March 18, 2006
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The University of Nevada's softball team lost both of its games Saturday on the second day of the Capital Classic in Sacramento, Calif. The Pack dropped a 5-0 game to Iowa and lost to Columbia, 2-1, in eight innings in the second game. Nevada's record now stands at 11-16.
Nevada's Cindy Elkins (Reno, Nev.) and Brittany Lorenzen (Henderson, Nev.) recorded the Pack's only hits of the game against Iowa.
Nevada used three pitchers during the Iowa game. Candice Rainwater (Dana Point, Calif.) started the game for the Pack. She gave up three hits and three runs, all earned, in 2.1 innings of work.
Jordan McPherson (Simi Valley, Calif.), who replaced Rainwater, pitched two innings for Nevada. McPherson allowed five hits and two runs, both earned. Tiffany Hoeft (Redding, Calif.) threw the final 2.2 innings for the Pack. Hoeft allowed just one hit and struck out two.
Iowa had a balanced offensive attack as six Hawkeye players recorded a hit against Nevada. Three Iowa players, Stacy May, Mindy Heidgerken and Emily Nichols, each recorded two hits for Iowa.
Hawkeye pitcher Ali Arnold pitched the full game allowing two hits while striking out five Nevada batters.
In the second game of the day, Nevada took a 1-0 lead over Columbia in the third inning. Kaycee Wilks (Minden, Nev.) led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Kymberly Silagyi (Chino, Calif.) hit a single, which allowed Wilks to move to third. Wilks scored on Brittany Puzey's (Carson City, Nev.) single to give Nevada the lead.
The Lions tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth when Maiya Chard-Yaron hit a RBI single to center to score Keli Leong.
In the bottom of the eighth Lexie Costic, who started on second, advanced to third on a Leong single. Chard-Yaron hit a RBI single to score Costic and give the Lions the 2-1 victory over the Pack.
Nevada will face Princeton tomorrow at 11 a.m. for the Pack's final game in the Capital Classic.