Nevada Softball Drops Two One-Run Games
Despite a standout pitching performance from sophomore McKenna Isenberg and an impressive offensive display from junior Megan Sweet, the Nevada softball team dropped two close contests to Northern Colorado, 2-1, and Southern Illinois, 6-5, on day two of the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge on Friday.
Isenberg (0-7) took both losses for the Pack but recorded 15 strikeouts over the two games with a 1.58 ERA. Junior Jasmine Jenkins and senior Karley Hopkins picked up three hits apiece for the Pack (3-15, 0-0 MW).
After starter Chase Redington allowed Southern Illinois to score one run in the top of the first, Nevada countered with two runs of its own in the home half of the inning on a two RBI single from Sweet that scored Hopkins and junior Danielle Wiltz.
The Salukis put up three more runs to take a 4-2 lead in the second but the Pack responded with another run on an RBI single from Hopkins that cut it to 4-3 in the bottom of the second. Isenberg blanked Southern Illinois in the third fourth and fifth innings after coming on for Redington to get the final out of the second.
The Pack trailed 5-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh before Jenkins led off the frame with a single to right field. Sweet stepped to the plate and on the second pitch cranked her first home run of the season to right field to tie the game at 5-5.
In extras, the Salukis pushed the winning run across and prevented Nevada from getting a runner on in the home half of the eighth to take the evening contest, 6-5.
After giving up a two-run home run in the top of the first, starter Isenberg struck out the side in the visiting half of the second to give her four strikeouts on the afternoon. The sophomore settled in for the rest of the contest as she did not allow another run and struck out a season-high eight batters, all while going the distance.
With one out, after Sweet picked up her second double of the game, freshman Alyssa Mendez grounded out to third for the second out before Weis singled up the middle to score Sweet and cut the Nevada deficit to one, 2-1.
The Pack couldn't manage to get a runner on in the bottom of the seventh and were denied of a comeback for the second-consecutive game.
Tomorrow, the Pack's first and second games were pushed back to 10:30 a.m. PT and 1 p.m. PT against Southern Illinois and Northern Colorado, respectively.