Tournament Championship Slips Away from Softball
April 2, 2006
Reno, Nev. - After defeating North Texas for the second time in two days, the University of Nevada softball team fell to Portland State in the championship game of the Nevada Tournament hosted at Idlewild Park on Sunday. Nevada (16-23, 1-2 WAC) defeated the North Texas Mean Green in a semi-final game hosted at Reno High School 6-4, but couldn't get past the Vikings, dropping 3-1.
While the later championship game was offensively quiet, Nevada exploded against North Texas, scoring all six of their runs by home runs. The Wolf Pack scored one run in each of the first, second and sixth inning of solo home runs. In the third inning, the Pack scored three runs, one solo homerun and one two-run homer. Seniors Cindy Elkins (Reno, Nev.), Candice Rainwater (Dana Hills, Calif.), Brittany Lorenzen (Henderson, Nev.) and freshmen Brittany Puzey (Carson City, Nev.) and Katie Stith (Chino Hills, Calif.) all tallied homeruns in the game. Puzey scored the two-run shot in the middle of the third inning bringing in Elkins from third base. Rainwater took the win on the mound, improving to 4-7 on the year.
Portland State was the designated home team after going a perfect 4-0 in the tournament Friday and Saturday. The Vikings were the only team to beat the hosting Wolf Pack, with a 2-0 victory on Friday afternoon. It was a quick strike game for PSU, scoring once in the bottom of the first and twice in the bottom of the sixth.
While Nevada did give up three runs and eight hits, the defense was working tough forcing the Vikings to leave six runners on base through the game. Freshman Jordan McPherson (Simi Valley, Calif.) took the loss dropping to 10-13 on the year while Mandy Hill improved to 12-4.
Nevada's sole run of the game came from freshman Kym Silagyi (Chino, Calif.) in the top of the sixth inning. Silagyi leadoff the game for the Pack, hitting a dramatic triple but was left stranded by the remaining batters. When she again was the lead off batter, this time in the sixth inning, she again dropped a triple to the fence in right-centerfield. Freshman Brittany Puzey (Carson City, Nev.) then stepped-up to the plater a batter later and struck a deep shot out to centerfield, just ahead of the centerfielder to bring Silagyi in. Puzey ended up out on the play trying to make it a double after the centerfielder flubbed the play on the ball.
The tie didn't last long as Portland State's Jana Rae Slayton brought in two runs in the bottom of the inning. Slayton batted with runners on second and third, and hit a sacrifice shot deep to left field, allowing both runners to get across the plate. In the seventh, Nevada couldn't keep the rally going, getting its first three batters out.
The home stand for the Wolf Pack will continue for another weekend as the Pack hosts conference opponent Utah State. The two teams will face off at Idlewild Park in a double-header beginning 2 p.m. on Friday and another single game at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Nevada is 1-2 in WAC play this year after collecting its first win at No. 25 Fresno State last weekend, only the second victory over a ranked team in the program's history.
Nevada All-Tournament Team Brittany Lorenzen - Nevada Candice Rainwater - Nevada Brittany Puzey - Nevada Cari Hamilton - Utah Valley State Marcia-Marie Euker - St. Mary's Amber Garrett - North Dakota State Kadie Platt - North Texas Lacey Gorman - Portland State Mandy Hill - Portland State
MVP Jackie Heidi Portland State MVPitcher - Michelle Hext- Portland State