Wolf Pack Softball Dominates Sunday's Double-Header
A potent offense and stellar pitching set the tone for the Nevada softball team all weekend where it went 5-0 at the DeMarini Desert Classic.
A potent offense and stellar pitching set the tone for the Nevada softball team all weekend where it went 5-0 at the DeMarini Desert Classic. Sunday’s performances were no different as the Wolf Pack scored 17 runs and surrendered only three hits over two games. The Pack knocked off Robert Morris, 9-0, and Southern Utah, 8-0, both in five innings.
Junior McKenna Isenberg recorded her second-straight complete game while matching her career-high with 11 strikeouts in the first game for Nevada (8-2). Freshman Brooke Bolinger followed Isenberg’s performance with a complete game seven strikeout performance.
The Pack won all five of its games in Vegas and has now won six in a row. Nevada has its best record through 10 games since 2014.
In the first game, Bolinger was dominant from start as she ended the top of the first inning with back-to-back strikeouts before the Pack went down in order to end the frame.
With Arriaga on first and one out, senior Amanda Weis got Nevada on the board by sending a 1-0 pitch to dead center field, putting the Pack ahead, 2-0. Later in the inning, with the bases loaded, freshman Kwynn Warner sent a single up the middle that scored sophomore Amanda Nicholas from third. Sweet tallied her 11th and 12th RBIs of the season on a two RBI single up the middle that made it 5-0 Nevada.
Purcell hit her second home run of the day to right field leading off the bottom of fourth before an RBI single from Nicholas gave the Pack a 7-0 advantage in the top of the fifth. Later in the inning, pinch runner Hannah Harger crossed the plate on a wild pitch to give the Pack its second win of the day.
With two outs in the top of the first and Martinez and Jenkins at first and second against the Colonials, Arriaga smacked a deep home run to left that gave the Pack an early 3-0 lead. The round tripper was the Palmdale, Calif., native’s first collegiate home run.
Purcell stepped to the plate with one out in the top half of the second and delivered her first home run of 2016, a solo shot to right, that extended the Nevada lead to 4-0. Warner doubled to the left center field gap with two out and was followed by a two-run home run from Martinez that made it 6-0 Wolf Pack.
Nevada’s six run were plenty for Isenberg who struck out four batters in the bottom of the second which included a runner reaching first on a wild pitch.
The Pack tacked on another run in the third on an RBI single to center that scored Arriaga from second and gave Nevada a 7-0 lead.
After Isenberg struck out the side in the fourth, the Pack pushed across the game-winning runs that were scored by Arriaga and freshman Amanda Geil, who made her first appearance of the season as a pinch runner in the inning.
Nevada will be back in action when it travels to Santa Clara where it will take on the Broncos, UConn and Illinois-Chicago from Feb. 26-28.
Nevada Press Release