PALO ALTO, Calif. – The Nevada softball team pounded 12 hits and got a complete-game effort from Katie Holverson in beating Cal Poly 4-1 on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Regional hosted by Stanford.
The Wolf Pack will play Stanford in a winners’ bracket game at 12 p.m. on Saturday. Nevada is the No. 3 seed and will be the home team against top-seeded Stanford. The game will be broadcast in Northern Nevada on ESPN Radio 630 AM. The pre-game show will begin at 11:45 a.m.
Against Cal Poly, the Wolf Pack offense broke free for 12 hits against Mustang starter Anna Cahn, the Big West Pitcher of the Year. It was the most hits allowed by Cahn, this season.
Danielle Patrick went 3-for-3 with an RBI and Brittany Puzey was 3-for-4 with two runs scored for the Pack. Holverson (28-9) scattered six hits and gave up one earned while striking out four in the victory.
“It was a nice effort, both offensively from top to bottom in the lineup but also from Katie,” Nevada coach Matt Meuchel said. “She worked out of a couple of big jams and pitched well today.”
Nevada got started early with a run in the top of the first inning as Puzey singled, stole second and scored on an RBI single from Sam Bias. The steal was Puzey’s 19th of the year and the 56th of the season for the Pack, which ties a school record.
After Cal Poly tied it in the bottom of the first, the teams played scoreless ball through the third.
Nevada broke through again in the fourth. Back-to-back singles from Sarah Hunt and Jessica Haight led off the fourth. After a groundout by Michelle Beach moved the runners up, Katie Stith came to play and Amanda Nims pinch-ran for Haight.
Stith laid down a squeeze bunt and Hunt beat the tag at the plate to put the Pack up 2-1. Patrick then singled to right to plate Nims and give Nevada a 3-1 lead.
Holverson worked out of back-to-back bases-loaded jams in the third and fourth to keep the Mustangs at bay. Cal Poly loaded them with nobody out but Holverson got a fly ball and then a comebacker for a 1-2-3 double play to get out of it. In the fourth, the bases were loaded with one out but a ground ball and a strikeout later and Holverson was out of the jam.