The University of Nevada finished a perfect weekend at the Wolf Pack Classic with a doubleheader sweep over Southern Utah on Sunday at Hixson Park.
The wins ran the Wolf Pack’s home winning streak to 18-straight games dating back to the 2007 season. Overall, Nevada improved to 16-9 on the year and has won four straight.
Nevada jumped all over Southern Utah in the first game, taking a 10-2 win in six innings. In the second, the Wolf Pack wasted an early 3-0 lead before coming back for a 9-5 win over the Thunderbirds.
On the day, senior Brittany Puzey went 5-for-6 with three doubles, a home run, four runs and five RBI while sophomore Britton Murdock homered twice and drove in five.
In game two, the teams played scoreless ball for the first two and a half innings before Nevada struck first in the bottom of the third. With Kym Silagyi aboard, Puzey crushed a two-run home run to center field to put Nevada up 2-0. Murdock followed that with a solo home run to make it a 3-0 lead.
Starter Mallary Darby (W, 7-3) cruised early before giving up a run in the fourth. The freshman ran into trouble in the fifth as the Thunderbirds struck for four runs, including three on a bases-loaded double by Darleen Fernandez.
Nevada gave Darby the lead back in the bottom of the fifth, however. After Silagyi walked and Puzey was hit by a pitch, Murdock crushed her second homer of the game, and team-leading fifth of the year, to put Nevada back on top, 6-5.
The Pack added three more runs in the sixth on a two-run double by Puzey and an RBI single from Kelsey Starr.
Katie Holverson pitched two innings of scoreless relief to earn the save, her first of the season.
Nevada wasted no time in game one. As the designated visiting team for the game, the Pack jumped out and scored twice in the top of the first inning. Noelle Micka drew a lead-off walk and scored on Silagyi’s 13th career triple, as she extended her school record in that category. Silagyi then scored on Puzey’s program-record 49th career double (at the time; she now has 51 for her career).
The Pack opened it up in the third inning. Puzey started things off with an infield single and then stole second. After Murdock was hit by a pitch, Sam Bias and Sarah Hunt drew back-to-back walks, with Hunt’s scoring a run. Senior Michelle Beach then cleared the bases with a double to the gap in right-center to give Nevada a 6-0 lead.
After Southern Utah scored twice in the bottom of the fourth, Nevada got one run back in the fifth inning on a solo home run from Sam Bias.
The Wolf Pack got the run-rule victory after the sixth inning as Puzey drew a bases-loaded walk, Starr hit a sacrifice fly and Hunt hit a RBI double.
That was more than enough for Holverson, who scattered seven hits and did not walk a batter while striking out 10. She won her third straight game and improved to 9-6 on the year.
Nevada’s homestand continues next weekend as the Wolf Pack plays host to Santa Clara. The Pack and the Broncos will play a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.