The Nevada softball team dropped its fourth game in a row with an 8-7 defeat to Maryland Saturday night at the Cathedral City Classic.
Nevada entered the bottom of the seventh with a 7-5 lead but after a couple of singles, the Terps’ Jennifer Anderson delivered a three-run walk-off home run to spoil the Pack’s night.
No. 17/19 Nevada fell to 7-6 on the year and will conclude play in the tournament on Sunday against UC Santa Barbara at noon.
Freshman Mallary Darby struck out six in four innings of relief but was saddled with the loss and fell to 4-2 on the year.
The defeat spoiled the first four-hit game of Noelle Micka’s career.
Nevada did the bulk of its damage offensively at the top of the lineup as the first three hitters – Micka, Silagyi and Puzey – combined to go 9-for-12 with six runs and five RBI.
Micka was 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three runs scored. Silagyi went 3-for-3 with a triple, two runs and two RBI while Puzey was 2-for-4 with two doubles, a run and three RBI.
But the offense wasn’t enough to overcome a 13-hit attack from Maryland, which was coupled with four Nevada errors.
Nevada, the designated visiting team, jumped out early with three runs in the first inning. Micka led off the game with a double and that was followed by a Kym Silagyi walk. Then came three straight RBI – a double by Brittany Puzey, a sacrifice fly from Britton Murdock and a single by Kelsey Starr.
Maryland answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning but Nevada came right back in the second inning. With two outs, Micka singled and Silagyi reached on an infield single. Both scored on a double from Puzey as Nevada went up 5-2.
But the Terps scored twice more in the second and then once in the third inning to tie game at 5 off Nevada starter Katie Holverson.
The Wolf Pack jumped back up on top in the top of the fourth inning. Micka’s third hit of the day, another double, set up Silagyi for an RBI situation and the senior delivered her Nevada-leading 11th career triple to score Micka and give the Pack a 6-5 lead.
Darby relieved Holverson to start the bottom of the fourth and she worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth and a two-on, one-out situation in the fifth to preserve the 6-5 lead.
Nevada got back on the board in the sixth as Danielle Patrick led off with an infield single and then moved to third on a single from Micka, her fourth hit of the game. Silagyi got her second RBI of the game with a single to right-center that plated Patrick and Nevada had two on with nobody out and hungry for more. But the Terps’ Kerry Hickey struck out Nevada’s three-four-five hitters to get out of it and Nevada took a 7-5 lead.
Nevada was on the bad end of an 11-2 game earlier in the day against No. 8/4 Oklahoma. This is Nevada’s first four-game skid since March of 2007. A recap of that game is available on www.nevadawolfpack.com.