Senior Megan Sweet went 4-for-6 with a home run and three RBI and junior McKenna Isenberg gave up only one earned run in a complete game effort in the first game as the Nevada softball team split its home opening doubleheader against Sacramento State on Wednesday afternoon.
The Pack (15-4) took the first game, 4-3, before dropping the second, 4-2. Freshman Brooke Bolinger tossed a complete game with six strikeouts in game No. 2 while sophomore Aaliyah Gibson smacked her second home run of the season in a 2-for-6 day. Wednesday’s action marked Nevada’s first games since taking on the Hornets on March 4.
Freshman Amanda Geil crossed the plate from third base on a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the fourth of the second game that gave the Wolf Pack a 1-0 advantage. Bolinger struck out the side in the sixth and re-entered the circle in the seventh where fielding miscues put two runners on. The Hornets took advantage as a three-run home run put them ahead, 3-1, and tacked on another run before the end of inning.
Gibson led off the home half of the seventh inning with a solo home run that sailed over the right field fence for her second round-tripper of the season and cut the Nevada deficit to two, 4-2. It was all the Pack could muster though as Sacramento State ace Celina Matthias came on in relief to record the final three outs.
In the first game, freshman Kwynn Warner sent a lead-off single up the middle and moved to second on a fielder’s choice. With one out, Sweet stepped to the plate and pulled a pitch to deep right center for her 28th career home run that gave the Pack an early 2-0 lead.
After working a 1-2-3 second frame, Isenberg allowed two runs to cross in the third before giving up the go-head run in the fifth. Of the three runs, only one was credited to Isenberg.
The Pack regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth where Sweet and senior Jasmine Jenkins each tallied RBI doubles that gave Nevada a 4-3 advantage. Isenberg settled down and blanked the Hornets in the sixth and seventh
Nevada will be back in action this weekend at the Griz Classic in Missoula, Mont. The Wolf Pack will face Nebraska-Omaha twice and the host-Grizzlies three times.