FRESNO, Calif. The University of Nevada softball team made a second inning three-run homerun by Katie Stith standup as the #4 Pack beat the #7 La Tech Lady Techsters 3-2 at the WAC Softball Tournament in Fresno, Calif., Thursday night. With the win, Nevada improved to 26-30 overall and will face the winner of the New Mexico State/San Jose State game tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.
To leadoff the second, Kym Silagyi reached on a fielding error by the La Tech shortstop and stole second. The stolen base was Silagyi’s team-leading 14th of the season, tying her with Jiliane Hartfiel (2004-05) for most stolen bases in a season. The Pack’s next batter, Kelsey Starr, reached on a La Tech fielding error and Silagyi advanced to third. With no outs in the second, Katie Stith cleared the bases with a homerun over the leftfield fence, her second homer of the season.
La Tech scored a run in the bottom of the second as Carly White drove in Ashley Cameron with a single up the middle to cut Nevada’s lead to 3-1. In the bottom of the fourth, the Lady Techsters loaded the bases and cut Nevada’s lead to 3-2. With the bases still loaded and one out, Katie Holverson relieved Nevada starter Jordan McPherson and got Pack out of the inning with a strikeout and a groundout.
In the top of the sixth, Sam Bias hit a one-out triple off the top of the leftfield fence but was stranded at third, one of four Nevada players left on base during the game.
Nevada took its 3-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh. Amberly Waits, the leadoff hitter in the seventh, singled to start the inning. Two outs later, Waits stole second but the last batter of the inning popped up to Holverson to end the game.
Holverson (11-14) picked up the win for Nevada. She threw 3.2 innings, scattered two hits and struckout five. Krissi Oliver (17-27) took the loss for the Lady Techsters. She threw a complete-game and allowed five hits and three runs (one earned).
Nevada ended the game with five hits while La Tech finished with nine.