCLA 9, Nevada 1 (5 innings)
TEMPE, Ariz. The University of Nevada softball team scored in the top of the first inning but couldn’t keep up its momentum as the Wolf Pack fell 9-1 in five innings to the #3 UCLA Bruins in the Pack’s final game of the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. With the loss, the Wolf Pack fell to 0-5 this season while the Bruins improved to 2-3.
Nevada took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. The Pack’s leadoff hitter, junior Tyler Schafer (Starr, Idaho), opened the inning with a single to left field and advanced to second on sophomore Kym Silagyi’s (Chino, Calif.) sacrifice bunt. Sophomore Brittany Puzey’s (Minden, Nev.) double down the right field line allowed Schafer to score from second. Puzey’s RBI was her team-leading third of the season.
The Bruins responded in the bottom of the inning when Jodie Legaspi drove in Kaila Shull from second. UCLA increased its lead to 2-1 in the second inning on a homerun by Julie Burney. The Bruins added seven runs over the next two innings, including a pair of three-run homeruns by Jaisa Creps and Legaspi.
Junior Jordan McPherson (Simi Valley, Calif.) got the start in the circle for Nevada and allowed three hits and three earned runs in two innings. Senior Tiffany Hoeft-Bass (Redding, Calif.) relieved McPherson in the third. She pitched 1.2 innings and allowed seven hits, six earned runs and recorded three strikeouts. Freshman pitcher Katie Holverson (Anthem, Ariz.) recorded the final out of the game.
Puzey, Schafer and freshman Sam Bias (Oakley, Calif.) each recorded a hit for Nevada. The Bruins ended the game with 10 hits.
Nevada will play in the Softball by the Beach Tournament hosted by UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 16-18. The Pack will open tournament play on Friday versus Santa Barbara at 9 a.m.