Wolf Pack Slays Spartans
SAN JOSE, Calif. – The veterans of the Nevada softball team stepped up and led the Wolf Pack to an important 8-5 win over San Jose State on Friday.
Senior Britton Murdock homered, senior Danielle Patrick knocked a three-run double and junior Mallary Darby yielded just two unearned runs in the complete game win.
Nevada improved to 11-28 overall and 2-11 in Western Athletic Conference play while San Jose State fell to 16-30 and 2-11.
Darby gave up 10 hits and five runs but only two of those were earned as she improved to 11-20 on the year. She walked just one and fanned six Spartans in the game.
Nevada got on the board early thanks to the bat of Britton Murdock. The senior crushed her third home run of the season, a two-run shot to dead center off Spartan starter Jennifer Ames.
The Pack pushed the lead to 3-0 in the second as Jayme King led off with a single. She moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Chelsea Venable. After a strikeout, Karley Hopkins delivered her WAC-leading 15th double to the gap in left-center to score King and give Nevada a 3-0 lead.
SJSU got one back in the bottom of the third inning but Nevada came roaring back in the fourth. King again led off with a single and with one out, Chelsea Barilli singled to left. Hopkins then reached on an infield single to load the bases. The next batter, Caylin Campbell, hit a ground ball to second and the Spartans were able to force pinch-runner Alex Arciniega at the plate for the second out of the inning.
Alex Molina then relieved Ames in the circle and Danielle Patrick greeted Molina’s first pitch with a double to the gap in left that cleared the bases and gave Nevada a 6-1 lead.
San Jose State came back in the bottom of the fifth to make things interesting as the Spartans scored four runs in the inning on four hits and an error to make the score 6-5 in Nevada’s favor.
But the Pack scratched out a run in the sixth without a base hit. Barilli was hit by a pitch, stole second and moved to third on a groundout by Hopkins. Campbell’s sac fly scored Barilli to make it 7-5.
The Pack plated one more in the seventh as Murdock was hit by a pitch and stole second. She moved to third on a Lauren Lastrapes single and scored on a San Jose State error.
Hopkins, Lastrapes and King each had two hits for the Pack while Murdock drove in two and Patrick had three RBI.
The same two teams will do battle again on Saturday at SJSU Softball Field in a doubleheader beginning at noon. Audio streaming is available at nevadawolfpack.com.