Softball Ends Tournament with 2-2 Record
March 12, 2006
Sunnyvale, Calif. - The University of Nevada softball team split its final day at the National Invitational Softball Tournament hosted at the Twin Creeks Complex Sunday. Nevada beat Santa Clara 8-5 in its first game of the day but couldn't overcome Colorado State dropping 2-0 and is now at a 10-14 mark on the year.
Arizona State, California and Sacramento State each finished the tournament undefeated at 4-0. Arizona State was declared the champion after allowing just one run throughout the entire tournament.
While weather didn't affect the tournament much during the day, there was a two-hour set back in the morning for overnight rainfall on the fields. The Santa Clara Broncos had an offensive advantage in the first game racking up 11 hits, but stranded seven base-runners throughout the game. Nevada took off early putting up two runs in the first and then three more in the second and third innings before the Broncos got a single score. The Pack's scoring surge cooled off after that as Santa Clara put up one in the fourth and then racked up four in the sixth, but still couldn't pull it out.
After shutting down the first three batters in the first, the Pack's first batter of the game, freshman Kym Silagy (Chino, Calif.) got on base after an error by Bronco pitcher Jerrica Castagno. Sophomore Tyler Schafer (Star, Idaho) then reached base on a single and on the next batter was able to advance to second on a passed ball. Senior Lindsey Hall (Avondale, Ariz.) then stepped up to the plate and with a clean double picked up two RBI bringing in Silagy and Schafer.
It just kept on rolling for the Nevada in the second inning as Castagno put two Pack hitters on base with walks after getting two quick outs on the first two. This time its sophomore Kaycee Wilcks (Minden, Nev.) with Silagyi on base who both ended up advancing twice on passed balls, with Wilcks taking the second to score. One batter later, freshman Brittany Puzey (Carson City, Nev.) singled to tally up two more RBI.
Santa Clara changed pitchers in the end of the second inning to Sara Overmier who proceeded to walk four straight batters adding two more runs for Nevada. Schafer then hit a sacrifice fly to RBI the final Nevada run of the game. Nevada cycled through three pitchers in the game with senior Robyn Ford-Fetiz (Mission Viejo, Calif.) getting the win in 2.1 innings pitched with just one earned run and four hits.
The second game of the day was much more quiet offensively as the only two runs of the game were scored by Colorado State in the second inning. The Rams opened the second inning with a double and and after a sacrifice ground out, Brittany Huerta hit a two-run homer. Both teams had six hits leaving six on base on the day and no errors.
The bottom of the second presented Nevada the best possibility to tally some runs. The Wolf Pack had three runners in scoring position and stranded two others while collecting two hits. Sophomore Jordan McPherson (Simi Valley, Calif.) pitched a complete game taking the loss to drop to 5-7 on the year.
Next weekend the Wolf pack will return to action in Sacramento, Calif. for the Capital Classic on March 17-19. Nevada's first two games on Friday, March 17 will be Long Island at 12:30 p.m. and Jacksonville at 5:30 p.m.