RENO, Nev. – The Nevada softball team stranded 15 runners in 14 innings as it fell in both ends of a doubleheader at UC Davis on Tuesday.
Nevada saw a 2-0 lead disappear in game one and then saw a comeback attempt fall just short in a 5-4 loss. In game two, the Aggies jumped out to an early lead and Nevada couldn’t get back into the game in a 5-1 loss.
In game one, Nevada staked Darby to a 2-0 lead after the top of the third inning. In the first, Britton Murdock gave Nevada a 1-0 lead with a two-out RBI double to plate Erin Jones. In the third, Danielle Patrick singled home Chelsea Barilli.
But Davis struck for two runs in the bottom of the third to tie things up at 2.
In the sixth, the Aggies broke the game open with three runs – the big blow coming on a pinch-hit, two-run double by Rachel Miller.
But Nevada would not go quietly. The Wolf Pack strung together a couple of hits, starting with as ingle by Jones. Murdock then delivered another double and one batter later, Megan Fincher doubled home Murdock to make it 5-4 with the tying run on second base. But Chelsea Venable grounded out to end the game.
Darby took that loss and fell to 5-8 on the year.
In game two, the Aggies jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first as Kylie Fan ripped a bases-clearing double with two outs off of Darby.
Nevada battled back in the third inning. Chelsea Barilli led off with a bunt single and then stole second. She moved to third on a Karley Hopkins groundout and scored on an Erin Jones single to make it a 3-1 game.
The score stayed the same until the sixth when the Aggies pushed two more across and Nevada couldn’t muster anything further offensively.
Darby suffered the loss and saw her record fall to 5-9.
Nevada will be back in action on Friday as it opens play in the four-team Nevada Classic at Hixson Park. There will be eight games over three days involving Nevada, Boston College, FIU and New Mexico.
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