Softball Swept at San Jose State
April 15, 2006
San Jose, Calif. - The University of Nevada softball team dropped to 4-5 in WAC play after losing two games at San Jose State on Saturday. Nevada kept it close with the Spartans losing 1-0 and 3-2 putting them at 19-26 overall for the season with SJSU at 18-20, 7-4 in the WAC.
The two teams were in a deadlock for much of the first game with the only single run coming from the Spartans in the bottom of the sixth inning. Both teams committed one error, stranded three baserunners and the Wolf Pack lead the game with two hits over the Spartans' one. Sophomore Jordan McPherson (Simi Valley, Calif.) bounced back from her uncharacteristic loss Friday night on the mound. McPherson dropped to 12-15, but gave up just one hit, the single run was unearned and struckout six.
The Spartans' Sarah Taylor broke the faceoff in the bottom of the sixth when she struck a triple up centerfield as the leadoff hitter of the inning. Taylor made it to third off the hit, but an error by Pack freshman Sarah Hunt (Reno, Nev.) gave Taylor the opportunity to get the run. Hunt was playing shortstop Friday, but usually plays at second base.
The offenses on both teams got a little more lively in the later game. McPherson again pitched for Nevada, and again didn't earn a single run, but struck out two and gave up seven hits. San Jose has to use a relief pitcher late in the game, but Regina Farfan started the game and got the win in 4.2 innings with one strikeout and five hits.
As it did in the first game of the Series Friday night, Nevada struck first putting up a run in its first at-bat in the top of the first inning. As the second batter of the game, Hunt made up for her error in the first game with a single up the middle. After a sacrifice out got her to second senior Kari Stockstill (Huntington Beach, Calif.) hit a single of her own to bring in Hunt for the score.
San Jose soon took a one-run lead after scoring two runs of its own in the bottom of the third inning. The Pack tied it back up in the bottom of the seventh inning after sophomore Tyler Schafer (Star, Idaho) got on base, and advanced again later, on a wild pitch. Schafer scored when freshman Brittany Puzey (Carson City, Nev.) singled to right field. Nevada got the tie run, but would end the inning with two runners on base. The Spartans saved extra innings when pinch runner Dannielle Brown scored off an error by Stockstill at first base.
Nevada will continue its WAC road swing next weekend when it takes on the Aggies of New Mexico State in Las Cruces. The teams will play in Las Cruces at 6 p.m. on Friday April 22 and in a double-header at 1 p.m. Saturday.