The 23rd-ranked Nevada softball team suffered its first loss of the season Saturday afternoon with a 7-2 defeat at the hands of No. 7 Arizona.
The Wolf Pack fell to 2-1 on the year while the Wildcats improved to 2-1. The game was played at Farrington Stadium on the ASU campus.
Junior Katie Holverson started after an 11-inning outing on Friday and she went three innings but was tagged with the loss.
Arizona got on the board in the second inning with a pair of runs scored on two hits and one Wolf Pack error. The Wildcats score three more times in the third inning on three hits and another Nevada defensive miscue.
Nevada got going offensively in the top of fourth inning. The Pack was trailing 5-0 at the time. Kelsey Starr got it started with a solid single to left field. Junior Sam Bias then desposited a Sarah Akamine offering over the fence in left-center field
In the sixth inning, the game was delayed for roughly six minutes after a disputed play in foul territory near third base. Nevada had runners on first and third with one out and Bias was at the plate. Bias lifted a pop-up in foul territory. Britton Murdock, Nevada’s runner on third base, was returning to the base and made contact with Wildcats third baseman Jenae Lelas as Lelas made an attempt to catch the ball. Lelas dropped the ball.
The umpires conferred and ruled Murdock out for interference. Bias flew out and the rallied was quelled.
Junior Kelsey Starr had two of Nevada’s five hits.
The Wolf Pack will be back in action, weather permitting, at 5:30 p.m. (Pacific) today against Wichita State. Rain is expected in the area this afternoon and evening.