The Nevada softball pushed two runs across in the bottom of the seventh but could not get past Utah State as the Aggies topped the Wolf Pack, 11-9, in the second game of a three-game set at Hixson Park on Saturday afternoon.
Senior Karley Hopkins went 2-for-5 with an RBI double, freshman Alyssa Mendez went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and junior Megan Sweet tallied two RBI for the Pack (10-21, 0-2 MW). Freshman Chase Redington took the loss and senior Megan Dortch tossed 4.0 innings with four strikeouts.
Nevada struck first in the bottom of the second. Sweet led off the inning with a walk and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior Ashley Butera. After Sweet moved to third on an illegal pitch, Mendez was hit by a pitch and then stole second. On the steal, Sweet advanced home and gave the Pack an early 1-0 lead. With two out, senior Molly McWilliams extended the Nevada lead to 2-0 on an opposite field double that scored Mendez.
The Aggies responded with a six run top of the third to take a 6-2 lead but the Nevada clawed back again in the home half of the inning. Hopkins led off with a double before going to third on a single by freshman Aaliyah Gibson. Sweet then cut the Pack's deficit to two, 6-4, on a two-run single up the middle. Butera made it a one run game, 6-5, and chased Utah State's starter from the contest after an RBI double. After freshman Jennifer Purcell walked and McWilliams was hit by a pitch to load the bases, junior Danielle Wiltz reached on a throwing error by the shortstop that scored two gave and Nevada a 7-6 lead.
Utah State pushed across three more runs in the top of the fourth but senior Megan Dortch came on in relief and prevented further damage. The Reno native then blanked the Aggies for the next two innings. The Pack threatened in the bottom of the sixth after back-to-back singles from junior Jasmine Jenkins and Gibson but neither Sweet nor Butera could drive them home.
After the Aggies extended its lead to 11-7, Nevada had work to do in the bottom of the seventh. Purcell led off the inning with a single to center and was replaced by junior Hannah Harger. Mendez followed with another single to put runners on first and second. Hopkins then delivered with a double to right that scored Harger and made it an 11-8 ball game. With two runners in scoring position, pinch hitter Amanda Weis made it 11-9 after singling through the left side that scored Hopkins. Gibson re-entered for Weis and was called out on runner's interference to end the game and the Pack threat.