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Nevada Softball Win Streak up to 10

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The Nevada softball team extended its winning streak to 10 games, the program’s longest since 2009, with an extra innings victory over UConn, 3-2, and a 2-0 win over UIC on Saturday at the SCU Invitational.

Nevada (12-2) saw two outstanding pitching performances from junior McKenna Isenberg and freshman Brooke Bolinger who combined to give up only four hits and one earned run in 14 innings. The duo each recorded their fifth wins of the season on Saturday. Sophomore Aaliyah Gibson went 3-for-5 on the day with two RBI and the walk-off hit over the Huskies in game No. 1.

Bolinger started out strong against UIC as she struck out the side in the first inning and struck out one more in the bottom of the second. Nevada didn’t get its first baserunner until the fourth but got on the board first in the top of the fifth. 

Sophomore Amanda Nicholas, who was later pinch ran for by freshman Amanda Geil, started the frame off with a single followed by another base hit from sophomore Jennifer Purcell. After Gibson sacrificed to move both runners up, freshman Kwynn Warner walked to load the bases. Junior Raquel Martinez earned an RBI and gave the Pack a 1-0 lead the hard way by getting hit by a pitch, scoring Geil from third.

Nevada tacked on another run in the top sixth on an infield RBI single from Gibson that scored senior Amanda Weis from third and extended the lead to 2-0. It was all Bolinger needed as the freshman tallied a strikeout to end the sixth and posted two more in the bottom of the seventh.

In circle just one night after tossing a complete game in a 4-1 win over Santa Clara, Isenberg stayed in rhythm against the Huskies where she struck out six and gave up one run on only one hit through six innings of work.

With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Gibson laid down a bunt that was fielded and thrown away by the third baseman. The sophomore advanced to second on the error. That brought Warner to the plate, who was 0-for-2 on the day and had a 12-game hitting streak on the line. On a 0-1 pitch, Warner knocked one through the middle that scored Gibson and tied the game at 1-1.

Isenberg fanned two more in the top of the top of the seventh that brought her strikeout total to eight but the Pack couldn’t come up with a baserunner in the bottom half of the inning. With a runner placed at second to begin the top of the eighth, the Huskies regained the lead on a single to center field that made it 2-1.

The Pack used senior Hannah Harger as its runner at second base to start the inning and she moved to third on a well-executed sacrifice bunt from Nicholas. Purcell then stepped to plate and rocketed a pitch that the center fielder lost in the sun. The ball ricocheted as Harger scored to tie game at 2-2 and Purcell rounded second for third where she was awarded the base on an obstruction call. That set the stage for Gibson who with one out sent a single up the middle for the game-winning hit.

The Wolf Pack wraps up play at the SCU Invitational tomorrow at 11:15 a.m. against Santa Clara.

Nevada Press Release

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