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LOGAN, Utah The University of Nevada softball team beat Utah State 6-2 in game one of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon, winning its tenth straight game and setting a program record for the longest win streak in school history. The Aggies bounced back and took game two of the conference doubleheader, 7-5. Nevada is now 18-25 overall and 3-6 in the WAC, while Utah State is 11-23, and 1-5 in the conference.
Game 1 Nevada 6, Utah State 2
In the top of the first inning, Tyler Schafer reached first on an infield single, advanced to second on a passed ball and moved to third on Brittany Puzey’s groundout to the pitcher. Sam Bias singled to the shortstop to score Schafer, and Bias scored on Kym Silagyi’s team-leading third triple of the season to put Nevada up 2-0 after the first inning.
In the bottom of the inning with one out, the Aggies loaded the bases on a base hit by Amy Schaible and a pair of walks. Ashley Bellum hit a sacrifice fly to leftfield to score Schaible and cut Nevada’s lead to 2-1.
In the top of the fourth, Starr singled down the leftfield line, advanced to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on Schafer’s single. Kristin Stith singled to centerfield to score Starr. With two runners in scoring position, Puzey hit a homerun to left center field, her eighth homerun of the season, to clear the bases and give Nevada a 6-1 lead.
Utah State added a run in the bottom of the sixth as Tara Evans singled to score Jamie Fife who ledoff the inning with a double.
Nevada pitcher Jordan McPherson (11-12) held Utah State to five hits. She threw a compete game, allowing two earned runs, four walks while striking out one. Jill Bruins (0-2) took the loss for the Aggies. She threw four innings, giving up nine hits, six earned runs while issuing two walks.
Schafer ended the game 3-for-3 with two runs while Puzey finished the game 2-for-3 with one run and three RBI. Silagyi also ended the game with multiple hits as she went 2-for-4 with one RBI. Nevada ended the game with 11 hits, while Utah State finished with five.
Game 2 - Utah State 7, Nevada 5
Utah State bounced back from a 5-0 deficit to beat Nevada 7-5 in game two of the doubleheader.
Nevada had a 3-0 lead after the first inning on Sam Bias’ homerun. With one out in the top of the first, Kristin Stith and Brittany Puzey each singled and scored on Bias’ team-leading ninth homerun of the season to leftcenter field. With her homerun, Bias tied Jiliane Hartfiel (2004-05) for the program record for most homeruns in a season.
In the top of the third, Stith, who walked earlier in the inning, scored on Bias’ single to rightcenter field. In the same inning, Kym Silagyi hit an infield single, advancing Bias to second. With one out, Vanessa Briones, who was making her first start of the season, walked to load the bases. Katie Stith's groundout allowed Bias to score from third, giving Nevada a 5-0 lead at the end of the third inning.
The Aggies rallied and closed the gap to 5-4 in the bottom of the fourth. Jamie Fife scored on Aubrie Stroman’s double down the rightfield line and Stroman stole home. With one out, Jamie Uragami hit a two-run homerun to centerfield, scoring Tara Evans.
Utah State took a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the fifth as Fife hit a two-run homer over the leftfield fence. Nevada loaded the bases in the top of the sixth but Puzey grounded out to second base to end the inning.
In the sixth, Tara Evans singled and advanced to third after a Pack throwing error. After a Nevada pitching change, Uragami doubled scoring Evans giving the Aggies the 7-5 lead. Nevada put two runners on base in the top of the seventh, but couldn’t get any runners across.
Katie Holverson (7-12) took the loss for Nevada. Holverson, who did not allow a hit until the fourth inning, pitched five innings, allowing seven hits, seven runs (six earned) while striking out two batters. Jordan McPherson pitched the final inning for the Pack allowing one hit. Utah State pitcher Stacey Ellingsworth (2-9), who relieved starter Lexy Perry in the fifth, picked up the win for the Aggies. She threw 2 2/3 innings allowing two hits.
The Pack ended the game with nine hits, including two by Bias and Kelsey Starr, while the Aggies ended the game with eight.
Nevada will host San Jose State in a three-game conference series starting with a doubleheader on Friday, April 13 beginning at 2 p.m. The two teams will then play a single game on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Christina M. Hixson Softball Park.