RUSTON, LA Pitcher Jordan McPherson threw a complete-game one hitter as the University of Nevada softball team took game one from La Tech, 2-0, Friday night in Ruston, LA. With the win, the Pack improved to 23-29 overall and 7-9 in the WAC, while the Lady Techsters fell to 21-34 overall and 3-10 in the conference.
Nevada’s game at La Tech Friday night was moved from the Lady Techster Softball Complex on the campus of La Tech, to the softball field at Cedar High School due to heavy rains in Ruston on Thursday night. The game was also pushed back two hours to an 8 p.m. CT start.
Nevada went up 1-0 in the top of the second, scoring one run on three hits. With two runners on, Kelsey Starr singled to centerfield scoring Michelle Beach who reached on a fielder’s choice earlier in the inning.
With one out in the fourth, Sam Bias drew a walk and advanced to third on Kym Silagyi’s double down the leftfield line, but both runners were left on base. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Amberly Waits reached on a Nevada error and stole second, but Jordan McPherson struck out Ashley Cameron to end the inning and keep La Tech off the board.
In the top of the fifth, Nevada had two runners in scoring position and plated one run as Sarah Hunt scored on Kristin Stith’s sacrifice fly to leftfield to put the Pack up 2-0.
The Pack held La Tech hitless until Rochelle Sandburg hit a two-out single in the sixth inning for La Tech’s only hit of the game. Nevada ended the game with seven hits including two by Tyler Schafer.
McPherson (15-14) threw seven innings for Nevada. She allowed just one hit, walked one batter and tied her season high, striking out nine batters. Kristi Oliver (16-24) took the loss for La Tech. She threw a complete game, allowed seven hits, two runs (one earned) and issued two walks.
Nevada and La Tech will complete the three-game series tomorrow with a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. PT at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.