Nevada Release

5/12/2016

The Nevada softball team ended its five-game losing streak in convincing fashion on Thursday as the Wolf Pack (31-14, 9-9 MW) topped Utah State in five innings, 12-4, in the opening game of a three-game series.

Freshman Brooke Bolinger (15-6) picked up the win for the Pack after tossing a complete game with five strikeouts. Sophomore Aaliyah Gibson and seniors Megan Sweet and Amanda Weis each posted three hits while Sweet recorded three RBI. After crossing the plate twice, Sweet broke the program’s runs scored record now has 155 for her career

The Wolf Pack took out their recent frustrations in the top half of the first inning where it started off the game with four-consecutive hits. Martinez’s RBI double scored Gibson for the game’s first run and Sweet followed with another double that made it 2-0. Purcell extended the Nevada lead to 3-0 on an RBI single that scored Sweet from second.

Bolinger struck out two batters in the bottom of the first, worked a 1-2-3 second and struck out the side in the bottom of the third before Nevada pushed across three more runs to take a commanding 6-0 lead.

The Aggies plated two runs on a single that cut its deficit to four, 6-2, but Nevada put the game out of reach in the top of the fifth. Weis’ RBI single opened the scoring with the bases and sophomore Amanda Nicholas followed with a two-run RBI double to the gap. With the run rule now in play, the Pack extended its lead on RBI singles from Gibson and Sweet that made it 12-2.

Utah State tacked on two runs with a two-run home run in the home half of the inning but Bolinger induced a fly ball to right to close the door.

The Pack will be back in action tomorrow against the Aggies at 4 p.m.