Nevada vs. #23 Hawai`i
HONOLULU, Hawai`i The University of Nevada softball team fell to #23 Hawai`i 9-0 Monday night in Honolulu in the Western Athletic Conference opener for both teams. With the loss, the Wolf Pack fell to 7-20 overall and 0-1 in conference, while UH improved to 28-7 overall and 1-0 in the WAC.
Neither team threatened through the first two innings but Hawai`i used a five-run third inning to pull away from the Pack. Alana Power started off the inning with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly by Richie-Anne Titcomb. Clare Warwick singled up the middle to score Traci Yoshikawa from third. Warwick then scored from third on a sacrifice fly by teammate Kaulana Gould to give UH a 3-0 lead. With two outs, Tyleen Tausaga drew a walk, followed by Kate Robinson’s two-run homerun to leftfield.
Junior Tyler Schafer (Starr, Idaho) started the next inning with a single to third base. With one out, sophomore Brittany Puzey (Minden, Nev.) singled to the shortstop, moving Schafer into scoring position. Freshman Kelsey Starr (Tempe, Ariz.) grounded out to second base but both Nevada base runners advanced. However, UH pitcher Kate Robinson struck out the next Pack batter to end the inning.
Hawai`i added one run in the fourth as Warwick scored from first on Gould’s triple down the rightfield line. UH added one run in the fifth and two in the sixth, including a walk-off homer to end the game.
Freshman Katie Holverson (Anthem, Ariz.) took the loss for Nevada. Holverson (2-10, 0-1) threw 2 2/3 innings allowing four hits and four earned runs. Junior Jordan McPherson (Simi Valley, Calif.) came in to relieve Holverson, throwing one inning and giving up four hits and two earned runs. Senior Tiffany Hoeft-Bass closed out the game, pitching the final 1 2/3 innings. She allowed four hits and three earned runs.
Hawai`i pitcher Kate Robinson (8-0, 1-0) threw a complete game three-hitter. She allowed two walks and struckout nine batters.
Nevada finished the game with three hits, one from each of the Pack’s first three hitters in the lineup, Schafer, Puzey and sophomore Kym Silagyi (Chino, Calif.) Currently, both Schafer and Silagyi have a career-high nine-game hitting streak. UH ended the game with 12 hits.
Nevada will closeout the three-game series with Hawai`i tonight. The teams will play a doubleheader tonight starting at 9 p.m. PT. at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium in Honolulu.