April 5, 2013
RENO, Nev. -- The University of Nevada softball team fell 6-3 to the San Diego State Aztecs on Friday at Hixson Park.
The Wolf Pack is now 22-17 (1-3 MW), while San Diego State is 24-12 (4-0 MW).
Nevada scored twice in the fourth and once in the sixth, but was unable to come back from a four-run deficit in the game. San Diego State scored once in the third and three times in the fourth before the Pack got on the board.
With nobody out the seventh inning and Nevada trailing 6-3, Megan Sweet was caught stealing on an unusual play. Sweet, who was standing at second when Sara Parsons began to walk to first after she appeared to be hit by a pitch, was tagged out walking toward third base. Molly McWilliams, who had come into the game as a pinch runner, stayed at first base. Home plate umpire Steve McCown had blown the play dead after Sweet was tagged out but before McWilliams advanced to second. Parsons was sent back to the batter's box with McWilliams at first, and the Pack failed to score in the inning.
Caylin Campbell pinch hit for Chelsea Barilli with runners at second and third in the bottom of the fourth, driving a 1-2 pitch back up the middle for her 10th hit of the season and two RBI. In the sixth, with the score 6-2 in favor of the Aztecs, Megan Fincher hit a sacrifice fly to score Nevada's third run.
Megan Dortch pitched seven innings for Nevada, striking out five and taking the loss to fall to 7-8. Rebecca Arbino pitched seven innings for San Diego State and struck out eight to improve to 14-7.
The two teams will play at 1 p.m. on Saturday in game two.