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Purcell Ties NCAA Record as Pack Sweeps a Sunday Doubleheader

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Sophomore Jennifer Purcell tied the NCAA Division I record for consecutive hits with 13 and senior Megan Sweet went 6-for-9 with six RBI as the Nevada softball team topped Omaha, 11-2, and Montana in extra innings, 6-4, on Sunday to conclude play at the Grizzly Classic.

In the circle, the Wolf Pack (19-5) saw clutch pitching performances from sophomore Chase Redington, who tossed four innings of relief with no earned runs to earn the win over Montana, and junior McKenna Isenberg, who struck out eight batters in seven innings for her seventh win of the season.

Over the five games, Purcell hit a staggering .867 (13-for-15) with four doubles, two home runs and nine RBI. The consecutive hits mark was set by April Setterlund of Boston University in 2010 and was matched by Haley Ward of Norfolk State in 2013.

The Pack also recorded the program’s first ever triple play in the bottom of the fourth inning against Omaha. With two runners in scoring position, junior Raquel Martinez made a spectacular sliding catch in the left center gap for the first out and got both runners out, starting with the runner at second..

Game One Recap: Nevada 11, Omaha 3

With two outs, junior Melissa Arriaga sent a single up the middle that scored Martinez from second that gave the Pack an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second.

After a 1-2-3 inning from Isenberg, the Pack went to work again as freshman Kwynn Warner reached on a throwing error by the shortstop and later scored on a home run from Martinez to left center field that extended the Nevada advantage to 3-0.

The Pack tacked on two more runs in the top of the third on a bases-clearing double to the gap the pushed across Purcell and Arriaga that made it 5-0 Pack.  Purcell made it a 7-0 lead with one swing of the bat, a two-run shot and her second of the weekend.

The Mavs pushed across two runs in the bottom of the fourth but Nevada responded with another run in the visiting half of the fifth on an RBI double from Sweet. With Nevada now leading 8-2 entering the top of the seventh, Martinez made the game out of reach with her second home run of the day to center field that made it 11-2. The 11 runs were the most for the Pack in a single game this season.

Game Two Recap: Nevada 6, Montana 4 (8)

Trailing 2-0 entering the top of the second, Sweet stepped to the plate with one out and the bases loaded. She connected on the first pitch she saw to right center that sailed over the fence for a grand slam, putting the Pack ahead, 4-2.

The Griz got within a run, 4-3, in the third inning but starter Brooke Bolinger kept them in check after that. Bolinger was lifted in place of Redington in the fifth where she retired Montana in order. The Grizzlies tied the game in the top of the seventh on an unearned that forced the second extra innings game of the season for the Pack.

With the international tiebreak rule in effect, senior Hannah Harger led-off the top of the eighth on second base. She moved to third on a bunt from sophomore Aaliyah Gibson that was mishandled by the pitcher, allowing Gibson to reach. A sacrifice fly from Martinez scored Harger to give the Pack the lead, 5-4, and advance Gibson to second. Sweet added a much-needed insurance with a single through the right side that plated Gibson and made it a 6-4 game. 

Nevada opens conference play this week when the Pack welcomes Boise State for a three-game at Hixson Park. The two games will be played at 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and will wrap up with a12 p.m. matinee on Saturday.

Nevada Press Release

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