The Nevada softball team has earned a reputation for its offensive prowess. But it was a lot of small ball – and some defensive miscues by Utah – that got the job done offensively in Friday’s opening game of the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic.
No. 18 Nevada scored 13 runs on just seven hits in taking a 13-0 five-inning victory over Utah. The win pushed Nevada’s record to 4-1 on the year while Utah fell to 3-3. The Wolf Pack took advantage of five wild pitches, two passed balls and two Ute errors in the game and showed some speed on the bases with four steals.
Junior Katie Holverson was dominant in the circle in earning the complete-game victory. Utah entered the game with a .317 team batting average but Holverson cooled off the Utes’ bats. She allowed just one hit and struck out eight with just one walk in improving to 3-1 on the season.
Nevada got on the board early with a double by Noelle Micka and an RBI single from Britton Murdock.
Then came a four-run second inning that was aided by a couple of passed balls and just one hit. Nevada scored once in the third to make it 6-0 and then put the game away with a seven-run fourth inning, in which Danielle Patrick delivered the big blow – a three-run double.
Sam Bias went 2-for-2 with three runs and an RBI in the victory.