Feb. 8, 2013
ST GEORGE, Utah - The University of Nevada softball team used strong offensive performances all around to split its first day of action at the Red Desert Classic. The Wolf Pack won 14-6 over BYU in its first game and fell 5-4 to Idaho State in its second.
BYU fell to 1-2 after its defeat to Nevada, while Idaho State moved to 1-1 with its win. The victory over BYU was Nevada's first to open the season since 2010, when the Pack beat Oregon State 5-4.
Erin Jones returned to the field with a bang, going 4-5 with five RBI against the Cougars. She is the first Nevada player to drive in five runs in a game since Danielle Patrick drove in six against New Mexico on March 13, 2011. Karley Hopkins was 3-5 with three RBI in game one.
Newcomers Megan Sweet and Jasmine Jenkins handled the bat well in their first collegiate appearances. Sweet belted her first career home run, a two-run shot that was part of Nevada's five-run fifth. Jenkins was 2-3 with two RBI and a walk.
Megan Dortch went seven innings to get the win, giving up 10 hits and striking out two Cougar hitters.
In game two, Nevada starter Karlyn Jones struck out 10 hitters, but Idaho State used the long ball to take the victory. The Bengals hit three home runs and a triple, outlasting Nevada in a tough contest.
Nevada had a chance to tie the game late with Parsons at the plate down a run. The junior hit a shot down the third-base line with Molly McWilliams on at third base, only to see Becky Molyneaux glove it and throw McWilliams out at home.
Nevada will meet Weber State at 12:30 on Saturday, before playing twice on Sunday to close out the event.