Darby Leads Pack To a Split

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sophomore Mallary Darby struck out 11 and did not walk a batter as the Nevada softball team beat Iona 5-1 on Saturday at the Capital Classic, hosted by Sacramento State.

The Wolf Pack then dropped a 4-0 decision to Colorado State in game two of the day and Nevada fell to 12-12 on the year. Nevada will conclude play at the Capital Classic Sunday morning against Iona at 9.

Saturday’s first game was delayed 2 hours and 21 minutes as the field at Shea Stadium was flooded Saturday morning due to a sprinkler issue.

Darby improved to 7-5 on the year with the complete game victory. She gave up just four hits and one run. The 11 strikeouts matched her season high, which came in the season opener against Oregon State.

She  get help offensively from nine Wolf Pack hits, including two each from Sam Bias and Chelsea Barilli. Britton Murdock drove in a pair of runs, one on an RBI double and another on a sacrifice fly.

In game two, another pitcher’s duel erupted between Katie Holverson and Colorado State’s Kelli Eubanks. This time, Eubanks got the win as the Rams scored four in the sixth to take control of the game. On Friday, the two pitchers battled to the end with Holverson tossing a no-hitter in a 1-0 win.

Pack catcher Noelle Micka went 1-for-3 in game one against Iona and then went 2-for-3 against the Rams to extend her season-high hitting streak to 16 games. The streak is the third longest in school history and the second longest in Micka’s career. She had a 17-game streak last year while Brittany Puzey holds the record with a 20-game streak (2009).