Pack Softball Drops a Pair at Northridge

Feb. 24, 2006

Box Score

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The University of Nevada softball team dropped two games at Cal State Northridge Friday losing to the Matadors 2-1 in the first game and 6-1 in the nightcap. The Pack fell to 4-7 on the season while Northridge improved to 5-5.

In the first game, Nevada scored first in the top of the fifth inning when senior Cindy Elkins (Reno, Nev.) hit a solo homerun over the left field fence. Northridge answered with two runs of its own in the bottom of the fifth. The Pack committed four errors in the fifth inning which led to Northridge's two runs.

Senior Candice Rainwater (Dana Point, Calif.) struckout five batters and threw a two hitter through four and a third innings. Sophomore Jordan McPherson (Simi Valley, Calif.) came on in relief to finish the game and did not give up any hits in one and two thirds innings of work.

Matador pitcher Selena Salazar pitched a complete game allowing three hits and one run while striking out seven Pack batters.

In the second game of the doubleheader, the Pack had six hits while Northridge had seven. However, Nevada stranded eight runners and had only one RBI, compared to the Matador's six RBIs.

The Pack jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Sophomore Tyler Shafter (Star Idaho) doubled down the right field line scoring Elkins from second. Shafer finished the game with a team-high two hits and recorded Nevada's only RBI of the game.

Northridge scored three runs in the fourth inning and added one in the fifth and two in the sixth, to secure a 6-1 victory over Nevada.


McPherson, the Pack's starting pitcher in game two, gave up five hits and four earned runs while pitching five and one third inning. In addition, she struck out five Northridge batters. Junior Tiffany Hoeft (Redding Calif.) came on in relief and pitched two thirds of an inning and gave up one run.

Nevada returns to action in the San Diego Tournament Saturday. The Pack will play host San Diego at 10 a.m. and will take on UC Riverside at 4:30 p.m.