Nevada softball stays perfect with win at Lamar

Friday, September 2, 2011

Jason Peake

Daily-Mail Sports Editor

LAMAR -- In a showdown of undefeated softball teams, the Nevada Tigers came out on top.

Tiffani Long's big day at the plate and Christian Novak's solid pitching performance propelled Nevada to an 11-0 win over host Lamar on a steamy Thursday.

"I think we came out excited and ready to play," Nevada Coach Tammy Holcomb said. "We knew it was going to be a tough game."

A senior shortstop, Long had five RBIs on four hits, including a home run. Nine different players had a base hit for Nevada. Mackenzie Pritchett drove in two runs and Tori Dahmer had one RBI. Nikki O'Bryan and JaLynn Heckadon had two hits apiece.

"We've been working on hitting to produce some offense," Holcomb said. "We don't want too much pressure on one person. I think that's helped us a lot."

A junior pitcher, Novak struck out 15, walked none and allowed just four hits in seven innings on the hill.

Nevada scored once in the first against Lamar starter Emmy Robertson on an RBI single by Long, scoring O'Bryan.

In the third, O'Bryan scored from third on a wild pitch. Long then hit a two-run homer over the fence in center to make it 4-0.

Nevada added to its lead in the fifth. Olivia Culbertson singled to start things off. After Long was retired, Ashley Shumaker reached on a fielder's choice. Dahmer then hit an RBI single. Casey Barker then singled to load the bases. After Victoria Culbertson was retired, Lamar couldn't field Heckadon's grounder and two runs scored on the error, making it 7-0.

Nevada extended the lead in the sixth. Pritchett walked and Olivia Culbertson reached on a dropped third strike. Long then hit an RBI single to make it 8-0.

Lamar (3-1) had a chance to get on the board in the sixth, but a double play ended the inning when Pritchett made a sliding catch near second base and then got the force out.

Singles by Victoria Culbertson, Heckadon and O'Bryan loaded the bases in the top of the seventh. Pritchett then slapped a two-run single to make it 10-0. Long then drove in a run later in the inning on an infield single, giving Nevada the 11-0 cushion.

Lamar had two bloop singles in the seventh, but Novak retired the side to secure the victory. Nevada is now 8-0 on the season.

The Tigers have had a busy week, with seven games this week. And after the busy week, the team's record is still unblemished. Coach Holcomb was already looking ahead.

"We're looking past this one already and thinking about Mac County," she said. "It should be a tough game."

Nevada hosts McDonald County on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Note: The JV score from Thursday was unavailalbe at press time. The NHS JV team had two wins this week, 13-12 and 9-6.

Thursday's result: Nevada 11, Lamar 0

NEV 103 031 3 -- 11 14 0

LAM 000 000 0 -- 0 4 3

WP: Novak. LP: Robertson.

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