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Nevada Softball Splits Doubleheader with Boise St.

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 The Nevada softball team split its Sunday doubleheader against Boise State as the Wolf Pack claimed game one in extra innings, 4-3, before falling in a slugfest in game two, 16-13.

Over the two games, senior Molly McWilliams went 4-for-6 with two home runs and five RBI and junior Amanda Weis posted two home runs with five RBI of her own for the Pack (13-28, 3-9 MW). Senior Megan Dortch (4-8) earned decisions for Nevada in both games.

In game two, after Boise State plated three runs in the bottom of the first, a sacrifice fly from freshman Alyssa Mendez cut the Pack's deficit to two, 3-1. The Broncos would come right back though to plate five in the bottom of the third to take an 8-1 lead.

In the top of the fourth, the Wolf Pack countered with an impressive seven-run outburst. With the bases loaded and no one out, junior Jasmine Jenkins got the scoring in the inning started with a double to the right-center field gap that scored two and made it an 8-3 game. After junior Megan Sweet walked to load the bases for the time in the inning, McWilliams cut the lead in half, 8-4, on a single to center field that scored senior Karley Hopkins from third base. Weis served as the tying run when she stepped to the dish and she did just that as she blasted her sixth home run of the season to tie the game at 8-8.

After the Broncos scored in the bottom of the inning to take a 9-8 lead, Nevada pushed two runs across on back-to-back home runs from McWilliams and Weis that put the Pack back on top, 10-9. The Pack wasn't able to hold on though as the Broncos responded with a seven-run inning of their own in the bottom of the sixth to go up 16-10.

Nevada wouldn't go down without a fight though as McWilliams rocketed a three-run home run, her second of the game, that made 16-13 in favor of Boise State. A new pitcher would come on for the Broncos and record the next two outs to half the Nevada comeback. 

For McWilliams, who only had one career home  run coming into the game, it was the first multi-home run game of her career while it was number three for Weis in her time so far at Nevada. 

In game one, Hopkins led-off the top of the first with her 13th double of the season and later went to third on a balk. With one out, Sweet stepped to the plate delivered with a single to right field that scored Hopkins and gave Nevada a 1-0 lead.

Sophomore McKenna Isenberg, who replaced Dortch and recorded the final out of the inning after a three-run third, faced 10 batters in 2.1 innings of work and struck out four. Isenberg held the Broncos scoreless in the fourth and fifth before the Pack would claw back again in the top of the sixth where freshman Jennifer Purcell reached on a lead-off single through the right side. The very next batter, Butera tied the game at 3-3 after rocketing a 2-0 pitch to left center for her fourth home run of the season.

After Dortch re-entered the circle in the bottom of the sixth, the senior kept the Bronco bats at bay as the game went into extra innings. 

In the top of the ninth, Hopkins led-off the inning with a single up the middle for her second hit of the afternoon. After a walk from Jenkins, Sweet followed with an infield single to load the bases. With one out, Purcell lifted a fly ball to right field that scored Hopkins from third and gave Nevada a 4-3 lead.

In the ninth, Dortch closed the door on the Broncos and earned the win that forced a rubber match in the series.

Nevada Press Release 


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