Nevada baseball rolls; softball upset

Nevada baseball rolls; softball upset

Appeal Staff Report

RENO - Nevada spotted visiting Sacramento State five runs in the first two innings and then roared back for a 14-5 Western Athletic Conference victory Friday night at Peccole Park.

Nevada improved to 29-19 overall and 16-9 in the WAC, Nevada trails Fresno State, an 11-3 winner over San Jose State, by one game.

Rod Scurry gave up five runs, four earned, in the first two innings to pick up his fifth win of the season. He fanned seven and walked two.

Jason Sadoian was the hitting star, going 4-for-6, including two homers. He scored twice and drove in three runs. Mike Hale also homered for the Pack, while designated hitter Terry Walsh drove in three runs.

With the game tied at 5, Nevada scored twice in the fourth and twice in the sixth to take command.

Walsh made it 6-5 with an infield out to third and freshman Nick Leid had a run-scoring triple. In the sixth, Walsh walked and Hale homered to make it 9-5.

LA TECH EDGES NEVADA SOFTBALL

HONOLULU - The top-seeded Nevada softball team fell Friday afternoon to upstart Louisiana Tech 4-3 in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament.

The loss dropped Nevada into the loser's bracket. Nevada, 41-15, played a second game Friday night, but results were unavailable at press time.

The teams were tied at 3 heading into the seventh inning. Louisiana Tech, the fourth seed, got a leadoff single from Kylie Bassett, who later scored from second base on a two-out single by Summer Young.

Katie Holverson took the loss for Nevada despite striking out eight. She walked one and gave up six hits.

Just like the Pack's first game of the tournament, Nevada got on the board in the second inning.

A leadoff single by Britton Murdock got it started. After Sam Bias struck out, Kelsey Starr singled. Kym Silagyi then reached on an error to give the Pack a bases-loaded, one-out situation. Danielle Patrick's ground ball scored Murdock and Nevada took a 1-0 lead.

Lousiana Tech came back to take the lead, however, with three runs in the bottom of the third.

The teams played a scoreless fourth before Nevada broke through again in the fifth inning.

Silagyi drew a walk with one out to start the threat. Tyler Schafer then laid down a beautiful bunt down the third-base line and beat it out for a single. Noelle Micka then walked to load the bases for Brittany Puzey, who delivered a two-run single to center field. That tied the game, but Nevada would not score again.

TRACK TEAM IN DAVIS

The University of Nevada track and field team will compete in the Aggie Twilight today at UC Davis.

"This is the final tune up before the 2008 WAC championships," head coach Shantel Twiggs said. "We have gotten a couple weeks of good solid training and we are putting together the mental aspect as we prepare for the WAC championships."

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