RENO, Nev. The University of Nevada softball team scored a season-high 14 runs on 14 hits to take the final game of a three-game conference series with New Mexico State 14-4 (5) Saturday afternoon at the Christina M. Hixson Softball Park. With the win, the Pack improved to 22-29 overall and 6-9 in the WAC, while the Aggies fell to 24-24 and 6-9 in the WAC.
In the bottom of the first, Kristin Stith hit a one-out single to centerfield and advanced to third on Brittany Puzey’s double off the leftfield fence to put two runners in scoring position. One out later, Kym Silagyi hit a hard shot to the New Mexico State first baseman. Silagyi’s hit went just beyond the outstretched glove of the first baseman and both Kristin Stith and Puzey scored to put Nevada up 2-0.
In the bottom of the third, Sam Bias reached safely after a throwing error by the New Mexico State shortstop. Bias advanced to second after Silagyi hit a single up the middle. Both runners advanced on Michelle Beach’s sacrifice bunt. Katie Stith reached safely after a throwing error by the Aggies’ pitcher and advanced to third on the play, scoring both Bias and Silagyi. Kelsey Starr doubled to leftcenter, driving in Katie Stith and giving Nevada a 5-0 lead.
After an Aggie pitching change, Amanda Wise was hit by the pitch and both Starr and Wise advanced on a wild pitch. After another Aggie pitching change, Schafer walked to load the bases. The New Mexico State pitcher walked the next Pack batter, Kristin Stith, which scored Starr. With one out and the bases still loaded in the bottom of the third, Puzey cleared the bases with the Pack’s first grand slam of the season, giving Nevada a 10-0 lead.
Nevada pitcher Tiffany Hoeft-Bass relieved starter Jordan McPherson in the top of the fourth inning. The first two New Mexico State batters singled and scored on Ashley Frisby’s homerun that was just inside the leftfield foul pole, cutting Nevada’s lead to 10-3. McPherson re-entered the game as pitcher for Nevada with no outs in the fourth.
The Aggies continued to threaten in the fourth. With one out in the inning they loaded the bases but McPherson struckout the next two batters to end the inning.
The Aggies added a run in the top of the fifth as Ashley Roszkos, who singled earlier in the inning, scored from third after a Nevada throwing error to bring the score to 10-4. With one out in the fifth, New Mexico State had two runners in scoring position but McPherson struckout the final two batters of the inning.
Nevada scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to post a 14-4 run-rule victory. Katie Stith’s double scored Bias and Starr’s three-run homer to leftcenter scored Katie Stith and Beach.
Jordan McPherson (14-14) earned the win for Nevada. She threw 5.0 innings allowing five hits, one run (not earned) while striking out six. Kim Watson (16-13) took the loss for the Aggies. She threw 4.0 innings allowing 12 hits, 10 runs (two earned) and recording five strikeouts.
Nevada recorded 14 hits while New Mexico State ended the game with eight. Four Pack players, Kristin Stith (2-for-3, two runs, one RBI), Brittany Puzey (3-for-4, two runs, four RBI), Kym Silagyi (3-for-4, one run, two RBI) and Kelsey Starr (3-for-3, two runs and four RBI) ended the game with multiple hits.
Nevada will have the weekend of April 27-29 off before closing out regular season play with a three-game conference series at La Tech on May 4-5. The Pack will then travel to Fresno, Calif. for the 2007 WAC Tournament hosted by Fresno State, May 10-12.