Nevada vs. Cal Poly Box
FULLERTON, Calif. The University of Nevada softball team scored five runs on nine hits to post a 5-3 victory over Cal Poly at the Worth Invitational in Fullerton, Calif. With the win the Pack improved to 6-13 this season while the Mustangs fell to 12-6.
Nevada took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first when freshman Sam Bias (Oakley, Calif.) hit a solo home run, her third home run of the season, over the leftfield fence. However, Cal Poly answered in the bottom of the inning, taking a 2-1 lead on an RBI double by Sarah Iwata an RBI single by Krysten Cary.
The Pack retook the lead in the top of the second to ahead 3-2. Sophomore Kym Silagyi (Chino Hills, Calif.) led off the inning with a single and advanced to second after freshman Katie Holverson (Anthem, Ariz.) drew a walk. Junior Kristin Stith’s (Chino Hills, Calif.) sacrifice bunt advanced both runners and Silagyi scored on sophomore Katie Stith’s (Chino Hills, Calif.) sacrifice hit to tie the game at 2-2. Nevada scored the go-ahead run after sophomore Sarah Hunt’s (Reno, Nev.) single scored Holverson from third.
Nevada increased its lead to 5-2 in the top of the fourth on an RBI double by junior Tyler Schafer (Starr, Idaho) that scored Hunt and Kristin Stith. Cal Poly player Jenna Maiden hit a solo home run to left centerfield in the sixth to cut the Pack’s lead to 5-3, but the Mustang’s comeback fell short as Nevada pitcher, junior Jordan McPherson (Simi Valley, Calif.), struck out two in the bottom of the seventh as Nevada recorded the 5-3 victory.
McPherson went the distance for Nevada, throwing all seven innings. She scattered eight hits and recorded six strikeouts. Mustang pitcher Maiden took the loss for Cal Poly, throwing four innings and allowing seven hits and five earned runs.
Schafer led the Pack offensively as she went 2-for-4 with two RBI during the game. Both Schafer and sophomore Brittany Puzey (Minden, Nev.) recorded a double for the Pack.
Nevada will play its final game of the Worth Invitational tomorrow at 11:15 versus San Diego State.