No. 22 Nebraska Edges Softball in Arizona
Feb. 12, 2006
Tempe, Ariz. - Coming of the first win of the season, the University of Nevada softball team nearly took their final game of the Kajikawa Classic hosted at Tempe Sports Complex over No. 22 Nebraska Sunday. Nevada held strong on the defensive side of the ball, but struggled to get the bats going and fell 3-0, dropping to 1-4 on the season.
Sophomore Jordan McPherson (Simi Valley, Calif.) took the loss for the Wolf Pack in her second consecutive complete game after defeating Wisconsin Saturday night. McPherson earned all three runs giving up seven hits, striking-out four facing 29 batters. Nevada put up two hits in the game, one each coming from senior Brittany Lorenzen (Henderson, Nev.) and freshman Brittany Puzey (Carson City, Nev.). On the other side of the ball, senior Candice Rainwater (Dana Point, Calif.) led the Pack in getting seven outs while freshman Katie Stith (Chino Hills, Calilf.) had four.
The Huskers' Trisha Tannahill provided the game's first run when she deposited a 2-2 pitch deep over the wall in right center for a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the second inning. The Huskers added a second run with two outs and nearly plated a third when Carmen Kier reached on a two-out double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Tacha then singled to left field to drive in Kier with the second run of the inning.
Nebraska threatened to add more in the bottom of the third when the Huskers had runners at first and second with only one out and the bases loaded with two outs, but NU was unable to convert.
Nevada's Puzey ended Nebraska pitcher Ashley DeBuhr's no-hit bid in the top of the fifth inning when she led off with a single to right field. NU loaded the bases again with two outs in the bottom of the fifth, but senior Katie Linke grounded out to third to end the inning. Nebraska scored one more in the bottom of the sixth and held of the Pack in the top of the seventh to close out the victory.
With the 2006 opening weekend closed, Nevada will again be off to a competitive road tournament next week when it travels to the Nike Classic hosted by No. 12 Oklahoma. In addition to the ranked Sooners Nevada will play two games each to North Dakota State and Indiana. North Dakota State will be the Pack's first opponent on Friday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. followed by Indiana at 12:15 p.m. It will be the first time in the history of the program that the Wolf Pack has faced each of the three teams.