Junior Megan Dortch struck out 11 and faced just three over the minimum in a two-hitter as Nevada beat UTEP on Friday to open play in the Easton Desert Classic in Las Vegas on Friday.
In the nightcap, Nevada got a complete-game four-hitter from Karlyn Jones and some big offense from sophomores Amanda Weis and Megan Sweet in beating Portland State 6-2.
Nevada improved to 6-1 on the year with the sweep. The Wolf Pack will play two more games on Saturday, taking on Chatanooga and BYU before concluding play Sunday against old WAC foe Hawai`i.
"That was the best I've seen Dortch throw," Nevada coach Matt Meuchel said. "She was on today and I'm proud of her effort. I'm proud of this team. We're getting good defense, good pitching and some timely hitting."
Against the Miners, Dortch yielded just two singles and hit a batter for the only UTEP baserunners. She struck out 11, one off her career high of 12 set twice last season.
She got all the offense she needed in the second with a sacrifice fly by Amanda Weis. But Karley Hopkins added an RBI double in the third and Wies doubled in another run in the fourth. In the sixth, Hopkins homered to center for Nevada's first bomb of the season.
Weis belted a pair of two-run home runs against the Vikings, each coming after a walk drawn by Sara Parsons, and Sweet smacked a pair of doubles with two driven in to provide the bulk of the offense for Nevada.
Meanwhile, senior Karlyn Jones went the distance with eight strikeouts against just one walk. The Vikings scored both of their runs in the fourth as Jones yielded a bases-loaded walk and hit-by-pitch for Portland State's only runs of the game.