Nevada Drops Two Games Saturday
BOISE, Idaho - The University of Nevada Softball team fell to Boise State twice Saturday, 8-3 in game one, and 11-10 in game two, to close out its first WAC series of the season.
The day's action pushed the Wolf Pack's overall record to 9-20 (0-3 WAC), while Boise State moved to 18-10 (3-0 WAC) with the two wins.
In game one, Danielle Patrick got the Nevada offense started early, hitting a two-run blast into the seats in right center in the top of the first. The Patrick homer came in the middle of a four straight hits to begin the game, as the Pack chased Boise State's starting pitcher Aubray Zell before she recorded an out.
The Broncos wasted no time getting back in the game, hitting three home runs in the bottom half of the inning and scoring four times to take a 4-2 lead after one complete.
Play moved along a little quicker over the next few innings, as Nevada's Mallary Darby and Boise State's Lela Work, who came in for Zell in the first, settled in.
Nevada got a run closer on a Britton Murdock two-out single to left in the top of the fifth. Murdock jumped on the first pitch she saw to plate Karley Hopkins from second. Hopkins led off the inning with her team-leading 12th double of the year.
Boise State responded with four runs in the bottom of the fifth however, pushing their lead to five.
Zell shut down the Pack in the sixth and seventh to record her first win of the year in her 14th appearance.
In game two, the Pack offense got started early again, as Lauren Lastrapes hit her fifth home run of the season, a two-run shot to left center in the top of the first. Erin Jones also doubled down the left field line to score Danielle Patrick, as the Pack got three runs in the first.
Much as they did in game one, the Broncos responded immediately, getting three of their own in the bottom half of the inning to level the score.
Patrick kept her bat hot in the top of the second, driving home Caylin Campbell with a two-out single to put the Pack up 4-3. Erin Jones flew out to right field to end the inning with runners at the corners.
After a Britton Murdock home run to lead off the third, Nevada capitalized on a Boise State error, adding two more in the inning to push its lead to 7-3 after two and a half.
Nevada continued to capitalize on their chances in game two, getting another run in the top of the fourth on two more hits, pushing the lead to 8-3 after three and a half innings. The big inning hurt the Pack once again however, as the Broncos scored six times in the bottom of the fourth to go ahead 9-8, including a Devon Bridges grand slam.
Fighting until its final at bat, the Pack simply refused to go quietly in Boise. With two outs in the top of the seventh Megan Fincher drew a walk. Hitting behind Fincher, Chelsea Venable took the first pitch she saw out of the park, putting Nevada ahead 10-9.
Boise State loaded the bases in the bottom of the frame though, winning on a two-out single by the pitcher, Aubrey Zell.
Mallary Darby took her second loss of the day, falling to 9-13 on the year.
Nevada will welcome Louisiana Tech to Hixson Park in its next series, which begins Friday in Reno. The teams will play once Friday, with that game scheduled for a 3 p.m. start. A doubleheader Saturday, with games scheduled for 1 and 3 p.m., will close out the series.