Darby's No-Hitter Highlights Doubleheader Sweep

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BOISE, Idaho – The Nevada softball team completed a sweep of Boise State on Saturday with some record-breaking performances in a doubleheader sweep, 8-0 (five innings) and 8-1 over the Broncos at Mountain Cove Field.

Senior outfielder Brittany Puzey extended her hitting streak to 20 straight games, the longest in school history and the longest on record in the WAC.

The Wolf Pack belted eight home runs on the day (and nine for the three-game series sweep) and broke the school record (43) for home runs in a season as the Wolf Pack now has 50 in 42 games.

Junior pitcher Katie Holverson won her 12th straight decision and her 17th WAC game in a row in game two of Saturday’s doubleheader.

No. 23 Nevada moved its record to 29-12 overall and 9-2 in the Western Athletic Conference. The Wolf Pack continues to lead the WAC over Fresno State

But all of that was overshadowed by the performance put up by freshman pitcher Mallary Darby in game one of the doubleheader. Darby, a Spanish Spring product, tossed the third no-hitter in school history in blanking the Broncos 8-0 in five innings. It was the first no-hitter of Darby’s career.

She did not walk a batter and struck out eight. The only blips in the performance were a pair of hit batters in the second inning that kept if from being a perfect game.

Nevada’s first no-hitter came against San Jose State in 2007 by Jordan McPherson. Last year, McPherson combined with Richelle Villescas for a five-inning no-hitter against Louisiana Tech. Darby’s gem is Nevada’s first no-hitter away from home.

Darby got plenty of offense early as Puzey, the frontrunner for WAC Player of the Year, launched a three-run shot over the scoreboard in right field. Kelsey Starr followed with a two-run shot and Nevada led 5-0 early.

In the third inning, Sam Bias and Sarah Hunt went back-to-back with solo home runs and Hunt added another solo shot in the fifth.

In game two, Holverson dominated again and the Wolf Pack bats loaded up with power shots again.

Brittony Murdock launched a laser over the fence in left to give Nevada a 1-0 lead.

In the fourth, Hunt blasted her third home run of the day, a two-run shot. After Katie Stith singled, Danielle Patrick crushed a two-run shot of her own and Nevada went up 5-0.

Boise State scored once in the fifth, but Nevada came right back with three in the sixth inning.

The Wolf Pack will return to action next week at Fresno State.