LOGAN, Utah The University of Nevada softball team beat Utah State 9-0 in five innings in game one of a three-game conference series Friday afternoon in Logan, Utah. The win was Nevada’s ninth straight which tied the program record for longest win streak. Nevada improved to 17-24 overall and 2-5 in the WAC, while Utah State fell to 10-22 overall and 0-4 in the conference.
With no outs in the third inning, Kelsey Starr and Sarah Hunt hit back-to-back homeruns, to leftfield and centerfield respectively, to put the Pack up 2-0. With one out, Nevada loaded the bases on a fielder’s choice and two errors. Kym Silagyi doubled down the rightfield line, scoring Kristin Stith and Brittany Puzey. Michelle Beach’s single scored Bias, who reached on an error earlier in the inning, giving Nevada a 5-0 lead.
Starr hit another solo homerun in the top of the fourth as she took Stacey Ellingsworth’s first pitch over the leftfield fence. Puzey reached safely on her bunt attempt and advanced to second, allowing Sarah Hunt, who singled earlier in the inning, to score from third to give Nevada a 7-0 lead over the Aggies.
After an Aggie pitching change, Sam Bias doubled to leftfield scoring Stith and Puzey, giving Nevada a 9-0 lead after four innings.
Jordan McPherson took a one-hitter into the bottom of the fifth before Emily Reilly singled to the shortstop for the Aggies second hit of the game. McPherson (10-12) threw five innings, allowing just two hits while facing 17 batters. She did not allow a walk. Ellingsworth (1-9) threw 3 1/3 innings for Utah State allowing nine hits, nine runs (six earned) and one walk. Lindsey Benson pitched the final 1 2/3 innings for Utah State. She allowed two hits and one walk.
Nevada finished the game with 11 hits to Utah State’s two. Starr ended the game 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBI while Silagyi (two RBI) and Hunt (two runs, one RBI) each recorded two hits.
Nevada and Utah State will finish the three-game series tomorrow with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.