Strong pitching performances from sophomore McKenna Isenberg and freshman Chase Redington lifted the Nevada softball team to two wins, 6-2 over Portland State and 5-4 over St. Mary's, on Saturday at the Wolf Pack Classic.

Isenberg (3-8) tallied her second-consecutive complete game while Redington (4-6) went the distance for the fourth time this season for the Pack (8-18, 0-0 MW). Nevada has now won four straight and four of its last six games at Hixson Park.

After the Vikings pushed two runs across in the top of the first, Nevada responded with a big two-out rally in the home half of the second. After back-to-back singles from freshman Alyssa Mendez and junior Amanda Weis, senior Molly McWilliams moved both runners into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. With two outs, sophomore Raquel Martinez stepped to the plate and the Reno native delivered with a base hit up the middle that tied the game at 2-2. 

Senior Karley Hopkins then came to the dish and hit a double to the gap that scored Martinez from first and the Pack its first lead of the game, 3-2. Hopkins moved to third on a single from junior Danielle Wiltz who, along with Hopkins, scored on a single through the right side from junior Jasmine Jenkins that made it 5-2 Nevada.

Redington settled down after the first inning and did not allow another run to score in the game. The Pack bats gave the freshman another insurance run in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly from senior Ashley Butera scored freshman Aaliyah Gibson that gave the Pack a 6-2 before Redington closed the door in the top of the seventh.

In Nevada's first game of the day, the Pack jumped on the Gaels early in the bottom of the first. With one out, junior Danielle Wiltz singled through the right side and went from first base to third on a sacrifice bunt from Jenkins. With junior Megan Sweet at the plate, Wiltz scored on a wild pitch to give Nevada a 1-0 lead. Sweet and Mendez followed with back-to-back singles before Weis was hit by a pitch to load the bases. On a 1-0 count, McWilliams blasted a double off the wall in right field that scored two and extended the Nevada lead to 3-0.

After St. Mary's plated one on a solo home run to cut its deficit to two, 3-1, Butera made it 4-1 in the bottom of the fourth after McWilliams hit a single up the middle and stole second before being driven home on a double by the senior catcher.

In the bottom of the fifth, Mendez knocked a single through the right side and went to second on an error before scoring on an RBI double from Weis that made it 4-1 Pack.

Despite St. Mary's scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh, Isenberg held on to record her second-straight complete game.

Nevada Press Release