Softball Drops Two In Vegas
March 3, 2006
Las Vegas, Nev. - Nevada went 0-2 in a double-header on Friday at the Las Vegas Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. The Pack lost the first of the five game tournament on Thursday and is now 0-3.
The Wolf Pack's first game on Friday was against Virginia Tech (11-2). Tech won the game 6-5 in 11 innings. The loss dropped the Pack to 7-10 on the season.
Nevada faced 12th ranked Arizona State (18-0) in the second game of the double-header and lost 12-2. The Pack's record fell to 7-11.
The first two innings against Virginia Tech proved to be a defensive battle, with no hits and no base-runners for either team.
The Pack finally put a mark on the board in the top of the third, scoring two runs off two hits. Cindy Elkins was the first base-runner of the day when she was walked by Virginia Tech pitcher, Angela Tincher. Sarah Hunt then hit a single for Nevada for the first hit of the game. A passed ball advanced both runners and then Kymberly Silagyi knocked a base hit into center to score Elkins from third. Hunt crossed home to score the Pack's second run on a wild pitch from Tincher.
Virginia Tech didn't get its first hit until the bottom of the fourth inning when Kelly Brown got to first on an infield hit. The Pack held Tech to the one runner to get out of the inning still up 2-0.
The Hokies rallied in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game up 2-2. Erin Ota started the rally with a knock to center. Brown then fired a shot that bounced off Nevada pitcher Jordan McPherson's leg and rolled out to right field. Ota advanced to third on the play. After Brown stole second, Stephanie Savre hit a double to left to score Ota and Brown.
At the end of regulation, the game was still tied 2-2, so play moved to extra innings. The game went to the ninth with neither team able to get a run across. Virginia Tech had a chance to score in the bottom of the ninth, but left with the bases loaded.
Nevada was the first to get on the board in overtime, scoring three in the 11th. Hunt was placed on second to start the inning and advanced to third of a Silagyi hit to left. After Silagyi stole second, Kari Stockstill hit into a fielder's choice, which scored Hunt from third. No one was called out on the play. Candice Rainwater then hit a single up the middle to score Silagyi and Stockstill. The Pack left one on base.
Virginia Tech made a comeback in the bottom of the 11th scoring four to win the game. Caroline Stolle scored from second on a single up the middle by Ota. Ota then scored after a walk to Savre and a single by Charisse Mariconda. Jessica Everhart tripled to right center to score Mariconda and Ashley Thatcher who was pinch running for Savre.
McPherson threw five shutout innings before giving up two in the sixth. She recorded 14 strikeouts, two walks, gave up 10 hits and five earned runs. McPherson is now 4-5 on the season.
Tincher threw 26 strikeouts (school record), gave up two walks, five hits and three earned runs. She also threw two wild pitches. Tincher is now 6-0 on the season.
Silagyi led the Pack getting two hits with four at bats and one RBI. Everhart led the Hokies going 2-4 with two RBI's.
Score by Innings R H E ---------------------------------------------- Nevada........ 002 000 000 03 - 5 5 1 Virginia Tech....... 000 002 000 04 - 6 10 1 ----------------------------------------------
Rainwater got the start for Nevada in game two against Arizona State.
The Wolf Pack opened up strong, scoring one in the first. Lindsey Hall scored off a double by Brittany Lorenzen.
ASU came right back to tie the game in the top of the second. Rhiannon Baca scored from third on a Nevada error.
Elkins got the lead back for the Wolf Pack in the bottom of the inning, hitting a homer to left-center.
In the top of the third, the Sun Devil's tied the game back up at 2-2. Delenah Langley scored on a Jen McCard single. ASU loaded the bases with two outs, but Rainwater got out of the jam to keep the score tied.
Mindy Cowles hit a homerun in the top of the fourth, scoring Michelle Smith from second base, to give Arizona State a 4-2 lead.
ASU held the Pack to no runs in the bottom of the fourth and then scored two more in the top of the fifth. Tiffany Hoeft, who came in for the Pack in the fourth, walked Jackie Vasquez and Smith reached on a bunt. Hoeft loaded the bases after walking Cowles, then Katie Cochran singled. Vasquez scored from third and then Smith scored from second on a play at the plate. Arizona State took a 6-2 lead.
The Sun Devil's added a run in the top of the sixth when Mapes scored from third on a fielding error.
Sharee Zaleski homered with a runner on in the seventh to give Arizona State a 9-2 lead. Baca, followed that up with a three-run dinger to make the score 12-2.
The Pack was held scoreless after the second inning and couldn't make a comeback losing 12-2.
Desiree Serrano got the win for ASU, giving up seven hits, two earned runs, two walks and had 10 stirkeouts.
Rainwater was credited with the loss for Nevada, pitching three innings with three strikouts. She gave up six hits, three earned runs and four walks.
Zaleski led the Sun Devil's with two hits on five at bats and had two RBI's and one homerun. Elkins led the Pack going two for three with one homerun.
Score by Innings R H E ----------------------------------------- Arizona State....... 011 221 5 - 12 16 1 Nevada, Reno........ 110 000 0 - 2 7 2 -----------------------------------------