Despite a two-run rally in the top of the seventh, the Nevada softball team could not complete the comeback as the Wolf Pack fell to UNLV, 5-3, on Saturday afternoon in Las Vegas.

Sophomore Aaliyah Gibson went 3-for-4 with two runs scored for the Wolf Pack (29-9, 7-4 MW) while senior Megan Sweet went 2-for-4 with a two RBI double. Junior McKenna Isenberg (10-5) took the loss despite allowing only two earned runs and striking out four in a complete game effort.

Back-to-back singles from freshman Kwynn Warner and Gibson led-off the top of the first but the inning yielded no runs. After Isenberg ended the first with a strikeout, Nevada was retired in order before UNLV used a big inning in the second to go up 3-0.

Nevada answered back in the top of the third beginning with a one-out single up the middle from Gibson. With two-outs and Gibson now on third, Purcell sent her 18th double of the season to the gap in left-center that cut the Nevada deficit to two, 3-1.

The Rebels converted on Wolf Pack miscues in the fourth to extend their lead to 5-1. The Nevada offense, who produced nine hits on the day, put runners on in the fifth and sixth but could not deliver the big hit. 

The Pack would not go down without a fight though as junior Raquel Martinez led-off the top of the seventh with a single up the middle. With one out, Gibson picked up her third hit of the afternoon with a single up the middle, giving Nevada runners on the corners. Sweet then stepped to the plate

First pitch in the rubber match of the three-game series is set for 12 p.m. tomorrow.

Nevada Press Release