FRESNO, Calif. New Mexico State pitcher Kim Watson held Nevada to just one hit as the third-seeded Aggies beat the fourth-seeded University of Nevada softball team 4-0 in the Pack’s opening game of the 2007 WAC Tournament in Fresno, Calif. With the loss, Nevada falls to 25-30 this season while New Mexico State improves to 31-25.
For the Aggies, Ashley Frisby doubled to centerfield to start the second. Jenavieve Purcell, who pinch ran for Frisby, advanced to third on Angie Ortega’s sacrifice bunt. Colleen Kimbro reached on a fielder’s choice and Purcell slid into home just ahead of catcher Katie Stith’s tag to put New Mexico State up 1-0.
Kym Silagyi recorded Nevada’s only hit of the game in the top of the fifth, a single to rightfield. Kelsey Starr’s sacrifice bunt moved Silagyi to second but the next two Pack batters recorded outs to end the inning.
With two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth, Ortega hit a groundball to Nevada shortstop Sam Bias. As Bias went to field the ball, it looked as if New Mexico State base runner Ashley Roszkos obstructed Bias and two runners scored. However, the umpire allowed the runs, giving the Aggies a 3-1 lead. Frisby scored New Mexico State’s fourth run of the game after a Nevada fielding error.
Nevada pitcher, Jordan McPherson (15-15) took the loss for Nevada. She threw 5.0 innings allowed three hits, four runs (one earned) and struck out five. Katie Holverson relieved McPherson and pitched the final inning of the game for Nevada giving up two hits. Watson (19-14) threw a complete-game one-hitter for the Aggies.
New Mexico State finished the game with five hits while Nevada ended with one. The Pack committed three errors in the loss.
#4 Nevada will play the loser of the #1 Hawai`i/#7 La Tech game tomorrow night at 6:15 p.m. at the double-elimination tournament.