Feb. 25, 2012
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Junior Megan Fincher ripped a single into left to score Caylin Campbell from third and give the Nevada softball team a 3-2 walk-off victory over San Diego on Saturday at the Gaucho Classic.
The win gave the Wolf Pack (4-10) a split on the day after Nevada dropped another tough one-run decision in the first game with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of No. 23 Houston.
Nevada will take on UC Santa Barbara, the host school, on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. to conclude play in the event.
Mallary Darby got the win over USD as the senior scattered six hits and allowed just two runs – only one earned – while striking out four and walking none. She evened her record at 4-4 on the season.
Nevada had to come back to beat USD. A scoreless game going into the fifth, Nevada committed two errors in the top of the fifth to allow both Torero runs to score.
The Wolf Pack got one back in the bottom of the inning when it loaded the bases with three walks and then got a sacrifice fly from Sara Parson to cut the deficit to 2-1.
In the seventh, Caylin Campbell led off with a single. Lauren Lastrapes then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Campbell to second but the throw went into right field and everyone was safe, with Campbell on third and Lastrapes on second.
One batter later, Fincher delivered the heroic s with a single through the left side. The 3-2 decision was the fourth straight one-run game but the first victory in the stretch.
Against No. 23 Houston, the Pack battled throughout but came up short against the Cougars. Houston scored both of its runs with two outs – an RBI single in the fourth and a solo home run in the fifth.
Nevada got its run in the sixth when Karley Hopkins walked, moved to second on a groundout and scored on a single by Lastrapes. The Wolf Pack was robbed when Ashley Butera sent a drive to center but Houston’s Ashleigh Jones made the catch at the top of the wall.
Sophomore Bailey Brewer made the start against Houston and pitched well, going the distance and allowing just six hits and the two runs while striking out three and walking just one.