Pack Loses Twice on Day Two in Vegas
LAS VEGAS - The University of Nevada softball team (2-6) fell to Cal State Northridge and Oregon Friday at the 2011 Louisville Slugger desert Classic.
The Wolf Pack's first game was a slugfest, as the Matadors of CSUN got a win by the slimmest margin, 9-8.
Karley Hopkins homered twice against CSUN, including a line-drive shot to right-center to lead off the bottom half of the first. Lauren Lastrapes was 4-4 in the first tilt and scored two runs.
Bailey Brewer took the loss and fell to 0-3 on the season, but that didn't stop her from helping her own cause. She clubbed a three-run home run in the second inning in her first collegiate at bat.
Nevada led 5-4 after two innings and 7-5 after three, but two runs from CSUN in the top of the fourth and fifth would be enough to get the victory. Scoring once in the bottom of the seventh, Nevada brought the tying run to the plate, but fell just short of the comeback.
Oregon defeated Nevada 12-4 in five innings, collecting seven hits and drawing nine walks from the Nevada pitching staff.
Mallary Darby took the loss and dropped to 2-3 on the year.
All four of Nevada's runs came via the home run, as Lauren Lastrapes hit her second of the year in the top of the first inning. Britton Murdock homered in the top of the fifth. Both were two-run home runs.
Nevada will close out play at the Classic with two games on Saturday against Portland State at 9 a.m. and Utah at 11:15 a.m. Both games will be at Stephanie Lynn Craig Park.