Despite taking an early lead, the potent San Jose State offense and defensive miscues plagued the Nevada softball team as the Spartans took the first game of the three-game series, 11-1, at Hixson Park on Friday afternoon.
Freshman Brooke Bolinger, who blanked the Spartans through the first four innings, took the loss for the Wolf Pack (30-10, 8-5) after striking out three in six innings of work. Senior Megan Sweet posted her 10th double of the season in the loss and is now four doubles shy of tying Karley Hopkins’ program record of 61.
After Bolinger worked a 1-2-3 top of the first, freshman Kwynn Warner tallied the first Wolf Pack hit of the day on a single to left center. As Warner rounded first, the ball was bobbled by the center fielder and she advanced to second on error.
Warner’s head up base running proved key as senior Jasmine Jenkins stepped to the plate with two out and gave the Pack a 1-0 lead on an RBI single up the middle.
Bolinger worked out of a jam in the second, ended the third on a strikeout and another jam in the fourth. The freshman couldn’t keep the Mountain West’s top offense down for the long though as the Spartans three runs in the fifth, five in the sixth and three more in seventh to seal the win.
Game No. 2 between the Spartans and Wolf Pack will start at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Hixson Park.