Sophomore Aaliyah Gibson hit for the cycle for the Nevada softball team in a 10-4 win over San Diego State in game No. 1 of a doubleheader before the Wolf Pack (23-6, 4-1 MW) fell to the Aztecs in the second game, 9-1, on Tuesday in San Diego.
Gibson is the first player to hit for the cycle in program history. The game one win was also the Wolf Pack’s first victory over the Aztecs since April 7, 2013, a 4-2 win in San Diego. Senior Megan Sweet hit two home runs in the first game to give her 32 for her career, two behind the all-time leader Brittney Puzey.
Game One Recap
After freshman Brooke Bolinger ended the bottom of the first with a swinging strikeout, sophomore Jennifer Purcell led-off the top of the second with a walk. A sacrifice bunt from junior Melissa Arriaga moved her to second and with two out senior Hannah Harger was hit by a pitch. Gibson then stepped to the plate and shot a 1-1 pitch to the gap that scored Purcell from second to give the Pack a 1-0 lead.
Another strikeout from Bolinger ended the second and junior Raquel Martinez got the top of the third started with a single to left. Sweet was the next batter and sent a pitch to left field and into the wind for her first home run of the day that made it 3-0 Nevada.
The inning continued after senior Jasmine Jenkins was hit by a pitch and Purcell walked. With two outs and the bases loaded after a single from sophomore Amanda Nicholas, Gibson cleared the bases and made it 6-0 with a bases-clearing stand-up triple, her third of the season.
The Aztecs got two runs back on a home run but Sweet responded with another two-run home run, her eighth of the season, that extended the Wolf Pack lead to 8-2.
Another two-run home from the San Diego State in the bottom of the fifth cut it to four, 8-4, but Bolinger blanked the Aztecs in the sixth with a 1-2-3 inning.
With a double already in the second, a triple in the third and a single in the fifth, Gibson stepped to the plate with Harger on first and sent a 1-2 to pitch over the right field fence that made it 10-4 in favor of Nevada. Gibson also completed the cycle with the home run, becoming the first player in Wolf Pack softball history to do so.
Game Two Recap
The Aztecs jumped on top early with a 3-0 lead and the Pack put seven runners combined on-base through the first three innings but it could not muster a run.
Starter McKenna Isenberg settled down and blanked SDSU in the second and third before the Aztecs tallied a run in the fourth and three more in the fifth to build their lead to 7-0. In all, Isenberg was only on the hook for two earned runs.
The Pack got on the board in the top of the sixth after back-to-back singles freshman Kwynn Warner and Martinez it runners on first and second. With one out, Sweet walked to load the bases before Warner came home on an RBI single from Jenkins.
Nevada will look to claim the rubber match against the Aztecs tomorrow at 12 p.m.