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Game 2 Box
RENO, Nev. The University of Nevada softball team fell 2-1 to San Jose State in game one Friday afternoon before rebounding to beat the Spartans 3-0 in game two of a doubleheader at the Christina M. Hixson Softball Park. Nevada improved to 19-26 overall and 4-7 in the WAC while San Jose State fell to 19-20 overall and 4-7 in the conference.
There is a time change for the final game between Nevada and San Jose tomorrow, Saturday, April 14. The game tomorrow will be at 11 a.m. at the Christina M. Hixson Softball Park.
Game 1 SJSU 2, Nevada 1
Nevada put a run on the board in the bottom of the first when Brittany Puzey drove in Tyler Schafer. Schafer ledoff the inning with a single, advanced to second on Kristin Stith’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Puzey’s team-leading 14th double of the season.
San Jose State tied the game at 1-1 in the fourth as Sarah Smith took Jordan McPherson’s first pitch of the at bat over the leftfield fence. Still in the fourth, the Spartans took the lead as Tomiko Matsuno singled to leftfield, scoring Kasey Igarta to give San Jose State a 2-1 advantage.
Nevada rallied in the bottom of the sixth as Sarah Hunt and Schafer each singled, but the next three Pack batters recorded outs to end the inning and Nevada went down in order in the bottom of the seventh.
McPherson (11-13) pitched a complete game for Nevada. She allowed just five hits, two runs (one earned), while striking out four. Roxanne Bajarano (13-10) picked up the win for the Spartans, throwing seven innings. She allowed five hits, one earned run and recorded four strikeouts.
Schafer ended the game 2-for-3 with one run, while Hunt finished the game 2-for-2. Both teams ended the game with five hits.
Game 2 Nevada 3, SJSU 0
Nevada bounced back from a game one loss to beat the Spartans 3-0 in the second game of a doubleheader with San Jose State.
The Pack broke open a scoreless game in the bottom of the fifth when Kelsey Starr gave Nevada a 1-0 lead with her solo homerun to left centerfield.
Nevada added to its lead in the next inning to take a 3-0 lead. With one out, Sam Bias singled and advanced to second on a throwing error by the Spartan shortstop. Kym Silagyi added an infield single, advancing Bias to third. Silagyi stole second and both runners scored on Michelle Beach’s single to rightfield.
Kasey Igarta singled up the middle in the top of the seventh but Katie Holverson struck out the final three batters of the game as Nevada recorded the 3-0 victory.
Nevada ended the game with six hits, including two by Silagyi, while the Spartans ended the game with four.
Holverson (8-12) picked up the win for Nevada, throwing a complete game. She allowed just four hits, did not allow a run and struck out five. Kelly Harrison (6-6) took the loss for San Jose State. She threw six innings, allowed six hits and three earned runs.
Nevada and San Jose State will close out the three-game series tomorrow with a single game at 11 a.m. at the Christina M. Hixson Softball Park. Fans are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and are welcome to sit behind the outfield fence along the first and third base lines.