No. 19 Nevada Sweeps UNLV At Hixson Park
RENO, Nev. The Nevada softball team has been making history all season long. So it was only fitting that the Wolf Pack closed out its first-ever undefeated home campaign with the biggest comeback in program history.
Nevada, ranked No. 19 and 22 in the nation, came back from a 9-0 deficit to UNLV to score a 10-9 victory in game two, giving the Wolf Pack a doubleheader sweep over its in-state rivals. Nevada closed out the home portion of its schedule with two more wins to give the Pack an 11-0 season at Hixson Park.
Nevada won its ninth-straight game and improved to 37-14 overall on the year, one win away from tying the program record for victories in a season. UNLV fell to 23-36-1 overall.
In game one, Nevada got three hits from Noelle Micka and three RBI from Brittany Puzey in scoring the 9-1 win in five innings. The Pack cranked out 10 hits in the game and with 12 hits in game two, has hit double digits in hits in six of the last seven contests.
Nevada scored three in the first and three in the second inning to take a 6-0 lead. After UNLV scored one in the top of the fourth to make it a 6-1 game, the Pack added two more in the bottom of the fourth and one in the fifth to secure the win.
Puzey homered while Sam Bias and Kelsey Starr each drove in two runs in the victory.
Katie Holverson was brilliant in the circle, giving up three hits and the one earned run. She struck out seven and did not walk a batter in improving to 18-5 on the season.
Game two provided the big excitement of the day.
In her first start since tossing a no-hitter against Louisiana Tech, senior Jordan McPherson struggled a bit in the circle as UNLV jumped out to the early lead. UNLV scored seven runs off McPherson and two more off Richelle Villescas in the third inning to go up 9-0.
The Pack slowly got back into things in the fourth inning when Bias homered for sixth time this season, this one a two-run shot.
After a scoreless fifth inning, Nevada exploded in the sixth inning. Vanessa Briones lef off with a single and Britton Murdock followed with another single. Bias then singled to load the bases. Starr then lifted a fly ball to right field that was misplayed, allowing one run to score and opening the floodgates for the Pack.
Kym Silayi followed with a two-run single to make it 9-5. After Danielle Patrick walked to load the bases again, coach Michelle Gardner inserted Michelle Beach as a pinch-hitter. She delivered with a grand slam to right center to tie the game at 9.
Nevada put two more runners on and then Murdock delivered an RBI single that proved to be the game-winner.
Holverson came on in the seventh inning to pitch a scoreless frame for her program-record sixth save of the year. She entered the day tied for seventh in the nation in saves.
Nevada will conclude the regular season this weekend at San Jose State as the Pack returns to WAC play. Nevada’s magic number to clinch the regular-season WAC title is two as the Pack has a game and a half lead over Fresno State.