No. 17 Nevada Falls To No. 2 Florida
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. The No. 17 Nevada softball team had opportunities put couldn’t get any runs across in a 5-0 loss to No. 2 Florida on Friday at the Cathedral City Classic.
Nevada (7-3) racked eight hits and out-hit the Gators, which entered the game having allowed just four runs in 11 games this year. But the Wolf Pack couldn’t get a timely hit and left eight runners on base in the game.
Florida (11-1) , meanwhile had just six hits but they came in timely situations and, combined with a couple Nevada errors, the Gators got enough run production to take control of the game
After a scoreless first inning, Nevada threatened in the top of the second inning. The Wolf Pack got a runner on and then back-to-back singles by Michelle Beach and Sarah Hunt loaded the bases with two outs. But Florida starter Stephanie Brombacher got out of the jam when Danielle Patrick popped up to second base for the third out of the inning.
Florida got its own rally going in the bottom of the second, but Nevada wasn’t able to get out of it unsacathed. Florida loaded the bases on a hit and two Holverson walks. No. 9 hitter Kristina Hilberth hit a ground ball to short and she beat the wild throw to first, allowing two runners to score on the infield single and throwing error.
The Gators chased Katie Holverson in the third inning as the junior allowed a leadoff double and then a walk. Freshman Mallary Darby came on and got a groundout that moved the runners but Kelsey Bruder hit a two-run single to make it 4-0 for the Gators.
Junior Kelsey Starr notched an infield single in the fourth inning to extend her hitting streak to 10 games.
The Wolf Pack will be back in action later today against Ohio State, which is receiving votes in the NFCA Poll and ranked No. 22 in the USA Softball poll. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.