Softball Wins Two at Home Tournament
April 1, 2006
Reno, Nev. - The University of Nevada softball team won both of its games Saturday to claim the No. 2 seed of the Nevada Tournament hosted at both Idlewild Park and Reno High School on Saturday. Nevada played both its games at its home Idlewild Park and beat North Texas 6-5 and Saint Mary's 6-3 to improve to 15-22 on the year.
Nevada took tight victories in both games, but against North Texas they had to climb back from an early deficit. The Mean Green scored first in the first inning, when Kristina Fowler doubled and Susan Waters scored from first base. The Wolf Pack struck right back though, when freshman Brittany Puzey (Carson City, Nev.) scored from second off a single by senior Candice Rainwater (Dana Hills, Calif.). Puzey finished 2-3 on the game while Rainwater was 3-4 with 2 RBI.
The game got a little hairy for the Pack in the top of the second inning when North Texas put up three runs on just two hits, one being a two-run homer. The Mean Green then went offensively cold, as Nevada began slowly whittling away at the lead, putting up one run in the second, two in the third and then one each in the fifth and sixth innings. Sophomore Jordan McPherson (Simi Valley, Calif) got the win pitching 4.1 innings, but got a bit of a scare as she game up a solo homerun on her first pitch of the seventh inning. Although North Texas was down by only one run, they would end up stranding two runners on base and couldn't close it out.
Against St. Mary's, Nevada took an early lead and never relinquished it, but seemed to have a few bugs in their game against the 4-24 Gaels. Nevada had a 10-6 advantage in hits, but had four errors. McPherson again took the win, having to come into the game early in the first inning after Rainwater had to leave the game taking a line drive off her left knee.
The Wolf Pack took control in the second inning tabbing three hits scoring three times. With senior Kari Stockstill (Huntington Beach, Calif.), and freshmen Ashley Nichelman (Benicia Calif.) and Sarah Hunt (Reno, Nev.) sitting on the bases loaded, freshman Kym Silagyi (Chino, Calif.) hit a sharp triple to the right field fence. Nevada then scored once again in the fourth and sixth innings to seal the win. Impressive hitting also came from senior Cindy Elkins (Reno, Nev.) who went 3-3 in the game, tagging a double in each appearance at the plate.
After going 3-1 in the tournament, the second-seeded Wolf Pack will play North Texas in a 9 a.m. semi-final game at Reno High School. The winner of that game will go on to play the winner of the other semi-final between one-seed Portland State and four-seed North Dakota State. That championship game will be played at Idlewild at 11:30 a.m. The fifth-seeded Utah Valley State will face six-seed Saint Mary's in the consolation championship hosted at Reno High School at 11:30 a.m.