Nevada’s bats went quiet as the Wolf Pack softball team dropped a 3-1 decision to Ohio State on Friday at the Cathedral City Classic.
Senior Sarah Hunt slammed her third home run of the season but it was one of just three hits for the No. 18 Wolf Pack. Nevada fell to 7-4 on the year while Ohio State, receiving votes in the NFCA poll and ranked No. 22 in the USA Softball poll, improved to 10-1.
Freshman Mallary Darby (3-1) was strong early, striking out eight and giving up just up just two hits through five innings. But she ran into trouble in the sixth inning and was saddled with her first loss of the season
Hunt got Nevada on the board in the bottom of the fifth. Buckeyes’ pitcher Kim Reeder had been cruising, allowing one hits through 4.2 innings. Hunt took Reeder’s first offering and deposited it over the fence in right-center to give Nevada a 1-0 lead.
But Ohio State finally got to Darby in the top of the sixth inning. An infield single by Dee Dee Hillman and a double from Sam Marder put runners on second and third with nobody out. That chased Darby and Katie Holverson came on. She gave up a single to the first batter she faced and a sacrifice fly to the second batter and Ohio State took a 2-1 lead. But Holverson was able to get out of the jam without any further damage.
Nevada was unable to get much going after that, however. Noelle Micka led off the sixth inning with a walk and that led to Reeder leaving in favor of Lindsay Bodeker. But three ground balls later, Nevada’s potential rally was ended.
Ohio State got another run in the top of the seventh with an RBI double by Sam Marder.
Nevada lost back-to-back games for the first time since March 27/29 (UTEP/New Mexico State.