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Nevada Softball Tops Colorado State in 14 Innings

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In what turned out to be one of the longest games in program history, senior Melissa Arriaga lifted the Nevada softball team to a 14-inning, 8-7, victory over Colorado State on Saturday afternoon. The walk-off win on improves the Wolf Pack’s record to 25-19 on the season and 10-7 during Mountain West play.

Arriaga finished the marathon batting 2-for-6 on the day with three RBIs, two of which came in the bottom of the 14th inning. Sophomore Rachel Rodriguez collected her second victory of the season, pitching a stellar nine innings of relief, where she threw just 124 pitches in the process. Rodriguez’s sophomore counterpart, Alyssa Mendez, led the Pack with three hits on the day, which ties her career-high.

Prior to the start of the game, Nevada held a special pregame ceremony that honored Jayme King. With her family in attendance, King’s sister, Jordan, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. The Wolf Pack softball team also honored King by releasing teal colored balloons into the sky to remember King.

Once the game began, the Rams (23-19, 8-12 MW) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning for the second day in a row but the Pack never backed down from the challenge. In the bottom of the inning, freshman Sienna Swain singled through the right side to put a runner on for junior Erika Hansen.

On just the third pitch she saw, Hansen launched her 10th home run of the season over the right field fence to give the Pack its first lead of the game, 2-1. Hansen finished the afternoon going 2-for-3 with four walks, which ties a program record for most walks in a game.

Nevada’s offense wasn’t done though as the team tacked on three more runs in the second to push its lead to four. With two runners on base and one out, Arriaga doubled home senior Nikki Orozco, which extended the Pack’s lead to 3-1. After senior Raquel Martinez singled home Arriaga, Nevada drew back-to-back walks, which set the table for freshman Kenzi Goins to drive home Martinez for the Pack’s third run of the inning.

The Rams didn’t shy away though as they added a run to the scoreboard in the top of the third to trim Nevada’s lead to just three runs. Colorado State slowly chipped away at Nevada’s lead, scoring twice in the top of the sixth and once in the seventh to tie the score at five a piece.

As the game headed into its extra session, the Pack would go seven innings without scoring a run. After Colorado State took a one-run lead in the top of the 10th, Nevada responded with a run of its own, courtesy of a Mendez single, which brought around Goins to score the tying run.

The score remained knotted at six for the next three innings but the Rams began the first half of the 14th frame reclaiming the lead, 7-6. With Nevada’s backs against the wall for the second time in the extra innings, Goins began the home half of the 14th with her second hit of the afternoon. That at bat marked her seventh of the afternoon, tying a program record for most at bats in a single game.

Junior Aaliyah Gibson singled Goins over to second to put two runners on with nobody out in the inning. The Rams retired the next two batters but after junior Amanda Nicholas drew her third walk of the game, Arriaga stepped up to the plate with two outs and singled home both Goins and Gibson to give Nevada the thrilling, 8-7, walk-off victory.

The Pack will be back in Hixson Park on Sunday as the team goes up against the Rams in the final game of the three-game series. First pitch for that matchup is scheduled for 11 a.m. PT and can be streamed free of charge on NevadaWolfPack.tv.

Nevada Press Release

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