Fresno State Shuts Down Nevada Softball
Despite solid pitching from sophomore McKenna Isenberg and senior Megan Dortch, the Nevada softball team was unable to get anything going offensively against one of the conference's top pitchers in Fresno State's Jill Compton as the Wolf Pack fell to the first-place Bulldogs, 6-0.
Isenberg took the loss for the Pack (14-31, 4-12 MW) after giving up only one run on three hits in three innings of work. Junior Jasmine Jenkins went 1-for-3 with a double while also sending a ball to the warning track in the left field with Nevada trailing 1-0 in the top of the sixth.
With one out in the top of the first, Jenkins roped a double down the right field line, her fifth of the season. After moving to third on a groundout, Jenkins would be left stranded after a strikeout ended the inning and the Nevada threat.
After surrendering a run in the Isenberg was lifted in the bottom of the second thanks to her defense. Senior Karley Hopkins made another spectacular play at second base where she dove to her right and threw the runner out at first base from her knees before fielding another grounder for the second out and junior Megan Sweet recorded the third out.
Entering the bottom of the sixth, the Nevada pitching staff stranded eight Bulldog runners. But the Pack couldn'thold Fresno State down for long as they plated five runs in the bottom of the seventh to extend its lead to 6-0.
Game two of the three-game series will take place tomorrow at 6 p.m.