Feb. 15, 2014
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Sophomore Amanda Weis put up a record-breaking performance as the Nevada softball team beat BYU 20-10 on Saturday at the Easton Desert Classic. Weis went 4-for-5 at the plate with four runs scored, seven RBI, 14 total bases and three home runs in the game.
Combined with a tough 10-6 loss to Chatanooga earlier in the day, Nevada is now 7-2 overall on the year and will conclude play in the event on Sunday against Hawaii.
Weis set school records for home runs (previous: two, by 14 players), RBI (previous: 6, by five players), total bases (previous, 10 by Candice Rainwater in 2006) and she tied the school record with four runs scored in the game.
Weis broke the Mountain West record for total bases and tied the league’s record for home runs in a game.
Nevada set team records for runs scored (20), team total bases (36), RBI (19) and it marked the second-best totals in school history in hits (19) and home runs (5).
“Amanda had one of those special kind of games and it’s really been a strong week overall for her,” Nevada coach Matt Meuchel said. “I’m really proud of our team because after dropping that first game (to Chatanooga) and losing our lead early in the BYU game, it took a lot of character to battle back and get that win.”
Nevada led early 5-2 but BYU battled back with three runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth to take a 9-6 lead going into the sixth inning.
But Weis slammed a three-run shot in the sixth as part of a four-run frame to re-take the lead and she hit her third bomb of the game in Nevada’s 10-run seventh inning that blew the game wide open.
Megan Dortch went the distance for Nevada, yielding 10 runs (only six earned) as she improved to 4-0 on the season.
Megan Sweet and Nikki Orozco also homered for Nevada against BYU and Sweet matched Weis’ school record-tying four runs scored.
Earlier in the day, Nevada dropped a tough one to Chatanooga. The Wolf Pack led 5-2 early as Sweet, Ashley Butera and Jasmine Jenkins each hit solo home runs for the Pack. But Karlyn Jones (1-1), in relief of McKenna Isenberg, ran in to trouble in the sixth inning as Chatanooga put up an eight-run frame and went on to the win.