Feb. 21, 2006
Sacramento, Calif. - Coming off a two-win rained-out weekend, the University of Nevada split a double-header road series with the Hornets of California State, Sacramento Tuesday at Shea Stadium. Nevada won the first game 5-3, but dropped the second 11-6 to slip to 4-5 on the season while Sacramento State improves to 4-7.
In the nightcap, Nevada put up six runs with 12 hits and five RBI, but stranded 11 on base. Freshman Sarah Hunt (Reno, Nev.) continued her stellar offensive production in her first season with two RBI and two hits. Hunt was the only Wolf Pack player to score multiple RBI in the game while seniors Lindsey Hall (Avondale, Ariz.), Cindy Elkins (Reno, Nev.) and sophomore Tyler Schafer (Star, Idaho) each added two hits of their own.
The Pack's biggest problem came from Sac State's Jamie Schloredt who was relatively inactive in the first game. Schloredt had three at-bats and in that performance had three runs, three hits and five RBI.
After hitting her first career home run in the third inning, Schloredt came back in the fifth inning to club a three-run double that helped the Hornets erase a 6-3 deficit. Sacramento State eventually took the lead in the inning after sophomore Amy Tompkins singled home Schloredt.
Hornet starter Michele Bochenksi (2-0) went the distance to pick up her second victory of the season. The Reno, Nev., native allowed six runs (five earned) and 12 hits in seven innings. Nevada sophomore Jordan McPherson (Simi Valley, Calif.) (3-2) got the loss in relief, allowing five hits and five runs (four earned) in two innings.
In the first game, Nevada jumped out to a 3-0 lead behind the bat of freshman Brittany Puzey (Carson City, Nev.) as she singled home a run in the first, and doubled in two more runs in the third inning. Sacramento State answered with two runs in the bottom of the third after junior Amy Jo McKenzie's RBI-double scored Lindy Winkler and senior Nikki Cinque's ground ball scored Jamie Schloredt from third.
The Wolf Pack took advantage of two Hornet errors in the sixth to score two runs and take a commanding 5-2 lead. Sacramento State got one more run in the seventh on an RBI-single from sophomore Hilary Johnson which scored Winkler.
McPherson picked up the victory, allowing six hits and three runs in seven innings. Cinque dropped to 2-4 with the loss as she gave up eight hits and five runs (three earned) with seven strikeouts in seven innings. Puzey finished the game 3-for-4 with a run, two doubles and three RBI.
Nevada will now return home briefly as it leaves Thursday for the weekend in Southern California. The Pack will first play a double-header against Cal State Northridge on Friday beginning at 1 p.m. Nevada will then go further south for a performance in the University of San Diego Tournament on Saturday and Sunday beginning with the hosting Toreros at 10 a.m.