March 2, 2012
SANTEE, Calif. – The Nevada softball team dropped two heartbreakers on day one of the San Diego Classic hosted by San Diego State.
The Wolf Pack fell in 10 innings to Long Beach State by a score of 6-5 and then dropped a 2-1 decision to San Diego in the second game of the day. The Wolf Pack fell to 4-13 on the year and will return to action Saturday afternoon against San Diego State and Cal State Northridge.
In the second game, Nevada came back from a 1-0 deficit to tie the game on Sara Parsons’ RBI single in the fourth. The score held until the seventh when Taylor Hensley hit a solo home run in the seventh to put the Toreros on top 2-1.
In the bottom of the inning, Megan Fincher tripled with one out but Nevada couldn’t get a base hit to score her. Bailey Brewer (0-4) took the loss in relief of Ariel Craig. Nevada stranded 11 runners in the game.
In the first game, Nevada jumped out in front in the fourth inning. Sam Puzey laced a two-run double to open the scoring and Ashley Butera followed a batter later with an RBI single to stake Mallary Darby and the Wolf Pack to a 3-0 lead.
Nevada left a couple runners on and missed an opportunity in the fifth and Long Beach State came back to tie it in the bottom of the frame.
The 49ers took the lead in the sixth as the plated two more and chased Darby from the game. Karlyn Jones got the Pack out of the jam however and Nevada went to the seventh, down 5-3.
Butera led off the seventh with her second career home run to cut the deficit to one. Nevada then loaded the bases and scored the tying run when Caylin Campbell drew a bases-loaded walk. But Nevada’s chance to win the game in the seventh when Kortnee Wiley was thrown out at the plate attempting to score on a wild pitch.
LBSU won it in the 10th on an error and then a walk-off single as the 49ers had two unearned runs off five Nevada errors.
Darby got a no decision, going 5.1 innings, giving up seven hits and five runs, four earned, with two walks and four strikeouts.