Junior Erika Hansen recorded five RBIs against San Diego State to set the Nevada single season record, but her effort was not enough as the Nevada softball team fell to SDSU on Thursday evening by a score of 11-9. Heading into Friday’s second game of the three-game series, the Wolf Pack sits at 27-22 on the season and 12-10 in Mountain West play.
On the day, Nevada’s offense was led by junior Erika Hansen, who went 2-for-3 in the game with a home run and five RBIs. She now has 57 RBIs on the season, breaking Megan Sweet’s single season record of 52 RBIs in a year.
Hansen was one of four players for the Pack to collect two hits on the day, as senior Raquel Martinez, sophomore Alyssa Mendez and freshman Haley Burda all recorded a pair of hits. Freshman Kenzi Goins went 1-for-3 on the day, extending her reached base streak to 23 games.
The Aztecs (30-17, 14-8 MW) displayed their nation-leading team batting average early on, crossing the plate four times off of three hits in the top of the first inning. The Pack didn’t shy away from the challenge though, tacking on a run in the bottom of the second and after SDSU added a run of its own in the third, Hansen brought Nevada back to within two runs with one swing of the bat.
After Martinez led off the home half of the third with a single up the middle, Hansen took a 1-0 pitch over the centerfield wall to cut the Aztecs’ lead to 5-3. With San Diego State responding with three more runs in the fourth, Nevada came right back to score a pair of runs to cut the Aztec advantage to 8-5.
In the top of the fifth, SDSU would push its lead back to four runs, but Nevada never gave up, coming out with a three-run home half of the inning. Senior Nikki Orozco and Mendez started the bottom of the inning with back-to-back hits and after a bases loaded walk from freshman Mele Tausinga that scored Orozco, Hansen stepped up to the plate with two outs and runners at every bag.
She connected on a single up the middle to score two runs on the play, giving her RBIs four and five on the day, as SDSU’s lead with cut to just one run. After SDSU extended its advantage back to three runs in the top of the seventh, Nevada put in a bid for another comeback with Burda’s first home run of her career.
Her solo shot was not enough to jumpstart the Pack as the Aztecs took game one of the series, 11-9. Nevada will be back in action on Friday for the second game against San Diego State. With first pitch slated for 4 p.m. PT, the Pack will host its Alumni Day at 2 p.m., as a tailgate will be held for alumni beyond the right-field fence.