Despite two home runs from junior Megan Sweet that gave the Nevada softball team a two-run lead in the top of the fifth and the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh, the Wolf Pack (12-27, 2-8 MW) could not hang on as Boise State knocked off the Pack, 5-4, in walk-off fashion on Friday afternoon.
For Sweet it was her fourth career multi-home run game and it was part of a three home run day for Nevada. Senior Megan Dortch went 5.2 innings, four of them scoreless, with three strikeouts and junior Jasmine Jenkins went 1-for-4 with a solo home run.
Boise State plated a run in the bottom of the first but the Pack responded with one swing of the bat in the top of the third. On a 1-0 count, Jenkins rocketed a line drive over the left field wall to tie the game at 1-1. The solo shot was the Irvine, Calif. native's fourth home run of the season.
With one out in the bottom of the third and a runner on first, Dortch recorded-back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning.
Nevada gave its hurler some support in the top of the fourth where senior Ashley Butera led off the inning with her sixth double of the season to left center. After sophomore Raquel Martinez came on for Butera as a pinch runner, Orozco rocketed a one-out double that scored Martinez from second and gave the Pack a 2-1 lead.
After Dortch held the Broncos scoreless again in the fourth, Sweet stepped to the plate with one out and lifted a pitch for an opposite-field home run, a solo shot, that extended the Nevada lead to 3-1. For Sweet it was her fourth home run in five games and her seventh of 2015.
The setting sun played a role in Boise State's game-tying double but they would not hold the lead for long as Sweet hit her second opposite field bomb of the game to put the Pack ahead, 4-3. For the second time in the game, the Broncos would come back again, and this time it counted, as they walk-off with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh.
Nevada will be back at it against Boise State for the second game of the series at 1:30 p.m.