Wolf Pack Falls Late vs. No. 11 Oklahoma
NORMAN, Okla. – The Nevada softball twice battled from behind to take the lead against No. 11 Oklahoma on the Sooners’ home field.
And both times, Oklahoma eventually came back to go ahead with the second time – in the bottom of the ninth inning – proving to be the difference as Oklahoma topped Nevada 8-7 in extra innings Friday night at the OU Softball Complex.
The Wolf Pack fell to 6-7 on the year while Oklahoma improved to 13-2.
Oklahoma jumped out with two runs in the first inning – only one of them earned – but the Wolf Pack answered with three runs in the top of the second inning to take a 3-2 lead. Three walks to lead off the inning all scored on a Danielle Patrick RBI single, an Amanda Nims ground-ball and a wild pitch.
The Wolf Pack scored again in the top of the third as Sam Bias and Britton Murdock led off with singles. Bias later scored on another wild pitch from Keilani Ricketts and Nevada had a 4-2 lead.
That chased Ricketts, who entered with an 8-2 record, from the game. Kirsten Allen came on in relief and got Oklahoma out of further damage.
Oklahoma got a run back in the bottom of the third inning to cut Nevada’s lead to 4-3. It stayed that way until the fifth.
In the fifth, the Sooners scored three times on a couple hits and a couple Wolf Pack errors and Oklahoma took a 6-4 lead.
Nevada went scoreless in the sixth and was down to its final two outs in the seventh. But Jessica Haight doubled to the gap with one out and Sam Bias followed with a single to put two on with just one out.
That’s when Britton Murdock came to the plate and crushed a three-run home run, her fourth of the season, to put Nevada up 7-6.
But Haley Nix led off the bottom of the seventh with a home run to tie the game at 7 and send it to extra innings.
After three scoreless half innings, Oklahoma led off the bottom of the ninth with a leadoff double and after a single and an intentional walk loaded the bases, Ricketts drew a full-count walk off Katie Holverson to give OU the win.
Nevada committed a season-high five errors in the game.
The Wolf Pack will be back in action Saturday morning at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. The Pack will play back to back games, first against Louisville (8 a.m., Pacific) and then Oklahoma State (10:30 a.m.). Both games can be heard live on Fox Sports Radio 1450 AM.