March 3, 2012
SANTEE, Calif. – The Nevada softball team split a pair of games at the San Diego Classic on Saturday.
The Wolf Pack came from behind to beat the host school San Diego State and then dropped a 4-3 decision to Cal State Northridge. Nevada (5-14) now has seven one-run losses on the year.
The Wolf Pack will wrap up play in the tournament with a game against Cal Poly on Sunday.
Lauren Lastrapes went 3-for-4 with two RBI and Ashley Butera homered to key the win over the Aztecs.
Karlyn Jones (1-2) came on in relief of Bailey Brewer in the fifth and tossed two and a third perfect innings to get her first win at Nevada. Jones struck out five of the seven batters she faced.
San Diego State took the lead in the third with a pair of runs off Nevada starter Bailey Brewer.
The Wolf Pack got one back on Butera’s third home run of the year and second of the weekend. In the sixth, the Pack took the lead when Lastrapes and Sam Puzey each singled and the former scoring on a wild pitch and the latter scoring on Megan Fincher’s sacrifice fly.
Nevada added two more in the seventh on a two-run single by Lastrapes.
Nevada jumped out early against the Matadors with two runs in the first off a two-run triple by Butera, the first triple of her career.
Northridge answered in the bottom of the first with a two-run home run by Alyssa Ray to knot things at 2.
Nevada grabbed the lead again in the top of the second. Megan Fincher led off with a single but was thrown out at the plate on a double by Kortnee Wiley. But Wiley scored on a single by Chelsea Barilli to make it a 3-2 game.
But Northridge got to Mallary Darby again in the second, striking for two runs (one earned) on three hits and an error as Darby was chased from the game, trailing 4-3.
The Wolf Pack had chances but couldn’t muster another run.
Jones was dominant in both games, combining to throw 6.2 innings with 12 strikeouts, no walks and just two hits allowed.