Softball Splits at USD Tournament

SAN DIEGO, Calif. Senior Richelle Villescas pitched a complete game to give the Nevada softball team a victory over Loyola Marymount and a split Saturday at the University of San Diego Tournament.

Villescas scattered eight hits, did not walk a batter and gave up just two unearned runs as the Wolf Pack beat the Lions 6-2 in its second game of the day at the tournament. Earlier in the day, Nevada lost to Colorado State, 3-2. Nevada is now 10-5 on the year and will face UC Riverside on Sunday in its final game of the tournament.

Sophomore Sam Bias extended her career-long hit streak to 10 games with a single in the second inning against the Rams and a single in the fifth inning against the Lions. The 10-game streak is the longest on the team so far this season for Nevada.

Against Loyola Marymount, Nevada jumped out early with three runs in the first inning. After the Lions got a two of those back in the bottom of the first inning, Villescas shut them down the rest of the way to improve to 2-0 on the year.

Freshman Danielle Patrick hit her first home run of her career in the win over the Lions. Kelsey Starr drove in a pair of runs while Patrick, Britton Murdock and Kim Silagyi each had two hits.

The Pack was in control against Colorado State as the offense put up a pair of early runs and sophomore Katie Holverson was cruising. But Nevada ran into big trouble in the sixth inning as the Rams struck for three runs off Holverson to take the lead.

Nevada got on the board in the first inning when Starr slapped an RBI single. Freshman Noelle Micka made it 2-0 in the fourth inning when she singled home Sarah Hunt, who had doubled.