March 11, 2012
RENO, Nev. - Chelsea Barilli laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to score Megan Fincher from third and give Nevada a 7-6 walk-off victory in extra innings against San Diego on Sunday in the Wolf Pack Classic.
The win gave Nevada (8-20) a split as the Pack fell to Wisconsin 7-1 in the first game.
Nevada trailed 6-0 in game two to San Diego but the Wolf Pack fought back and tied things up. The Pack started the comeback with a big fourth inning in which Nevada scored five runs on just one hit - a triple by Caylin Campbell with the bases loaded.
In the fifth, Nevada tied things up. Sara Parsons ripped a two-out double and two batters later, Bailey Brewer singled down the left field line to score Parsons.
Meanwhile, Karlyn Jones, in relief of Brewer, was holding the Toreros at bay. Jones pitched 4.1 innings of two-hit scoreless ball to earn the win and improve to 2-4 on the year.
The teams played a scoreless sixth and seventh innings before going to the international tie-breaker in the eighth. Jones took USD down 1-2-3 in the top of the inning.
In the bottom of the eighth, Kortnee Wiley pinch-hit and sacrificed Fincher to third. Then Barilli laid down the squeeze and Fincher scored to win it.
In game one, Nevada's bats were quieted by Wisconsin pitcher Amanda Najdek as the Badgers took a 7-1 victory over the Wolf Pack. The Badgers score three in the first off of Mallary Darby.
Nevada put two on the first and left both runners stranded. Najdek then retired 13 in a row and took a 7-0 lead into the sixth inning. Chelsea Barilli led off the sixth with a walk. Lauren Lastrapes drove in Nevada's only run of the game with a triple - her first of the year - to right field.
Darby took the loss and fell to 6-9 on the year.
Nevada will have a weekend off and then return to action March 23-24 when it plays host to Fresno State for the first Western Athletic Conference series of the year at Hixson Park.