Pack Drops Pair At Louisiana Tech
RUSTON, La. – The Nevada softball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Louisiana Tech on Saturday at Lady Techster Softball Complex.
With the losses, Nevada fell to 16-26 overall and 3-14 in WAC play. Louisiana Tech clinched a spot in the WAC Tournament while Nevada is still alive in the hunt for one of the tournament’s final spots. Nevada dropped game one 3-1 and fell in game two 9-7.
Nevada will return home to play host to Boise State this weekend at Hixson Park. The teams will play a doubleheader on Friday with first pitch at 2 p.m. Senior Day is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m.
Nevada fell behind in both games but fought back in both to the point where the tying run was at the plate in the seventh inning in each. But The Lady Techsters were able to close the door and sweep the doubleheader.
In game one, Mallary Darby and Meghan Krieg were locked in a good pitchers’ duel until the fourth when Kendra Harmon singled to score two runs – the second scoring on one of Nevada’s four errors in the game. Harmon had a sacrifice fly in the sixth to give Tech a 3-0 win.
In the seventh, Sam Puzey walked with two outs and Megan Fincher blistered a double to score Puzey and bring the tying run to the plate. But Amanda Nims lined out to right to end the game.
In game two, Nevada fell behind 6-0 before fighting back. The Pack scored twice in the fifth inning on singles by Sam Bias and Danielle Patrick and two errors and a wild pitch by the Lady Techsters.
Louisiana Tech answered with a two-run blast by Harmon in the bottom of the fifth inning.
But Nevada came right back in the sixth. A double by Puzey started a five-run inning in which Chelsea Barilli and Britton Murdock had RBI singles and Patrick slammed a two-run double. That brought Nevada within one at 8-7.
Kylie Bassett homered in the bottom of the inning to make it 9-7.
Lauren Lastrapes led off the seventh with a single and the tying run came to the plate in the form of Puzey. She hit a ground ball back up the middle that Amberly Waits made a great play on. Moving to her left, Waits fielded the ball, changed directions to touch second and then fired to first for a double play. Megan Fincher grounded out to third to end the game.