Disastrous Second Inning leads Softball to WAC Loss
April 14, 2006
San Jose, Calif. - After going 7-2 at home over the last two weekends, the University of Nevada softball team lost its first of a three-game series to the San Jose State Spartans 6-5 on Friday afternoon. Nevada is now 19-24 overall, 4-3 in the WAC, and goes into the weekend holding the third place spot in the WAC behind Hawai'i and Fresno State and ahead of New Mexico State and San Jose State.
Nevada had a perfect game for six of the seven innings without giving up a single run in that span, but a six-run, seven-hit second inning proved to be the Wolf Pack's downfall. The Pack struck first, putting up one in the first when senior Candice Rainwater (Dana Hills, Calif.) doubled to centerfield with runners on first and second to bring in senior Cindy Elkins (Reno, Nev.) to score.
The Wolf Pack then took out the next five straight batters, but with two out in the bottom of the second inning, San Jose began to hit everything that crossed the plate. After giving up seven hits and earning all six runs, sophomore Jordan McPherson (Simi Valley, Calif.), Nevada's leading pitcher this season, was replaced by Rainwater who finished the remainder of the game. Mcpherson drops to 12-14 on the year, while Rainwater gave up six hits, but not another single run scored.
Without committing any more errors in the game, the Pack mounted a big comeback in the fifth inning scoring four runs with two hits. Spartan pitcher walked back-to-back Nevada runners after a popup out started the inning. With the bases loaded and two outs on the board, freshman Brittany Puzey (Carson City, Nev.) launched a triple out to right field to RBI all three base-runners. Puzey then took advantage of a Spartan mistake scoring on a passed ball. It was the last run Nevada would score with San Jose State retiring the next six straight Pack batters.
Rainwater and Puzey both ended the game 1-3 from the plate while senior Brittany Lorenzen (Henderson, Nev.) was the most effective for the team going 2-3. Overall neither team committed a single error in the game and Nevada stranded only two base-runners on the game compared to the Spartans' who left seven on base. Offensively, San Jose State controlled the game with 13 hits compared to Nevada's five. SJSU's Lewis got the win on the mound, earning four of the five runs while striking-out six improving to 7-5 on the year.
The WAC series will continue Saturday with a double-header between the two team beginning at 12 p.m.