Bias's Blast Gives Pack 11th Straight Win
HONOLULU, Hawaii Power ruled the night on Friday at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. And in a game twice delayed by power outages and fueled by six home runs, it was the shot by Sam Bias that stood supreme.
Bias clubbed her fifth home run of the season in the eighth inning to give Nevada a 6-5 come-from-behind victory over Hawaii. The win ran the Wolf Pack’s win streak to 11 straight games and pushed Nevada’s record to 23-9 overall and 3-0 in the Western Athletic Conference. The Wolf Pack has now won 13 straight WAC games and five straight WAC road games dating back to last season. Nevada has won six straight over Hawaii dating back to the 2007 season.
Hawaii fell to 14-18 overall and 2-2 in the WAC.
Mallary Darby struck out four in 1.2 innings of relief to improve to 10-3 on the year. She won her seventh straight decision. Stephanie Ricketts took the loss for Hawaii.
Nevada came back from deficits of 3-0 and 4-1 to take a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh inning as Brittany Puzey slammed a three-run home run. But the Rainbow Wahine tied it in the bottom of the seventh and sent the game into extra innings, where Bias ended it with her 20th career home run.
The Wolf Pack improved to 3-1 in extra innings this year and 2-0 in road games.
Nevada looked poised to score in the second as Kelsey Starr doubled and Bias followed up with a single and her 10th stolen base of the season. That gave Nevada runners at second and third with just one out. But Sarah Hunt struck out and Michelle Beach grounded out and the Pack was not able to get any runs across.
Hawaii got on the board in the bottom of the second as Amanda Tauali`i hit the first of her three homers of the night. Tanisha Milca gave Hawaii a 2-0 lead in the third inning with a solo shot of her own. Tauali`i hit her second homer of the night in the fifth to put Hawaii up 3-0.
The Pack got on the board in the sixth inning as Puzey walked with one out. Sophomore Britton Murdock then doubled to right-center to score Puzey and Murdock advance to third on the throw. But that was all Nevada would get as Starr grounded out and Bias struck out to end the threat.
Tauali`i gave Hawaii the run right back with her third home run of the night in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Nevada got a threat going in the top of the seventh inning. Amanda Nims walked to lead off the frame. Danielle Patrick then singled to right field and Noelle Micka walked to give the Pack the bases loaded with one out. Kym Silagyi scored one run on a groundout to third that plated Nims and brought Puzey to the plate for the big blow of the night.
The home run was Puzey’s eighth of the season and the 30th of her career as she extended her school record in that category.
Hawaii would not go quietly, however, and Tauali`i did the damage again as the Hawaii first baseman singled through the right side with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to extra innings.
The teams will meet again Saturday in a doubleheader slated to begin at 5 p.m. (Pacific).