Feb. 10, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - The University of Nevada softball team opened its 2012 season by falling 4-0 to Boise State in the first game of the Aggie Stampede Friday.
The loss dropped Nevada to 0-1, while Boise State improved to 2-0. The Broncos defeated Loyola Marymount 3-0 earlier in the day.
Mallary Darby started in the circle for the Wolf Pack, the designated home team, and retired the first two Bronco hitters before allowing a walk. She retired Allie Crump in the four spot to get out of the first unscathed. Crump grounded out to Karley Hopkins at shortstop. She made a barehanded play to retire Boise State's designated player.
Caylin Campbell walked in the bottom of the first to become Nevada's first base runner of 2012, but was stranded there after Crump worked around the one-out free pass. Darby followed a scoreless first with a one, two, three inning second, striking out two Bronco hitters.
In the top of the third, the Broncos plated three runners on one hit, with the Pack unable to respond in the bottom half of the frame. Another run in the top of the fourth, coming on two hits, made the score 4-0 BSU after four and a half.
Megan Fincher singled into left to lead off the bottom of the fifth, but was doubled off first when Sara Parsons lined out to second base. Parsons hit sixth in the Nevada lineup Friday and played center field. Following the double play, Chelsea Venable drew a walk on seven pitches and was pinch run for by Kortnee Wiley. Molly McWilliams singled into center for her first collegiate hit, but Nevada left two runners on to trail 4-0 after five. She was the only Wolf Pack newcomer to start the contest, playing third.
A tough hop cost Campbell an error in the sixth, but Darby worked out of trouble, keeping the Pack close.
Karley Hopkins, who led off on Friday as she did during her freshman campaign, singled down the right field line to begin the Nevada half of the sixth.
Snake bitten by line-drive outs throughout the day, the second and third outs of the sixth were no different for Nevada. With one out, Lauren Lastrapes lined out hard to second base, forcing Hopkins to scramble back to the bag. With two down, Sam Puzey ripped a 1-1 pitch right at Boise State shortstop Jordan Kreiger to end the inning.
Parsons drew a one-out walk in the seventh, but Nevada was unable to mount a comeback as pinch-hitter Ashley Butera and McWilliams were set down to end the game. Darby went seven innings, gave up six hits, one earned run and struck out two.
The Pack will return to action with two games on Saturday, taking on the Broncos at 9 a.m. and host UC Davis at 3 p.m.