Feb. 12, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. – In a game that ended almost a day after it began, the University of Nevada softball team beat UC Davis 6-3 to earn its first win of the 2012 season Sunday. Although it was completed Sunday morning, the game began Saturday afternoon and was suspended due to darkness.
With the win, the Wolf Pack improved to 1-2. UC Davis fell to 0-3.
In her second start of the season, Mallary Darby went seven complete and leveled her record at 1-1 with the victory. She gave up five hits and three earned runs, striking out six Aggie hitters.
The first two innings at La Rue field went by without much noise from either team. In the top of the third though, Nevada moved a runner into scoring position with less than two outs. Molly McWilliams was stranded at third when Caylin Campbell was called out of the batter’s box when she fouled off a 1-1 delivery from Jessica Thweatt.
UC Davis pushed three runs across on three hits in the third. They were the beneficiary of two wild pitches in the inning.
Responding in the bottom of the third, the Pack got on the board when Sara Parsons drove in Sam Puzey with a single up the middle. Molly McWilliams followed Parsons with a five-pitch walk to load the bases. A spectacular defensive play by Thweatt took a single away from Alex Arciniega and ended the inning.
Darby breezed through the fourth when play resumed, retiring the Aggies in order on only six pitches. With runners on second and third in the top of the fifth, Puzey singled into center field scoring Campbell from second to pull the Pack to within one.
In a wild top of the sixth that saw three pitching changes from UC Davis and timely hitting from Nevada, the Pack scored four times on three singles. It also drew three walks in the inning.
Parsons drew a walk on four pitches to lead off the frame and advanced to second on an illegal pitch by Melanie Russell, who entered the game after the free pass to Parsons. On the next pitch, McWilliams singled up the middle to score Parsons and level the game at three.
Two batters later, Lauren Lastrapes drove in her second run of the season on a single to right field. She plated McWilliams on a 2-0 delivery to put the Pack ahead for the first time this season. Russell continued to struggle with Puzey at the plate, sending a pitch high and off JJ Wagner’s catching glove to score Campbell from third. With Kasie Cochran in the circle, the tune remained the same, as Puzey singled to right to score Lastrapes and make the score 6-3 in favor of the Pack.
Thweatt re-entered the game to record the third out.
With a sense of gritty determination in the circle, Darby worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam to get the Pack to the seventh inning up by three.
Parsons was hit by a pitch to begin the seventh and stole second base on the second pitch to McWilliams. With Parsons at third and two outs, Karley Hopkins grounded out to the pitcher to end the inning.
Darby retired the Aggies in order in the seventh.