Pack Falls To Lady Techsters

RENO, Nev. – The Nevada softball team missed in another chance for a conference win as the Wolf Pack fell to Louisiana Tech 12-4 in six innings on Friday at Hixson Park.

Nevada fell to 9-21 overall and 0-4 in Western Athletic Conference play while the Lady Techsters improved to 10-24 and 1-3.

Louisiana Tech jumped out to an early 7-0 lead with two runs in the first, one in the second and fourth in the third. The Lady Techsters pushed two more across in the top of the fifth inning to go up 9-0.

Nevada’s bats finally woke up in the bottom of the fifth inning. Held to just one hit through the first four frames, Nevada got to Tech starter Meghan Krieg in the fifth.

With two outs, Jayme King tripled down the right-field line. Caylin Campbell then singled to drive in Nevada’s first run of the game. Karley Hopkins got her second hit of the game, a double to left-center, to plate Campbell. After Danielle Patrick reached on an error, Erin Jones and Britton Murdock belted back-to-back singles to cut the lead to 9-4.

But Tech’s Allie Geisler hit a three-run home run in the top of the sixth to make it 12-4 and Nevada wasted Megan Fincher’s lead-off double in the bottom of the frame.

Mallary Darby (9-14) took the loss for Nevada. She struck out one and walked two.

Krieg (6-13) got the win for Tech with a 13-strikeout, no-walk performance.

Nevada and Louisiana Tech will resume the series on Saturday at Hixson Park with a doubleheader. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.