After going 2-0 on its first day at the Kajikawa Classic on Friday, the Nevada softball team dropped a pair of games on Saturday to two power five programs in Wisconsin, 3-2, and Boston College, 8-1.
Sophomore Aaliyah Gibson had another excellent day going 4-for-6 with two runs scored and an RBI for the Wolf Pack (2-2). After starting in Nevada’s first victory against Bradley yesterday, freshman Brooke Bolinger put the Pack in a position to win against the Badgers as she tossed 5.0 innings allowing only one earned run.
The Eagles jumped out to an early lead and never lost it after scoring two runs in the second and two more in the third.
Nevada tried to fight back though as Gibson singled to left with one out in the top of the fifth and moved to second on a groundout. With two outs, junior Raquel Martinez sent a double to center that scored Gibson cut the Boston College lead to three, 4-1. But it wasn’t enough as the Eagles pulled away with the win.
After a scoreless first inning from both the Pack and Wisconsin in the first game, the Badgers capitalized on some Wolf Pack miscues that led to their first run in the second frame. Wisconsin pushed two more runs across in the top of the fourth on three costly Wolf Pack errors that made it 3-0.
The Pack bats were quiet in the bottom of the fourth and fifth but the pitching and defense settled down. With one out in the top of the fifth, the Badgers’ Chloe Miller was looking to leg out a triple but was cut down rounding around second by Gibson for the second out. The out was Gibson’s second outfield assist of the weekend from center field.
With one out in the bottom of the sixth, senior Jasmine Jenkins ripped a single up a middle and advanced to third after junior Melissa Arriaga doubled down the left field line. Senior Amanda Weis scored Jenkins on a sacrifice fly that put the Pack on the board, 3-1.
After sophomore pitcher Chase Redington’s second scoreless inning of relief, Nevada looked to make something happen in the bottom of the seventh. Gibson stepped to the plate with one out and no one and connected on a pitch that sailed over the right field fence for her first career home run that cut her team’s deficit to one, 3-2. Despite freshman Kwynn Warner getting on with a single up the middle she would not score as the Badgers escaped with the win.
The Wolf Pack wraps up the weekend tomorrow against East Carolina at 10:15 a.m. PST.
Nevada Press Release