The Nevada softball team completed play in the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic with a dominating performance in a 9-0 victory over in-state rival and tournament host UNLV on Sunday.
Nevada slammed three home runs in the game and Katie Holverson got the complete-game shutout, her second of the tournament. Holverson, who did not give up an earned run in the tournament, gave up just two hits and two walks while striking out four.
No. 18 Nevada improved to 7-2 on the season while UNLV fell to 5-4.
Holverson (4-2) is now alone in second place in all-time victories at Nevada. She entered the game tied with Candice Rainwater (33, 2003-06) but moved into second with her 34th career victory.
The Wolf Pack went out in front early courtesy of Sarah Hunt. The senior homered for the second straight game – a three-run shot to left-center in the second inning that gave Nevada a 3-0 lead.
The Wolf Pack made it 5-0 in the third inning as Britton Murdock drove in a run with a groundout and Kelsey Starr delivered an RBI single.
Nevada opened up the commanding lead in the fifth inning as Murdock crushed a three-run homer, her team-leading third of the year. Kelsey Starr followed with a solo shot, her first of the season, to make it 9-0.
Silagyi became Nevada’s all-time leader in hits this weekend as she now has 181 in her career. That is one better than Brittany Lorenzen, who had 179 hits from 2003-06.
Nevada, which swept UNLV in two games last season, has scored 28 runs in its last three games with the Rebels.
Nevada returns to action on Tuesday with a single game at UC Davis. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. and Live Stats will be available at www.nevadawolfpack.com. After that, the Wolf Pack will travel to Palm Springs this coming weekend for the Cathedral City Classic. Nevada is scheduled to play Florida, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Maryland and UC Santa Barbara at the tournament.
NOTES FROM THE TOURNAMENT
-- Seniors Kym Silagyi and Brittany Puzey are now tied for fifth all-time at Nevada in games played with 195. The record is 237, held by Elkins.
-- Puzey is now second and Silagyi is now third all-time at Nevada in games started with 194 and 193, respectively. The record is 234, held by Elkins.
-- Silagyi is now second and Puzey is now fourth in career at-bats. Silagyi has 604 and Puzey has 581. The record is 609, held by Elkins.
-- Puzey moved into second place in career runs scored. She now has 96 in her career and trails on Elkins, who had 104.
-- Puzey now has five stolen bases on the season and moved into second place all-time. She has 28 for her career and trails on Silagyi (32).