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Nevada Softball Sweeps Opening Day

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2/12/2015

The Nevada softball team swept its first day of action at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., on Friday. The wins included a come-from-behind 7-6 win over Bradley and a 5-3 victory over Indiana, its first win over a school from one of the power five conferenceS since a 6-4 victory over Utah on Feb. 10, 2013.

Sophomore Aaliyah Gibson went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a double over the two games for the Wolf Pack (2-0) and senior Megan Sweet posted three hits and three RBI. Sophomore Chase Redington recorded the win in the first game and tallied a save in the win over Indiana.

Nevada got on the board quickly against the Hoosiers as an RBI double from Megan Sweet plated freshman Kwynn Warner that gave the Pack a 1-0 lead. Junior McKenna Isenberg started in the circle and dealt through the first four innings while holding onto a 1-0 advantage.

The Pack opened the top of the fifth with four-consecutive walks that extended its lead to 2-0. The walks led to Sweet ripping a two RBI single up the single that scored two before an RBI fielder’s choice from senior Jasmine Jenkins scored junior Raquel Martinez from third and gave Nevada a 5-0 lead.

The Hoosiers scored three in the bottom of the fifth that made it 5-3 but Redington recorded the final out of that inning and the final six outs for the save in 2.1 innings of work.

With two runners on in the top of the second against Bradley, sophomore Amanda Nicholas dropped a sacrifice bunt that moved both senior Amanda Weis and junior Melissa Arriaga into scoring position. Gibson kicked off her productive afternoon with an infield single that scored Arriaga and gave the Pack a 1-0 lead.

Warner's first collegiate hit also drove in a run as her RBI single to left scored Weis and extended the advantage to 2-0. Nevada tacked on another run on an error that made it 3-0 before the end of the home half of the second.

The Braves pushed two runs across to cuts its deficit to one, 3-2, and looked to put a runner on third in the top of the fourth on a ball in the gap but Gibson threw the runner out from center field without a cut off throw. Gibson's outfield assist ended the inning and protected the lead.

Jenkins’ solo home run to left center was her 10th career home run and made it 4-2 Nevada. Bradley would fight back to tie the game in the top of the sixth, take the lead in the top of the seventh and needed only three more outs to seal the victory.

Martinez led-off the bottom of the seventh with a walk and went to second on a single from Sweet. After a walk from Arriaga loaded the bases, Weis slapped an RBI single through the left side that made it a one run game, 6-5. Junior Nikki Orozco came on to pinch hit and produced an RBI walk that tied the game before a rare fielder’s choice walk-off from sophomore Jennifer Purcell clinched the comeback win for the Pack. 

The Wolf Pack returns to action tomorrow when it takes on Wisconsin at 10:30 a.m. PST and Boston College at 4 p.m. PST.

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