Box Score Game 9 vs. Northern Colorado
Box Score Game 10 vs. Long Beach State
Nevada vs. Northern Colorado
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. Junior pitcher Jordan McPherson (Simi Valley, Calif.) picked up her third win of the season and sophomore Brittany Puzey (Minden, Nev.) drove in the game-winning run as Nevada shutout Northern Colorado 1-0 Sunday morning at the Softball by the Beach Invitational.
Senior Tiffany Hoeft-Bass (Redding, Calif.) started the game for Nevada, she threw 3.1 innings, scattered five hits and recorded one strikeout. McPherson relieved Hoeft-Bass with one out in the fourth. McPherson, who recorded her thrid win of the season and 36th win of her career to become Nevada's all-time winningest pitcher, struck out seven and did not allow a hit in 3.2 innings of work.
With one out in the third, Northern Colorado loaded the bases. But, the next two Bears’ batters were thrown out and the Pack got out of the inning.
Nevada scored the only run of the game in the fourth inning. Junior Tyler Schafer (Starr, Idaho) ledoff the inning with a single and advanced to second on an error by Northern Colorado’s centerfielder. Freshman Sam Bias (Oakley, Calif.) grounded out which allowed Schafer to advance to third and Puzey’s sacrifice hit drove in Schafer.
Northern Colorado did not record a hit after the fourth inning due to McPherson, who struck out six of the final nine batters she faced, and the Pack’s solid defense behind her.
Nevada recorded three hits in the game, courtesy of freshman Kelsey Starr (Tempe, Ariz.), sophomore Michelle Beach (Fallon, Nev.) and Schafer. The Bears recorded five hits with five Northern Colorado players each recording one hit.
Nevada. vs. Long Beach State
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. The Long Beach State 49ers avenged a loss to Nevada a day earlier as the 49ers posted a 4-3 victory over the University of Nevada softball team in the Pack’s final game of the Softball by the Beach Invitational. Nevada (3-7) ended the weekend with a 3-2 record.
Nevada jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Sophomore Kym Silagyi (Chino, Calif.) reached on a Long Beach error and advanced to second. Sophomore Brittany Puzey (Minden, Nev.) hit a double to left centerfield to score Silagyi. The Pack’s next batter, sophomore Michelle Beach (Fallon, Nev.), recorded a single and scored Puzey to give the Pack a 2-0 lead.
The 49ers responded in the bottom of the inning with two runs of their own. With two outs and a runner on second, Lacy Tyler hit an RBI single to score teammate Brianna Goad from second. Tyler scored Long Beach’s second run of the inning after a Nevada error.
Nevada retook the lead in the third inning. After Schafer ledoff with a double, she advanced to third on Silagyi’s sacrifice bunt. Puzey hit a sacrifice fly to right field and drove in Schafer for her second RBI of the game, and fifth of the weekend.
With one out in the bottom of the seventh, the Pack allowed a walk-off two-run homerun by Jessica Beaver to give the 49ers the 4-3 win.
Freshman Katie Holverson (Anthem, Ariz.) took the loss for Nevada. She pitched 6.1 innings for the Pack, allowed five hits, three earned runs and struck out three. Kelly Cross threw all seven innings for Long Beach allowing four hits and two earned runs.
The Pack ended the game with four hits, while the 49ers recorded five. Both teams committed two errors. Puzey led the Pack offensively going 2-for-2 with 2 RBI.
Nevada’s next action will be at the Palm Springs Classic Feb. 23-25 in Cathedral City, Calif. The Pack will open the Classic on Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. with a game against the University of Illinois-Chicago. During the Classic, Nevada will also face Penn State, Maryland and nationally-ranked Texas and Washington.