Nevada Drops Doubleheader to Utah State
RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada softball team dropped a doubleheader to Utah State at Hixson park Friday, falling 13-3 in game one and 8-1 in game two.
The action dropped Nevada to 12-31 (3-14 WAC), while Utah State moved to 13-38 (6-11 WAC).
In game one, both starting pitchers got off to a steady start. Nevada starter Mallary Darby pitched well with runners on in the early innings, especially in the top of the third. She held the Aggies to no runs after they put runners at second and third with only one out.
Utah State starter Shelbi Tyteca held Nevada to only one hit, a Danielle Patrick double, through three innings.
Nevada got on the board in the bottom of the fourth, when Britton Murdock singled home Patrick from second. She hit her second double of the game one batter earlier.
Utah State responded with five runs in the top of the fifth to jolt ahead of the Pack 5-1, and added 8 more in the sixth to push the lead to 13-1 after six and a half innings.
After Murdock singled to start the sixth, Megan Fincher hit her fourth home run of the year, a shot over the wall in center field, to pull the Pack two runs closer.
The contest ended in six innings however, as Nevada could not push any more across.
The second game of the day began much in the same vein as the first, as it stayed scoreless for the first two innings. Utah State scratched a run across in the top of the third, and followed it up with seven runs the next time they had a chance to swing the bats.
After four complete innings, the Aggies were ahead 8-0.
Nevada scored once in the bottom of the fifth, as Kortnee Wiley crossed the plate to get the Pack on the board in game two.
The score would not change from there, as the Pack fell 8-1 in seven innings.
Darby took the loss in both games for Nevada, falling to 12-23 on the season.
The Pack will honor its three outgoing seniors, Danielle Patrick, Britton Murdock and Justine Cooper, immediately after the third and final game of the series, Saturday at 1 p.m. at Hixson Park.