SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Nevada softball team opened up its 2019 season with a 6-4 win over Santa Clara before a canceled game with Sacramento State. The Pack starts 1-0 on the season with two more opportunities tomorrow. 

The offense combined for six runs on six hits led by Sadaria McAlister who had two of each, while sophomore Ashley Salausa led with three RBI. Freshman Kendall Fritz got her first collegiate start in the circle and went 4 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts and only one walk before being relieved by senior Rachel Rodriguez. Ultimately, Rodriguez got the win but a fellow senior, Kali Sargent earned a save after entering in the bottom of the seventh with a two on one out situation. 

Kenzi Goins was the first to cross the plate in the beginning of the second inning but more came in the third. The bases loaded two RBI double from Salausa plated McAlister and Sierra Mello but Kwynn Warner was called out at home on the throw. Nevada was up 4-1 through three.

The game continued with a slower pace until the Broncos of Santa Clara had a two-run homer over the left field wall to tie it up in the bottom of the fifth, 4-4. Nevada answered right away with a double RBI from McAlister to score Lauren Gutierrez and take a 5-4 lead that was followed by the insurance RBI from Warner, 6-4. 

The bottom of the seventh got interesting when the Broncos earned a walk and was hit by a pitch. Two runners on with one out, Sargent entered the circle and had a strikeout and forced a fielders' choice to get out of the inning and secure the win. Nevada will be back in action tomorrow when the team squares off against UC Santa Barbara at 9:30 PT and UC Davis at approximately 2:30 PT.