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Nevada Softball Drops Doubleheader to San Diego State

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Junior Megan Sweet went 4-for-6 on the day with four RBI to cap off a tremendous series at the plate but her efforts weren't enough as the Nevada softball team dropped both games of a doubleheader against San Diego State on Wednesday afternoon at Hixson Park. The Aztecs topped the Wolf Pack in five innings, 14-3, in game one and 9-7 in game two despite five-run rally in the bottom of the seventh.

Sweet finished the series hitting .700 (7-for-10) with two home runs and seven RBI as she continues to feast on Mountain West pitching in the early-going in conference play for the Pack (12-26, 2-6 MW). 

SDSU scored three runs in the top of the third but the Pack responded with a rally in the home half of the frame. With two outs, freshman Alyssa Mendez singled up the middle and advanced to second on another single from senior Karley Hopkins. Another single, this time from junior Jasmine Jenkins, loaded the bases for Sweet. The Bakersfield, Calif. native delivered for the Pack yet again as she pulled a pitch down the right field line that scored two and pulled Nevada closer, 3-2.

After plating runs in the fourth and sixth, SDSU pushed three more across in the top of the seventh that made it 9-3. But like Tuesday's contest, Nevada would not go down quietly. 

With one out, Mendez kept the Pack alive as she sent a solo home run to left center that made it a 9-4 ball game. The Aztecs were just one out away from the win before Jenkins singled to center field, Sweet walked and Weis was hit by a pitch that loaded the bases for freshman Jennifer Purcell. The Carson native made it a two-run game, 9-7, after hitting a grand slam, the first home run of her career. Despite the rally, it was not enough as the Aztecs completed the sweep with the final out.

In game one, after the Aztecs put up a run in the top of the first to take an early 1-0 lead, starter Megan Dortch held the SDSU bats at bay in the next inning before the Pack got on the board in the bottom of the third. Sophomore Nikki Orozco led off the inning with a single to left field and went to third after Mendez reached on a throwing error by the catcher. Nevada cut its deficit to one, 2-1, on a sacrifice fly from Hopkins that scored Orozco. With one out and Mendez at first, Sweet stepped to the plate and blasted a two-run home run to center field, her second of the series, to give the Pack a 3-2 lead.

The potent Aztec offense could not be kept down for longer though as San Diego State used a nine-run fourth inning to help give themselves a 14-3 win in five innings.

A quick turnaround is in store for Nevada as the Pack will hit the road tomorrow to travel to Boise State for a three-game series. Friday's first pitch against the Broncos is set for 3 p.m. PT.

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