The Nevada softball team’s 25-game win streak came to an end on Saturday with a 7-3 loss to Louisiana Tech in the first game of a doubleheader at Hixson Park.
But the Wolf Pack started a new streak in the second game of the doubleheader with a 2-0 win over the Lady Techsters. That gave No. 25 Nevada a series victory and moved the Wolf Pack to 26-11 overall and 6-2 in the Western Athletic Conference.
Senior outfielder Brittany Puzey singled in both games and extended her career-best hitting streak to 16 games. That is the second-longest streak in school history, trailing the 17-game streak by Noelle Micka earlier this year. It is also the second-longest hit streak in the WAC this season.
In the second game, junior Katie Holverson won her 10th straight decision with a complete-game shutout, her third of the season. She scattered five hits and did not walk a batter while striking out six. She improved to 16-6 on the year.
Nevada got on the board in the fifth inning as Sarah Hunt hit a solo home run, her fifth of the season. Katie Stith followed with a double to the gap in right-center and pinch-runner Kortnee Wiley scored on a Noelle Micka single to left that gave Nevada its two runs.
In the first game, Nevada couldn’t overcome a big Louisiana Tech fifth inning as the Lady Techsters broke a 1-1 tie with six runs in the frame on six hits and a pair of Nevada errors.
The Lady Techsters got out on top in the top of the first inning as Amberly Waits hit a solo home run.
Nevada tied it up in the bottom of the third. The Pack had two runners on with two outs when Britton Murdock came to the plate. Murdock hit a ground ball to shortstop and she beat the throw at first base. Noelle Micka, the runner on second, never stopped running and scored on the play to tie the game at 1.
After Tech took the 7-1 lead, Nevada scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings but couldn’t get anything else on the board. Mallary Darby (10-5) suffered the loss despite striking out 12 in the game – the second-highest strikeout total of her career.
Nevada returns to action on Friday with the first of a three-game series at Boise State.