Sophomore Megan Sweet homered twice for the second straight game to help the Nevada softball team knock off Mountain West leader Fresno State 3-2, Thursday afternoon at Hixson Park.
The Bulldogs (30-20, 14-8 MW) entered today’s ballgame in a tie for first place with Boise State, hoping to gain the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Fresno State got off to a good start in the top of the first, plating the game’s first run on a RBI single to center.
With one out in the bottom of the first, Sweet stepped into the batter’s box and connected on a first-pitch, opposite field home run, tying the game at 1-1. The score remained deadlocked until the Wolf Pack (26-24, 8-14 MW) tacked on a run in the fourth. Amanda Weis led off the frame with a sharp single up the middle to give Nevada a base runner. Caylin Campbell also singled in the inning to provide two runners on the base paths. With two gone, Sara Parsons came through with a clutch single to center that broke the 1-1 tie.
Fresno State answered with a run of its own in the top of the fifth on a two-out double to left center that plated the tying run. Nevada broke the tie once and for all in the bottom half of the inning thanks to another solo shot by Sweet. Sweet’s eighth home run of the season, knocked over the right center field fence, put the Pack ahead 3-2.
Clinging to a one-run lead heading into the final frame, Nevada needed a 1-2-3 inning to avoid facing Fresno State’s Brenna Moss, who was 3-for-3 at the plate. A groundout to Weis at third and back-to-back infield pop ups sealed the victory for the Pack.
Wolf Pack starting pitcher Karlyn Jones tossed another gem in the circle Thursday afternoon. The current MW Pitcher of the Week cruised through all seven innings, allowing the two earned runs on six hits. Jones struck out nine batters during her ninth victory of the season and did not issue a walk. She came into today’s game as the national leader in walks allowed per seven innings.
Nevada looks to make it five wins in a row tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. against the Bulldogs from Hixson Park.