April 26, 2014
Reno, Nev. - The San José State University softball team scored the game-winning run in the seventh inning of a Mountain West contest on Saturday to beat the University of Nevada, 7-6.
The win keeps San José State (26-21, 9-8 MW) in sixth place in the Mountain West standings, two games behind conference leader Fresno State (10-5).
Nevada (22-23, 4-13 MW) put up a 3-0 lead after three innings.
But in the top of the fourth, the Spartans were able to take advantage of a Wolf Pack error to bring the score within one. After Jessie Meyer drew a bases-loading walk, Kryn Masutani singled to left field. Nevada's left fielder bobbled the ball, however, and both Erin Rodriguez and Casey Lester were able to go home for the 3-2 score.
In the bottom of the frame, spectacular defense kept the Wolf Pack's lead to one. Sarah Parsons sent the ball sailing to right center. But centerfielder Chelsea Jenner fully extended and made a snow cone catch to get the inning's first out. The Spartans' defense ended the frame in similar fashion. Megan Sweet, who reached on a fielder's choice, took off for second in an attempt to steal. But catcher Kryn Masutani thwarted the effort with a strike to shortstop Alyssa Martinez, covering second, who tagged out Sweet.
Feeding off of its strong defensive effort in the previous inning, San José State snatched the lead from Nevada in the fifth. Erin Rodriguez plated Nicole Schultz with a flyout in left field foul territory. In the next at bat, with runners on second and third, Casey Watt was the second Spartan in as many games to get her first-career homer. She hit the long ball to left field, scoring Jessica Garcia and Alyssa Martinez to give the Spartans a 6-3 lead.
The Wolf Pack tied in up in the bottom of the fifth, however. A fielder's choice and a pair of RBI-singles knotted the score, 6-6.
In the seventh, San José State capitalized on Nevada infield errors again to get the game-winner. Watt knocked a hit to the Wolf Pack second baseman, which she mishandled, giving time for Garcia to score the final 7-6 run.
Lang's record improved to 9-4 following the complete game win. She scattered nine hits, allowed four earned runs, walked five and fanned two batters.
The Spartans posted five hits, and Watt's three-RBI effort led the team.
The Mountain West series finale between San José State and Nevada is tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.