Wolf Pack Splits Doubleheader And Wins Series At San Jose State
SAN JOSE, Calif. – The Nevada softball team split a doubleheader on Saturday at SJSU Softball Field on Saturday and took two out of three from the Spartans in a three-game Western Athletic Conference series.
After winning 8-5 on Friday, Nevada won the first game on Saturday 1-0 before dropping the series finale 12-4.
Nevada improved to 12-29 overall and 3-12 in WAC play while San Jose State fell to 17-31 and 3-12.
In game one, it was a pitchers’ duel between Mallary Darby and Elyssa Fox and Darby won the battle.
Darby yielded just five hits – all singles – and walked two while striking out one to get the complete game shutout, her second of the season. Fox went the distance for San Jose State and she gave up six hits without a walk or a strikeout and she took the loss.
After leaving two runners on in the second inning, the Pack got on the board in the third inning. Chelsea Barilli worked a full count and fouled off a couple of pitches before singling up the middle, Barilli moved to second on a groundball out by Karley Hopkins and then scored on a single by Caylin Campbell.
That was enough for Darby, who worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the bottom of the third and then retired 11 in a row going into the seventh inning. In the seventh, Darby gave up two singles to open the frame but then got a groundball out and a popout before her lone strikeout of the day ended the game.
Nevada jumped out in front in game two of the day with four runs in the first inning. Danielle Patrick delivered a two-run double in the first inning and Lauren Lastrapes hit a two-run home run to give Nevada a 4-0 lead.
But San Jose State came roaring back with five runs in the second inning and chased Darby from the game as they took a 5-4 lead.
Nevada’s bats would go silent the rest of the way as reliever Jessica Gutierrez tossed five shutout innings after Lastrapes’ home run and San Jose State went on to the 12-4 victory.
Nevada will return home for the final games of the year at Hixson Park when Utah State comes to town for a set. The teams will play a single game on Friday before Senior Day on Sunday.