In the rubber match of the three-game series Kansas, the Nevada softball team fell to the Jayhawks by a score of 13-5 on Sunday afternoon. With the defeat, the Wolf Pack now sits at 23-19 on the year as the team finishes its season 3-2 against Power-5 opponents.
For the 17th time this season, the Pack’s offense got going early on, jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Senior Raquel Martinez led off the game with a walk, which allowed freshman Sienna Swain to use a bunt single and move Martinez to third, after a throwing error from Kansas.
With two runners on and nobody out, junior Erika Hansen reached base on a fielder’s choice, where Martinez came around to score the first run of the game. Nevada’s early offense wasn’t finished though, as senior Nikki Orozco launched her second home run of the season over the left field fence to push Nevada’s lead to 2-0.
However, Kansas (24-23) responded in the home half of the second with a run of its own, which led to a total of seven unanswered runs over the next two innings. The Pack didn’t go away quietly though as Nevada bounced back in the top of the fifth by plating two more runs to cut the Kansas lead to 7-4.
The Jayhawks would answer with a pair of multiple-run innings in the fifth and sixth frame to seal the 13-5 victory. Nevada will be back at Hixson Park April 28-30, where the Pack will resume conference play with a three-game set against Colorado State.