Make it 21 straight win at home for the Nevada softball team – and seven victories overall – as the Wolf Pack downed Santa Clara 10-2 in five innings on Sunday at Hixson Park.
That completed a sweep of the Broncos (4-17) and moved Nevada’s record to 19-9 on the season. All three of this weekend’s wins came via the eight-run rule and Nevada has six run-rule wins in its last seven games.
On Sunday, Nevada pounded out 12 more hits against the Broncos (44 hits in the series) with eight of the nine starters in the lineup getting at least one hit. The lone starter without a hit was Britton Murdock, who walked in each of her three plate appearances.
Brittany Puzey homered and drove in a pair of runs while Danielle Patrick went 2-for-3 with a run and two RBI.
All of the offense was more than enough for Mallary Darby (W, 9-3) who gave up two hits and a run in four innings. She struck out five and walked one. She now has 110 strikeouts on the year, which is tied for fourth on Nevada’s single-season list.
Puzey got Nevada on the board with a solo shot in the first inning. The Pack got three more in the second inning as Michelle Beach doubled and Patrick reached on an infield single. Kym Silagyi hit a hard ground ball to shortstop that was misplayed, resulting in both runners scoring and Silagyi on third base. Puzey then singled to right to plate Silagyi and give Nevada a 4-0 lead.
In the third, Sarah Hunt delivered an RBI double and Noelle Micka had an RBI single to make it a 6-0 Pack advantage.
The Broncos got on the board in the fourth inning as Amanda Edmonson homered – the lone run off Darby.
But the Pack tacked four more runs on in the bottom of the fourth. Sam Bias and Beach each recorded RBI singles before Patrick doubled to the fence in right field to score two more runs.
The Wolf Pack will be back in action on Wednesday with a single game versus Colorado State at 1 p.m. at Hixson Park. The first Western Athletic Conference series of the year is set for next weekend as Nevada will play host to New Mexico State on Saturday (doubleheader) and Sunday (single game). First pitch both days is 1 p.m.