The Nevada softball team ran its home winning streak to 20 straight with a doubleheader sweep over Santa Clara on Saturday at Hixson Park.
The Wolf Pack won its sixth straight overall and improved to 18-9 on the season. The Broncos fell to 4-16. The teams will conclude their three-game series on Sunday with the first pitch at noon.
Nevada won 15-7 in the first game and 12-0 in the second. The Wolf Pack recorded 32 hits and scored 27 runs on the day. Sophomore Britton Murdock crushed two home runs, scored four runs and drove in three while Danielle Patrick, Sarah Hunt and Kym Silagyi each had five hits on the day.
Freshman Mallary Darby tossed a three-hit shutout in game two and improved to 8-3 on the year. Both Darby and junior Katie Holverson, who won game one, eclipsed the 100-strikeout mark for the season.
In game one, Nevada set a season high with 18 hits in a 15-7 victory. The hit total was one shy of the team record (19 vs. San Jose State; April 11, 2003). Noelle Micka, Sarah Hunt and Kym Silagyi each went 3-for-4 in the game as Hunt drove in three. Micka, Silagyi, Brittany Puzey and Murdock each drove in two runs in the game.
Nevada jumped out early against the Broncos, scoring three times in the first inning. Micka led off with a single and she scored on Silagyi’s 14th career triple. After Puzey grounded out, Murdock crushed a Kaitlyn Rauschnot offering over the fence in right field for her team-leading sixth home run of the season.
The Pack added two more in the second inning as Micka slammed a two-run double and Nevada made it 6-0 in the third on a Hunt RBI single.
Santa Clara got one back in the top of the fourth but Nevada scored three times in the bottom of the inning. Danielle Patrick singled to lead off the inning and Micka followed with a single. Silagyi followed with the Pack’s third straight single to score Patrick. After Puzey grounded out, Murdock drew a walk (she had three on the day) to load the bases.
Pinch-hitter Jessica Haight, making the first at-bat of her career, then delivered a single to right to score Micka. Sam Bias added a sacrifice fly and Nevada had a 9-1 lead.
Katie Holverson cruised through the first four innings and gave way to Puzey, making the first pitching appearance of her career, in the fifth. The Broncos scored six runs in the fifth, all unearned as Nevada committed a pair of errors in the field.
Nevada then tacked on six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to get the run-rule victory. The Pack got a run on an error, another on a wild pitch, two runs on a Hunt single and Nevada won it on a Puzey two-run single.
Holverson, who re-entered during the Broncos’ rally in the fifth, won her third straight decision and improved to 10-6. She pitched five and a third innings and gave up just two hits and one run, which was unearned. She walked two and struck out six.
In game two, Darby dominated from the start. She scattered three hits and had only real jam – a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the fifth. But she worked out of it and preserved her third career complete-game shutout.
Offensively, Micka hit a three-run home run and Murdock tagged a solo shot. Haight got her second hit of her career and her first a home run – a two-run shot. Nevada had 12 hits in the game, including a three-for-three performance by Patrick.