Nevada/San Jose State Box
Nevada/#12 Hawaii Box
FRESNO, Calif. The University of Nevada softball team picked up two wins on Friday to advance to the 2007 WAC Tournament Finals on Saturday. Nevada beat San Jose Sate 2-1 in its first game on Friday before upsetting #12 Hawai`i Friday night, 3-1, in eight innings. With the wins, Nevada improved to 28-30 while the nationally-ranked Rainbow Wahine fell to 46-11.
The fourth-seeded Wolf Pack will face the second-seeded Bulldogs from Fresno State tomorrow beginning at 2 p.m. Nevada, who has one loss in the double-elimination tournament, will need to beat Fresno State twice in the championship series to win the conference title as Fresno State has not lost a game in this season’s tournament.
Game 2 Nevada 3, #12 Hawai`i 1
Brittany Puzey’s first RBI of the WAC Tournament couldn’t have come at a better time as she hit a two-run homerun in the bottom of the eighth to give Nevada a 3-1 win over #12 Hawaii.
Nevada’s Tyler Schafer ledoff the bottom of the first inning with a single to shallow centerfield and advanced to second on Kristin Stith’s sacrifice bunt. Puzey drew a walk to put two runners on for the Pack but after a Nevada popup in foul territory and a flyout to leftfield, Schafer and Puzey were stranded.
Kym Silagyi started the fourth with a single and advanced to second after Kelsey Starr was hit by a pitch. Katie Stith reached on an error to load the bases for the Pack. Michelle Beach reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced on a Hawai`i error, allowing pinch-runner Amanda Wise to score, giving Nevada a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the fifth, Hawai`i loaded the bases on a hit by pitch, a single and a fielder’s choice. With one out, Tanisha Milca reached on a fielder’s choice, which scored Valana Manuma to tie the game at 1-1.
With one out in the top of the seventh, Katie Grimes singled followed by a single up the middle by Milca. But Nevada got Clare Warwick to hit into a double play to end the inning.
With the score tied a 1-1 at the end of seven, the game went into extra innings. Hawai`i loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the eighth before Sam Bias’ diving catch ended the inning with the game still tied at 1-1.
In Nevada’s half of the inning, Kristin Stith drew a lead-off walk before Puzey hit her team-leading 13th homer of the season to give Nevada the 3-1 win.
Jordan McPherson (17-15) threw a complete-game in the win for Nevada. She scattered six hits, allowed one run (earned) and struck out six. Justine Smethurst (17-8) allowed four hits, three runs (two earned) and three walks in the complete-game loss.
Game 1 Nevada 2, San Jose State 1
Nevada’s Kristin Stith drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the fifth as the fourth-seeded Wolf Pack beat the fifth-seeded San Jose State Spartans, 2-1, in an elimination game Friday afternoon at the WAC Tournament in Fresno, Calif.
Nevada’s leadoff batter in the bottom of the first, Tyler Schafer, reached on a fielding error by the San Jose State third baseman and moved into scoring position on Kristin Stith’s sacrifice bunt. With two outs, Sam Bias reached on another fielding error by the San Jose State third baseman and Schafer advanced to third to put runners on the corners for the Pack. During Kym Silagyi’s at bat, San Jose State’s catcher threw the ball to the second, trying to catch Bias stealing, but Bias made it back to first safely and Schafer stole home during the play to give Nevada a 1-0 lead.
For San Jose State, Sarah Smith started the top of the second with a single and two outs later, Liz Robinson singled to shallow leftfield to put two on for San Jose State, but Jordan McPherson struck out Tomiko Matsuno to end the inning.
In the top of the third, Spartan Liz Perez singled, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Dannielle Brown hit a line drive back at McPherson, scoring Perez and tying the game at 1-1.
Nevada threatened in the third as Sarah Hunt reached on an infield single and advanced to second on Schafer’s sacrifice bunt. One out later, Brittany Puzey drew a walk but Bias grounded out to second to end the inning.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the fifth when Nevada retook the lead, 2-1.
With one out in the fifth, Hunt reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to second on Schafer’s single. Kristin Stith’s single down the rightfield line scored Hunt and giving Nevada the one-run lead.
In the top of the seventh, the Spartans put runners on first and second with no outs. Alyssa Sulay’s sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position. McPherson struck out Perez for the second out of the inning and Brown grounded out to third to end the inning and the game with Nevada posting the 2-1 win.
McPherson threw a complete-game for Nevada allowing five hits and one run (earned) while striking out four. Kelly Harrison (8-8) took the loss for San Jose State, allowing four hits and two runs (none earned) in six innings.