Pack Bats Erupt In 12-5 Win Over New Mexico

RENO, Nev. – The Nevada softball team belted 18 hits and finished the Nevada Classic with a 12-5 win over New Mexico on Sunday at Hixson Park.

The win capped a 2-1 weekend for the Wolf Pack as Nevada improved to 7-17 on the season. New Mexico fell to 10-9.

Britton Murdock went 4-for-4 on the day and Danielle Patrick went 3-for-5 and drove in a season-high six runs while Erin Jones homered twice to lead the Wolf Pack.

The Lobos took an early lead as leadoff hitter Kaity Ingram walked, moved to second on a sac bunt, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch.

But Nevada came right back in the bottom of the first and tied it with one swing of the bat. Sophomore Erin Jones did the damage, going opposite way with a solo shot for her second home run of the year.

The Pack missed a golden opportunity in the second inning when it loaded the bases with just one out. Karley Hopkins roped a shot to right field but was robbed on a solid play by the Lobos’ Cassandra Kalapsa. Danielle Patrick then hit a ground ball to short and was called out at first on a bang-bang play and the Pack came away scoreless in the frame.

Nevada didn’t miss out in the third as Jones came through again. The sophomore’s second home run of the game – another solo shot – was to dead center and gave the Pack its first lead of the game at 2-1.

The Wolf Pack did more damage with the long ball in the fourth inning as Danielle Patrick hit a two-run shot to give Nevada a 4-1 lead. That advantage went to 6-1 in the fifth as Patrick delivered a two-out, two-run single.

Mallary Darby was cruising until sixth. After allowing just one run and one hit in the first five frames, Darby yielded four runs on four hits as Chelsea Anaya delivered the big blow with a three-run home run.

But Nevada answered with a big crooked number in the sixth inning as the Pack plated six runs on five hits to take a 12-5 lead. Lauren Lastrapes had an RBI single and Chelsea Venable drew a bases-loaded walk to produce two runs. Jayme King then delivered a two-run single and Patrick drove in two more with a double.

Darby then closed the door in the seventh to earn her seventh win of the season.

In the first game of the day, New Mexico and Boston College played nine innings before Danielle Castro ended it with a single to right-center with two outs to score.

Nevada will be back in action on Friday as the Wolf Pack opens play in the third of the three home tournaments this year. Northern Illinois, Idaho State and Saint Mary’s will come to Reno for the Silver and Blue Classic. The teams will combined to play 11 games over three days at Hixson Park.

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