Doubleheader Split Starts Final Weekend for Softball
May 5, 2006
Reno, Nev. - The University of Nevada split a doubleheader with Louisiana Tech on Friday, losing 11-2 and then winning 14-9 beginning the final weekend of play at Idlewild Park this season. Nevada is now 27-29 (8-8 WAC) while Louisiana Tech is at 18-28 (6-10 WAC) with one game left in the series.
Nevada struggled to get into it game early on in game one. The Wolf Pack gave up three of its four errors in the first inning alone, allowing the Lady Techster's to score the first run of the game. By the time the Pack scored in the bottom of the third inning, La Tech was already up 4-1. The Lady Techster's committed only two errors of their own, while out-hitting the Pack 11-2.
The first run of the game for the Pack came in the third inning off a single from freshman Brittany Puzey (Carson City, Nev.). Puzey was the fourth batter of the inning and was able to bring in sophomore Tyler Schafer (Star, Idaho) for the lone run of the inning. While Louisiana Tech scored three runs in the top three innings, and seven in the bottom three, Nevada managed only one other run to allow the NCAA's eight-run rule to take effect and bring the early end to the game. The final Pack run came after senior Candice Rainwater (Dana Hills, Calif.) doubled and was brought in by a single by freshman Kymberly Silagyi (Chino, Calif.).
Nevada's traditional power pitcher, sophomore Jordan McPherson (Simi Valley, Calif.) struggled in her start of the first game taking the loss, dropping to 17-18 on the year. McPherson pitched four complete innings, tallying six strikeouts but earned five runs with five hits. Rainwater came on in relief of McPherson to pitch the fifth and sixth innings, also earned five runs and gave up six hits.
The second game of the matchup was a complete different performance for the Pack. Nevada found a renewed energy in the 14-9 victory, scoring eight runs in the first three innings. Although La Tech scored first off a solo homerun in the bottom of the first inning, Nevada seemed in control in the first half of the game.
After two sacrifice plays help an on-base Schafer advance to third, senior Brittany Lorenzen (Henderson, Nev.) singled to tie the game at 1-1. Lorenzen had an amazing performance in the game, going a perfect 5-5 at bat, with two runs and three RBI. Silagyi brought in two more runs with a dramatic centerfield single, midway through the bottom of the second inning to score freshman Sarah Hunt (Reno, Nev.) and senior Kari Stockstill (Huntington Beach, Calif.).
Nevada opened up their led in the third, scoring five runs on five hits. All five runs of the inning were scored on two homeruns by seniors. The first came from a two-run shot by Rainwater, putting one over the left field fence with Lorenzen on first. A few batters later, Lindsey Hall (Avondale, Ariz.) took a three run shot deep to left field just barely inside the foul marker. With her homer, Rainwater tied Lorenzen for the team lead with eight each, while Hall got her third of the season.
The Lady Techsters didn't stay down, however, tying the game in the top of the fifth inning at eight. Nevada turned around and answered right back in the bottom of the fifth four runs and five hits, including three consecutive doubles. Hall started it all off with a leadoff single and after a fly out to centerfield Schafer singled. Hall and Schafer later singled with two outs on the board in the first of three doubles, first by Puzey. Puzey then scored on a double by Lorenzen and she then scored on a double by Rainwater.
The final seal came in the bottom of the sixth when senior Cindy Elkins (Reno, Nev.) led off with a solo homerun. Silagyi later scored from second base off a single by Lorenzen. Rainwater was the winning pitcher, improving to 8-8 on the year giving up 10 hits in five innings of worked. McPherson came on in relief to help close it out in the last two innings, giving up just one run and four hits.
The final game of the series will be played at 2 p.m. at Idlewild Park on Saturday. Being the final home game of the season, Nevada will honor its first senior class of four-year Pack players after have reinstated the program in 2003 after a 13-year hiatus of the program. the seven seniors, are Rainwater, Lorenzen, Stockstill, Hall, Elkins in addition to Ashley Ablahani (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Robyn Ford-Feitz(Mission Viejo, Calif.) will be honored prior to the announcements of the starting lineups at tomorrow's game.