The Nevada softball fell in both of its contests on the final day at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic on Sunday afternoon. The Pack first fell to Syracuse, 6-0, before dropping a 9-1 decision to Cal State Fullerton.
Junior Danielle Wiltz went for 4-for-4 on the day, recording two hits in each game, while freshman Jennifer Purcell went 3-for-4 for the Pack (3-12, 0-0 MW).
Senior Megan Dortch started against the Orange but was lifted after giving up two quick runs in the top of the first. Sophomore McKenna Isenberg came on in relief and recorded all three outs in the frame before keeping the Pack in the game by not allowing a run in the third, fourth and fifth innings.
Nevada put 11 runners on base in the game, including back-to-back singles from senior Ashley Butera and Jennifer Purcell that led off the bottom of the sixth inning for the Pack. After junior Hannah Harger moved both runners into scoring position on a ground out and senior Molly McWilliams reached first on a walk to load the bases, senior Karley Hopkins flied out to right field and doubled the runner off first base to end the threat.
Syracuse tacked on another run in the top of the seventh to extend its lead to 6-0, Wiltz singled down the right field to lead off the inning but would go no further as the Orange sat down the next three Nevada batters to seal the win.
Looking to avenge its Feb. 13 loss to the Pack last weekend, Cal State Fullerton came out swinging in the top of the first where they plated three runs before pushing across six more in the third to give themselves a 9-0 lead.
Nevada looked to make a comeback in bottom of the seventh after Wiltz ripped a two-out single to right field that scored McWilliams and put Nevada on the board, 9-1. But the Pack rally faltered as the Titans recorded the final out to take the game in five innings.
The Pack will next travel “South of the Border” to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to compete in the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge. Nevada will first take on BYU at 12 p.m. PT on Thursday, Feb. 26.