HONOLULU, Hawaii The University of Nevada softball team’s late rally fell short as the Pack fell 4-2 to Liberty in the Bank of Hawai`i Invitational in Honolulu on Thursday afternoon. With the loss, Nevada fell to 6-15 while Liberty improved to 13-8.
Freshman Kelsey Starr (Tempe, Ariz.) hit her first career home run, a two-run shot in the fifth inning, to cut Liberty’s lead to 4-2 but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Flames hung on for the win.
Liberty put up two runs in the bottom of the first inning when Beth Bennett hit a two-out triple to score Dawn Jeffs and Jessica Moore. Nevada threatened in the third inning as the Pack loaded the bases on singles from junior Tyler Schafer (Starr, Idaho) and sophomores Brittany Puzey (Minden, Nev.) and Kym Silagyi (Chino, Calif.) but the next two Nevada batters recorded outs to end the inning.
The Lady Flames added two more runs in the fourth inning on a pair of RBI singles by Shannon McKain and Jeffs.
Nevada responded in the fifth when Puzey hit a two-out double, her team-leading eighth of the season. Starr then hit a two-run home run to left-center field but the Pack only recorded one run in its final two innings of the game.
The Pack’s game versus the Lady Flames, in which Nevada recorded nine hits to Liberty’s six, marks just the second time this season Nevada out-hit its opponent but did not win the game. The other game was the Pack’s loss to San Diego on March 3.
Junior Jordan McPherson (Simi Valley, Calif.) picked up the loss in the circle. She pitched three innings, allowing four hits and four earned runs while striking out three. Schafer, Starr and Puzey each went 2-for-4 in the game.
Nevada was scheduled to play #10/14 Baylor today but heavy rains forced games to be rescheduled. The Pack is scheduled to play #25 Cal and #23/25 Hawai`i tomorrow at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. Pacific. If any other schedule changes are made, they will be posted on nevadawolfpack.com.