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Nevada rallies past UH


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POSTED: Saturday, March 28, 2009

They had some trouble getting the lights on at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium last night.

Once they did, Nevada generated enough power to stun Hawaii with a 6-5 comeback win in eight innings.

The Rainbow Wahine had plenty of juice at the plate themselves, as first baseman Amanda Tauali'i hit three home runs and Tanisha Milca added another.

But trailing 4-2 and down to its last strike in the top of the seventh inning, Nevada (23-9, 3-0 Western Athletic Conference) caught and passed the Wahine (14-18, 2-2) on Brittany Puzey's three-run homer to left field.

Tauali'i tied the game with a seventh-inning single, but Sam Bias' solo homer in the top of the eighth extended the Wolf Pack's winning streak against Hawaii to six straight meetings.

“;Usually when we come out that aggressive and have that many power balls you're going to win a ballgame,”; Hawaii coach Bob Coolen said. “;But we made too many mistakes.”;

The Western Athletic Conference series concludes today with a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. at RWSS.

Nevada reliever Mallary Darby earned the win in relief of Katie Holverson, who finished with nine strikeouts. UH freshman Stephanie Ricketts had eight strikeouts and took the loss.

The start of the game was delayed when the lights wouldn't come on, and there was another 15-minute power outage in the third inning.

The delays didn't seem to bother Tauali'i, a junior who hit two home runs in her entire high school career.

“;I had a rough run in Louisiana (during UH's road trip last week). I just needed to focus and that's what I tried to do,”; said Tauali'i, now the team leader with nine homers. “;We're coming out tomorrow hard. We played a great game tonight and things didn't roll our way.”;

After her third homer gave UH a 4-1 lead going into the seventh, the Wolf Pack loaded the bases with one out and closed to 4-2 on Kym Silagyi's RBI groundout. Puzey then sent a full-count offering out to left field to give the Wolf Pack their first lead.

Tauali'i's bases-loaded single tied the game to force extra innings, but Bias launched an 0-2 offering from Ricketts out to left to break the tie in the eighth and Darby retired the Wahine in order to end the game.