Wolf Pack Falls To No. 23 Hawaii
RENO, Nev. – Amber Tauali`I homered twice to lead No. 23/25 Hawai`i to a 6-2 win over Nevada on Friday at Hixson Park.
With the loss, Nevada fell to 16-21 overall and 3-9 in WAC play. Hawaii improved to 37-11 and 15-0. The same two teams will meet in a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. at Hixson Park.
After a scoreless first inning, Hawaii got on the board in the second. With two outs, Kanani Pu`u Warren was hit by a pitch. Tauali`I then hit her first homer of the day to make it a 2-0 Hawaii lead.
In the fourth, it was Alexandra Aguirre who was hit by a pitch. After a strikeout, Taualii went deep again with two outs to make it 4-0.
The Rainbow Wahine broke it open with two more runs in the sixth inning.
In the seventh, Nevada got a rally started after leadoff singles by Kelsey Starr and Lauren Lastrapes. Sam Puzey then flew out to deep right – missing a three-run home run by a foot or two – that advanced both runners. After Megan Fincher struck out, Amanda Nims had an RBI single and Kortnee Wiley followed with another RBI single – second hits of the day for each player – and Nevada cut the deficit to 6-2. But Sam Bias flew out to deep center to end the game.
Katie Holverson struck out eight but gave up 10 hits in taking the loss. She fell to 6-13 on the year.
Kaia Parnaby went the distance for Hawaii to get the win and improve to 17-5.
Danielle Patrick went 0-for-3 on the day and saw her hitting streak end at 12 games. It matched a career high and was tied for the eighth longest streak in school history. It is Nevada’s second longest streak of the year behind Noelle Micka’s record-tying 20-game streak earlier this season.