Nevada vs. Maryland
Nevada vs. UIC
Nevada vs. Maryland
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. Maryland’s softball team got the better of the University of Nevada as the Terps handed Nevada a 6-5 nine-inning defeat in Nevada’s opening game of the Palm Springs Classic hosted by Oregon State. In a game that featured four ties and three lead changes, Nevada allowed a season-high 15 hits as they fell to 3-8 with the loss.
Maryland took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning as Jennifer Wellborn hit a double to left centerfield to score Keri Lounge. The Pack responded in the top of the third inning and took a 2-1 lead. Junior Tyler Schafer (Starr, Idaho) ledoff with a single and advanced to second on sophomore Kym Silagyi’s (Chino, Calif.) sacrifice bunt. Sophomore Brittany Puzey’s (Minden, Nev.) team-leading fifth double of the season allowed Schafer to advance to third. Sophomore Michelle Beach (Fallon, Nev.) hit a sacrifice fly to leftfield, scoring Schafer and moving Puzey to third. Puzey scored the Pack’s second run of the inning on an error by the Terps’ catcher.
Meghan Booth knotted the game at 2-2 when she scored on a Nevada error in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Pack retook the lead in the top of the sixth as Beach reached on an error by the Maryland leftfielder and advanced to second. Sophomore Sarah Hunt (Reno, Nev.) grounded out allowing Beach to advance to third. Freshman Sam Bias (Oakley, Calif.) singled to leftfield scoring Beach.
Maryland tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh. With one runner on base and two outs Lindsay Klein hit a single and Lindsey Ubrun moved into scoring position and scored on Sarde Stewarts’s double.
Senior Amanda Wise (Galt, Calif.) was placed on second for Nevada to start the eighth inning. She advanced to third on Hunt’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Bias’ second RBI of the game to put the Pack up 4-3. However, the Terps scored in their half of the inning to tie the game at 4-4.
To start the ninth, freshman Kelsey Starr (Tempe, Ariz.) was placed on second for the Pack and advanced to third. Junior Kristin Stith’s (Chino Hills, Calif.) sacrifice fly to leftfield scored Starr and Nevada went ahead 5-4. Maryland player Kline drove in teammate Alex Schultz in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at 5-5. Kline scored the go-ahead run on a Nevada error to give Maryland the 6-5 extra-inning victory.
Junior Jordan McPherson (Simi Valley, Calif.) pitched 8.2 innings for Nevada, allowing 15 hits and two earned runs. She recorded one strikeout. Meredith Nelles got the win for Maryland pitching 6.1 innings allowing five hits and one earned run.
Silagyi went 2-for-3 for the Pack while Bias went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Nevada ended the game with six hits while Maryland recorded 15.
Nevada vs. University of Illinois-Chicago
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. Junior Kristin Stith (Chino Hills, Calif.) scored the go-ahead run on a solo homerun in the top of the seventh and junior Jordan McPherson (Simi Valley, Calif.) struck out two of the final three UIC batters as Nevada posted an 8-7 victory over the University of Illinois-Chicago at the Palm Springs Classic. With the win the Pack improved to 4-8 on the year.
McPherson (4-4) allowed two hits and struckout three UIC batters in two innings of work. Freshman Katie Holverson (Anthem, Ariz.) started the game for the Pack and allowed six hits and three earned runs in five innings while striking out five.
The Pack scored three runs on three hits in the third inning on RBI by freshman Sam Bias (Oakley, Calif.) and two by sophomore Brittany Puzey (Minden, Nev.). The Flames took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the inning as Elizabeth Jacoby hit a grand slam.
Nevada answered in the fourth as freshman Kelsey Starr (Tempe, Ariz.) stole home and sophomore Michelle Beach (Fallon, Nev.) drove in sophomore Kym Silagyi (Chino, Calif.) to give the Pack a 5-4 lead.
UIC player Ashlee Ackerman singled to the pitcher to score Mallory Studzinski from third and tied the game at 5-5. Nevada junior Tyler Schafer (Starr, Idaho) ledoff the sixth with a single and Puzey hit a two-run homerun to put the Pack on top 7-5. The Flames responded by scoring two runs on four hits in the bottom of the inning to knot the game at 7-7.
Kristin Stith recorded her first hit of the weekend, a solo homerun in the seventh, which proved to be the game-winner for Nevada.
Puzey led the Pack offensively going 2-for-2 with four RBI. Nevada recorded 10 hits in the game while UIC ended the game with eight.
Nevada will face #11/10 Texas tomorrow at 10 a.m. in the Palms Spring Classic. Livestats for the game will be available at nevadawolfpack.com.