Nevada Drops A Pair At Wolf Pack Classic

RENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada softball team dropped a 3-2 heartbreaker to DePaul on Saturday in the Wolf Pack Classic at Hixson Park. Nevada then fell 11-4 to Boston College in its second game of the day.

With the losses, Nevada fell to 4-14 on the year.

The tournament concludes Sunday with Nevada taking on Boston College at 12:45 p.m. A game between BC and DePaul previously scheduled for Sunday morning was canceled due to conflicts with DePaul’s travel plans.

The Wolf Pack was in control against DePaul, a perennial NCAA Tournament team, throughout the contest until the Blue Demons tied the game in the seventh inning on a two-run shot and won it on a solo home run.

Nevada, the designated visiting team in the game, broke a scoreless tie in tie in the top of the fourth inning. With one out, Britton Murdock singled up the middle and stole second base. Lauren Lastrapes then doubled down the left-field line to plate Murdock and give Nevada a 1-0 lead. After Megan Fincher walked, Chelsea Venable then singled to load the bases. Kortnee Wiley’s sacrifice fly scored Lastrapes and gave Nevada a 2-0 lead.

Mallary Darby got the start for Nevada and cruised until the seventh. She struck out three and walked three. In the seventh, Linsey Ciezki reached on an error with one out. Kirsten Verdun then homered off Darby to tie the game. After Darby retired Allie to move within an out of going to extra innings, Katelyn Braget hit the game-winner to left-center.

In the Pack’s second game of the day, Boston College’s offense proved to be too much.

The Eagles scored twice in the first off of Ariel Craig but Nevada came back in the bottom of the first to get a run back. Karley Hopkins walked and moved to second on an Erin Jones groundout. With two outs, Britton Murdock doubled to left field to score Hopkins and cut BC’s lead to 2-1.

Nevada tied it in the second inning as the Pack loaded the bases on a walk, a Venable single and a fielder’s choice. Chelsea Barilli then drew a bases-loaded walk to plate Megan Fincher and the game was tied at 2. But the next three Nevada batters went down in order and the Pack left the bases loaded.

Boston College then pushed three across in the third and four more in the fourth to effectively take control of the game, 9-2.

Nevada did come back in the fifth and score twice in the bottom of the fifth inning but the Eagles went on to the win.

In the first game of the day, a pair of DePaul pitchers combined on a no-hitter in an 8-0 win over Boston College. Kirsten Verdun started and went five innings to get the win. She struck out two and gave up one walk, the only blemish of the game. Bree Brown pitched two perfect innings of relief to finish the no-hitter.