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May 5, 2008
By Nevada Athletics
The Nevada softball team claimed its first Western Athletic Conference regular season championship on Saturday.
The Wolf Pack beat San Jose State 3-2 in game one of a doubleheader to clinch the WAC championship. The Pack swept the Spartans in the doubleheader with a 5-4 win in eight innings to complete the series sweep.
With the title, Nevada earned the No. 1 seed in the WAC Tournament, which begins Wednesday in Honolulu. On Thursday, Nevada will play the winner of Wednesday’s No. 6/7 game, which will be San Jose State against Utah State.
Nevada improved to 40-14 overall and finished the WAC with a 16-2 record. The Pack ran its winning streak to 12 straight games, the longest streak in program history.
Senior Jordan McPherson tossed a complete game in the first game of the day to help Nevada clinch the title. She gave up eight hits and two runs while walking just one and striking out four. McPherson improved to 14-9 on the year.
Nevada got its offense in the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Danielle Patrick, an RBI single from Tyler Schafer and an RBI triple for Noelle Micka.
In game two, Nevada trailed 4-0 before battling back late in the game.
The Wolf Pack made it 4-1 in the sixth inning as Brittany Puzey was hit by a pitch and then scored on Vanessa Briones’ RBI double.
In the seventh, Sam Bias led off with a triple and the Pack loaded the bases with nobody out as Kelsey Starr was hit by a pitch and Kym Silagyi singled. Danielle Patrick grounded out to score Bias and advance the runners before Michelle Beach hit a pinch-hit sacrifice fly to plate Starr and make it a 4-3 game with two outs. Noelle Micka then singled, scoring Silagyi from second and tying the game.
Nevada won it in the eighth as Starr came through with an RBI double with two outs that scored Sam Bias.
That made a winner out of senior Richelle Villescas, who came on in relief of Katie Holverson to get the win. Villescas improved to 7-0 on the season.