Softball Opens Tournament Play With Blowout Wins Over San Diego, Riverside
Feb. 25, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of Nevada softball team outscored its opponents 19-0 Saturday, en route to picking up two victories on the opening day of the San Diego Tournament hosted by the University of San Diego. The Pack beat tournament host San Diego 9-0 in the first game and beat Riverside 10-0 in the second game. With the victories, Nevada improved to 6-7.
The first game remained scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning when Katie Stith (Chino Hills, Calif.) hit a single to left field and drove in senior Candice Rainwater (Dana Point, Calif.) to give Nevada a 1-0 lead. The Pack added another run in the fifth inning when sophomore Tyler Shafer (Star, Idaho) scored from second.
Nevada scored seven runs in the sixth inning to secure the 9-0 victory over San Diego. Schafer recorded a game-high two runs, while senior Lindsey Hall (Avondale, Ariz.) went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs. Ka. Stith finished the game with one RBI and went 2-for-3 at the plate as the Pack handed the Toreros its first home loss of the season.
Sophomore Jordan McPherson (Simi Valley, Calif.) picked up the win and pitched all six innings for the Pack. She struck out three batters and allowed just three hits. San Diego pitcher Gina McFarland threw five and a third innings and gave up eight hits and two earned runs while striking out just one Nevada batter.
In the second game, the Pack jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. In the first inning, freshman Brittany Puzey (Carson City, Nev.) hit a double to left center field to score fellow freshman Kymberly Silagyi (Chino, Calif.). Rainwater drove in Schafer in the third inning to put the Pack up 2-0.
Nevada's five-run fourth inning gave the Pack a commanding 7-0 lead. The Pack loaded the bases in the fifth inning after Ka. Stith, senior Cindy Elkins (Reno, Nev.) and freshman Sara Hunt (Reno, Nev.) each reached base on singles. Puzey smacked a homerun over the right field fence for her first career grand slam. Senior Brittany Lorenzen (Henderson, Nev.) then hit a solo homerun to increase Nevada's lead to 7-0.
Schafer, Lorenzen and sophomore Kaycee Wilcks (Huntington Beach, Calif.) scored in the sixth inning courtesy of RBIs by Puzey, Hall and Rainwater.
Rainwater earned the win for Nevada and pitched all six innings against Riverside allowing five hits while striking out four batters. Highlander pitchers Hailey Marshall and Sara Radabaugh each tossed three innings for Riverside. Marshall took the loss and gave up six hits and five earned runs.
Puzey finished the game with a game-high six RBIs while batting 2-for-3. The Pack ended the game with 10 hits and 10 RBIs while Riverside ended with five hits. The Highlanders committed four errors, while the Pack committed two.
Nevada continues its play in the San Diego Tournament Sunday. The Pack faces Utah State at noon and will play San Diego at 2:30 p.m.