McPherson Tosses Three-Hit Shutout
HONOLULU Jordan McPherson tossed a complete-game three-hitter to lead the Nevada softball team to a 5-0 win over San Jose State on Thursday at the Western Athletic Conference Tournament.
The win was Nevada’s 13th in a row and propelled the top-seeded Wolf Pack into the next round of the tournament where the team will face fourth-seeded Louisiana Tech on Friday at 5 p.m. (Pacific). Nevada, ranked 17th and 20th in the national polls, improved to 41-14 overall.
McPherson walked four and struck out four and kept the Spartan hitters off balance the whole game. She threw 113 pitches in improving to 15-9 overall on the season.
Freshman Noelle Micka went 2-for-3 with a run and three RBI in the game. Fellow freshman Danielle Patrick went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI.
McPherson got out of a bases loaded jam in the second inning. The Spartans had the bags full with one out but McPherson caught an Ashley Wagner line drive and then fired to first to double off Kasey Igarta and get out of the inning unscathed.
Nevada then jumped on top in the bottom of the second. A leadoff double by Sam Bias got things started. Kelsey Starr then reached on an error by the shortstop. A wild pitch from Spartan starter Deanna Mauer moved both runners up. Freshman Danielle Patrick later delivered a bullet to right field that scored Bias and Starr to give Nevada a 2-0 lead.
Freshman Noelle Micka then hit a two-run home run to right-center, with the ball hitting the top of the fence and bouncing over for the round-tripper. That gave Nevada a 4-0 lead and it was all the offense the Pack would need.
Nevada added a single run in the fifth inning as Micka came through with an RBI single.
NOTES: Micka’s second-inning home run marked the 42nd home run of the season for Nevada. That breaks the team record of 41 set in 2005 ... Nevada had nine hits in the game and also set the school record in hits as the Pack now has 480 on the season. The record was 474 set in 2004 ... Micka broke Nevada’s single-season record for total bases (117), eclipsing Brittany Puzey’s 2007 mark of 113 ... The shutout was Nevada’s 11th of the season ... Micka tied Nevada’s single-season record for runs with her 41st run of the year, matching Jiliane Hartfiel (2004).