Final Stats -- Nevada vs. #10/14 Baylor
HONOLULU, Hawai`i The University of Nevada softball team pulled off the biggest upset in program history Friday afternoon, defeating #10/14 Baylor, 3-2, at the Bank of Hawai`i Invitational in Honolulu.
The win over the #10 Bears is the highest ranked opponent the Pack has ever beaten and marks the program’s fourth victory over a top-25 team. Nevada also beat #16 Fresno State in 2004 and twice beat the #23 Bulldogs in 2006.
Nevada (7-15) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Sophomore Kym Silagyi (Chino, Calif.) hit a single and moved into scoring position after sophomore Brittany Puzey (Minden, Nev.) reached on a fielder’s choice. Silagyi scored after a throwing error by the Baylor first baseman. Freshman Katie Holverson (Anthem, Ariz.) recorded her first career RBI as she doubled to left centerfield to score Puzey to give Nevada a 2-0 lead.
The Bears responded in their half of the inning, cutting Nevada’s lead to 2-1. Brette Reagan hit an RBI single to leftfield to score Nicole Wasely who drew a walk earlier in the inning.
Nevada added its third run of the game in the fifth inning. Senior Amanda Wise (Galt, Calif.) ledoff with a single and stole second to move into scoring position. Silagyi singled, moving Wise to third and Puzey reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Wise and putting Nevada up 3-1.
The Pack took its 3-1 lead into Baylor’s final half inning but the Bears threatened quickly in the seventh as Tiffany Wesley drew a walk followed by a single from Nicole Wesley. With no outs and runners on first and second in the bottom of the seventh, Nevada pitcher, junior Jordan McPherson (Simi Valley, Calif.), relieved Holverson and came in to try and earn her first save of the season. The first batter McPherson faced grounded out to second base but both runners advanced. Chelsi Lake flew out to left centerfield scoring Tiffany Wesley and cutting the Pack’s lead to 3-2 but Reagan fouled out to first base to end the game.
Holverson earned her second win of the season for Nevada. She threw six innings and allowed six hits and two runs while striking out two. McPherson recorded her first save of the season. Kirstin Shortridge went the distance for the Bears throwing a complete game, allowing six hits, one earned run and three strikeouts.
Both teams recorded six hits in the game with Silagyi recording a team-high two hits for Nevada. In addition to Holverson recording her first career RBI versus Baylor, she also recorded her first career double.
Nevada will continue play in the Bank of Hawai`i Invitational tonight. The Pack will face two more ranked opponents tonight playing #25 Cal at 7 p.m. PT and #23/25 Hawai`i at 9 p.m. PT.