The Nevada softball team set a school record for runs in a game and Katie Holverson picked up her 22nd win of the year with a 17-0 victory over San Jose State on Friday at Spartan Stadium.
The 17 runs is a school record, eclipsing the old mark of 15, set in 2003 against San Jose State and tied earlier this year against Santa Clara. The Pack had 17 hits in the game, two off the school record for most hits in a game.
Nevada improved to 34-14 overall and 14-4 (first place) in the Western Athletic Conference. San Jose State fell to 18-34 and 5-14.
Senior Brittany Puzey drew a walk in the first inning to break Nevada’s career record, which was held by Cindy Elkins (2003-06). Puzey now has 78 walks in her career.
The walk also extended her streak of consecutive games reaching base safely to 27 straight. She has reached safely in 46 of Nevada’s 48 games this season.
Holverson (22-7) tied the school’s single-season record for wins in a season with the victory. She tossed her 22nd complete game of the season and recorded her fifth shutout of the year. She allowed just three hits, walked two and struck out five as Nevada won its fifth straight game.
Sarah Hunt went 3-for-3 in the game and every Nevada starter had at least one hit and six players had two hits for the Pack.
Nevada jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning. With one out, Kym Silagyi singled and Puzey walked to put two on for Britton Murdock, who singled in Silagyi. After Kelsey Starr flew out, which moved Puzey to third, Sam Bias singled to center, scoring Puzey. Murdock came around to score as well as the centerfielder misplayed the ball and Nevada had a quick 3-0 lead.
The Pack opened things up in the third with five more runs. Puzey singled to get things going and then Murdock was hit by a pitch. Five straight singles followed as the Pack chased Spartan starter Amanda Pridmore. Bias had a two-run single and Michelle Beach came up with the bases loaded and cleared them with a single.
Nevada kept the offensive barrage going in the fourth with six more runs on six hits. The Pack batted around in the frame and Starr had the big blow, a two-run double.
Meanwhile, Holverson was cruising. She faced just five batters over the minimum – three hits, a walk and an error.
If Nevada sweeps Saturday’s doubleheader, the Wolf Pack will win its second straight WAC title.