The Nevada softball team dropped a tough game Saturday, losing 5-4 in eight innings to No. 11/9 Cal at the DeMarini Invitational hosted by Cal State Fullerton.
The Wolf Pack never trailed in the game until Taylor Kelly’s eight-inning single scored Nikki Schrey to end the game.
Nevada’s four-game winning streak came to an end as the Pack fell to 11-8 on the year. Cal improved to 13-3.
Senior Brittany Puzey added another Nevada record to her collection as she scored a run in the first inning. That was the 105th of her career as she passed Cindy Elkins (2003-06) for the top spot in runs scored all-time at Nevada.
Nevada wasted no time offensively. Noelle Micka led off the game by drawing a walk and she moved to second on a ground ball by Kym Silagyi. Brittany Puzey then crushed a double off Cal starter Marissa Drewrey to score Micka. After Britton Murdock struck out, Kelsey Starr drew a walk and Sarah Hunt drove in Puzey and Starr with a double to right field for a 3-0 lead. That spelled the end of the day for Drewrey.
But the Bears got all three runs back in the bottom of the first inning with just one hit. The first two batters walked and moved up on a sacrifice bunt. After an RBI groundout, catcher Sanoe Kekahuna hit a two-run home run to tie the game at 3.
Both teams threatened again in the second inning but no runs were scored as Nevada stranded a pair and Cal left the bases loaded.
The pitchers settled in after that as Holverson and Cal’s Valarie Arioto traded zeroes on the scoreboard through the fifth inning.
Kelsey Starr changed that in the top of the sixth inning, however. The Nevada junior crushed an Arioto pitch over the fence in left field for her third home run of the weekend. That gave Nevada a 4-3 lead.
But Cal battled back in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game. Shannon Houston drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third on a single to right by Arioto. After a strikeout, Jamia Reid hit a ground ball back to Holverson, who fielded it and fired to first. But Houston darted home and barely beat Katie Stith’s tag after the throw from Starr at first.
Micka extended her hitting streak to 16 games with a single in the second game.