The University of Nevada softball team pounded out 15 hits and scored eight runs to beat the visiting St. Mary's Gaels 8-2 Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Nevada Tournament. With the win, the Pack improves to 14-24 this season and has won six straight. Nevada recorded a 4-0 record in the Tournament.
The Pack had a 2-0 lead at the end of the second inning. In the first, Tyler Schafer led off with a single and advanced to second on Kristin Stith's sacrifice bunt. One out later, Sam Bias singled to second base, scoring Schafer. Sarah Hunt started the second inning with a single and later scored on a throwing error by the St. Mary's second baseman.
Hunt would drive in two runners in the third, as she blasted a homerun to leftfield, scoring Michelle Beach. The Pack added two more runs in the fourth as Kym Silagyi doubled down the leftfield line, scoring Bias. Silagyi scored Nevada's sixth run of the game on Beach's sacrifice fly to right field.
In the bottom of the fifth, Kelsey Starr scored on an error by the Gaels' second baseman to put the Pack up 7-0. St. Mary's scored two runs in the top of the sixth, a two-RBI double by Lauren Mello. Nevada added its final run of the game in the sixth inning, as Amanda Wise's single to the pitcher scored Silagyi.
Nevada's starting pitcher, Jordan McPherson (8-12) got the win for Nevada, pitching four innings. She struck out four, allowed just one hit and did not allow a run or any walks. Tiffany Hoeft-Bass replaced McPherson at the beginning of the fifth inning. She allowed six hits, two runs (both earned) and one walk. Megan Galloway (3-6) pitched a complete game for St. Mary's. She allowed 15 hits, eight runs (five earned), four walks while striking out two.
The Pack ended the game with 15 hits, including a game-high three by Wise. Schafer, Bias, Sialgyi, Beach, Hunt and Starr each ended the game with two hits for Nevada.
Nevada will travel to Utah for a non-conference doubleheader with Utah Valley State on April 5 at 2 p.m. The Pack will then take on Utah State in a three-game conference series beginning on April 6 at 3 p.m. All times are MT.