Junior Amanda Weis blasted a two-run home run and sophomore McKenna Isenberg tallied her third win of the weekend as the Nevada softball team topped St. Mary's, 8-2, for its fifth-consecutive victory on the final day of the Wolf Pack Classic on Sunday.
Isenberg (4-8), who went 5.2 innings while allowing only two earned runs with three strikeouts, has received the winning decisions in four of the Pack's last five victories. Juniors Megan Sweet, Jasmine Jenkins and senior Ashley Butera each recorded two hits for Nevada (9-18). The Pack's eight stolen bases in the victory set a program record for the most swiped bags in a single game.
The Gaels plated a run in the top of the first on an RBI triple but Nevada responded in the bottom of the second. After freshman Alyssa Mendez reached on a single to right field, Weis gave the Pack a 2-1 lead on one swing after crushing a two-run home run to left field. Nevada was not done in the inning as senior Molly McWilliams singled up the middle and stole second before being driven in on a double to left field by Ashley Butera that made it 3-1 Nevada.
In the bottom of the fourth with one out, Butera singled through the left side before being replaced by pinch runner Hannah Harger at first base. Harger then stole second and went third on a ground out before senior Karley Hopkins made it a 4-1 game on an infield RBI single.
Isenberg ran into some trouble in the top of the sixth after allowing an RBI single that cut the St. Mary's deficit to two, 4-2. Freshman Chase Redington came on for Isenberg and recorded the final out of the inning to preserve the lead.
The Pack responded in the bottom half the inning where the lone hit came on an RBI single from Megan Sweet and three Nevada runs were scored on three errors made by the Gaels that made it 8-2. Redington closed the door on St. Mary's in the bottom of the seventh for her second save of the season.
The Pack will next travel to Sacramento State for a doubleheader on Wednesday, March 18. Game one begins at 1 p.m. and game two is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.