Three home-runs and a complete game, three strikeout performance from freshman Chase Redington lifted the Nevada softball team to a 6-3 victory over UTEP in its second game of the second day at the Wilson/DeMarini Desert Classic. The Wolf Pack fell to Long Beach State 10-2 in five innings in its first contest of the day.
Juniors Amanda Weis and Jasmine Jenkins and senior Ashley Butera each hit home runs that accounted for five of Nevada's six runs. The Pack (3-6, 0-0) also saw a career milestone in the victory over the Miners. With her RBI single in the top of the sixth inning, senior Karley Hopkins became the Nevada softball's hits leader (227) passing Brittany Puzey for first place on the all-time list.
Nevada got on the scoreboard first on a solo home run form Weis, her second round tripper of the season and the weekend, that made it 1-0 Nevada in the top of the second. After Redington blanked the Miners in the third and fourth innings, Butera cranked her second home run of the season to left-center field in the top of the fifth that extended the Nevada lead to 2-0. In the same inning, Hopkins singled and was moved to third base on a double from freshman Aaliyah Gibson, setting up a three-run home run from Jenkins that gave the Pack a 5-0 advantage.
Redington allowed three runs on five hits in the home half of the fifth inning but recorded a big strikeout with runners on second and third to preserve the Pack's two run lead, 5-3. Hopkins' record-breaking RBI single the following inning gave Nevada a 6-3 lead before Redington closed the door on UTEP in the seventh.
In Nevada first game of the day, LBSU scored four runs in the top of the first and one run in the top of the second to take a 5-0 lead. Nevada then plated two runs in the bottom of the third on a fly ball by Weis that was mishandled by the left fielder, scoring Gibson and Jenkins to make it 5-2 LBSU.
The 49ers would tack on five more runs in the fourth and fifth innings to give themselves the 10-2 win in five innings.
Nevada will wrap-up action at the Wilson/DeMarini Desert Classic tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. when the Pack takes on Utah.