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Nevada Softball Wins Opening Game of NISC Tournament

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Freshman Mele Tausinga launched two home runs on Tuesday, including a walk-off solo shot in the seventh to carry the Wolf Pack to a 6-5 victory over UC Santa Barbara in the opening round of the Postseason NISC Tournament. With the win, the Pack improves its 2017 record to 29-23 on the season as it moves on to the next round in the Pacific regional.

Tausinga finished the day with a game-high three hits, where she connected on her fifth and sixth home runs of the season. In her last seven games, Tausinga is batting .533 (8-for-15), with four home runs and eight RBIs. During that timeframe she is also slugging 1.333 and has recorded an on base percentage of .562.

In total, the Pack belted out four home runs this afternoon, which is a season-high. Senior Nikki Orozco connected on her fourth long ball of the season, while freshman Kenzi Goins collected her third of the year. The 11 hits Nevada produced marks the third time in the last four games the Pack has accumulated 10 or more hits.

After the Gauchos (31-27) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, UCSB pushed its lead to five runs, following a three-run top of the third. The Pack never backed down from the challenge though, fighting back to score two runs in the bottom of the fourth, courtesy of back-to-back solo home runs from Tausinga and Orozco.

With Nevada still trailing, 5-2, the Pack added three runs to the scoreboard in the home half of the fifth to tie the game. Junior Erika Hansen got the offense going with a walk to put a runner on with one out for Goins, whose homer over the left-field fence brought the Pack to within one.

Tausinga continued to the rally with a single through the left side, in which Ali Tedford came into the game and pinch-ran for Tausinga. Tedford came around to score, courtesy of a base-knock from sophomore Alyssa Mendez that tied the game at five a side.

UCSB threaten in the top of the seventh, loading the bases with two outs but senior McKenna Isenberg bounced back and kept the Gauchos scoreless for the fourth inning in a row. With Tausinga leading things off in the bottom of the seventh, she took the first pitch of the at bat over the centerfield wall to give Nevada the 6-5 win.

The Pack will face the winner of the Cal Poly and Pacific matchup in the second round of the Pacific regional on Wednesday. First pitch for that contest is slated for 4 p.m. PT and can be viewed on

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