Nevada Release


The Nevada softball team won its 12th-straight game, 3-1, but dropped the second game of a doubleheader, 8-0, against Sacramento State on Friday.

The 12-game win streak is tied for the second-longest in program history and it’s the longest since 2009. The Wolf Pack (14-3) last lost on Feb. 13 to Boston College.

Freshman Brooke Bolinger (6-1) went the distance for the second-straight start and did not allow an earned run. Sophomore Aaliyah Gibson went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI while senior Megan Sweet picked up two hits including an RBI triple. Senior Hannah Harger hit a double and scored a run in her first start of the season and her first-career start at third base.

The Hornets swarmed the Pack early in the second game as they plated one run in the first and four runs in the second. The run in the first inning marked the first time an opponent scored a run in the first all season against the Nevada pitching. A rain delay that went an hour and 12 minutes kept the Pack bats cold as the Hornets scored three more runs in the bottom of the fourth to win the game 8-0 in five innings.

With one out in the top of the third of the first game, Harger ripped a ball over the left fielder’s head that rolled to the wall for a stand-up double. Gibson then stepped to the plate and slapped a ball through the middle for a base hit that scored Harger from second and gave the Pack a 1-0 lead. 

Gibson, who advanced to second on the throw from the center fielder, later scored on a two-out RBI single from junior Raquel Martinez that made it 2-0 Nevada. On a 3-2 count, Sweet rocketed a ball that the right fielder dove for but couldn’t grab. It rolled to the wall as Martinez scored easily and Sweet stood at third with a triple.

After Bolinger blanked Sac State through the first three innings, the Hornets got on the board with an RBI double in bottom of the fourth that made it a two-run game, 3-1. The freshman southpaw settled down though and struck out two batters in the bottom of the fifth and posted 1-2-3 innings in the sixth and seventh.

Nevada will be back in action at the Aggie Classic next weekend where it will take on Stony Brook, UC Davis, Seattle and Colgate from March 12-13.