March 1, 2013
STOCKTON, Calif. - Call it youthful naivety, but when Megan Sweet broke a scoreless tie with a 250-foot, sixth-inning blast over the right-field wall against Pacific, she ran around the bases like it was just another home run.
The freshman's second career big fly and a stellar pitching performance from Megan Dortch propelled the University of Nevada softball team to a 1-0 victory over Pacific and a split of its first day at the Libby Matson Invitational.
Nevada fell 11-4 to San Jose State earlier in the day. After the split, the Wolf Pack is 8-9, while San Jose State improved to 11-8 and Pacific fell to 10-5.
Dortch threw her second shutout of the season against the Tigers, outdueling Nikki Armagost to earn her third win of the year. Dortch walked only two Pacific hitters and struck out one. Centerfielder Sara Anderson was the only Tiger to record a hit against the Reno native and transfer from Northern Illinois.
Against the Spartans, Karley Hopkins had two hits and drove in two of Nevada's four runs. With another hit against Pacific, Hopkins raised her batting average to .466 in 17 games this season. That leads the Wolf Pack by 30 points, as Erin Jones sits at .436.
Sweet is hitting .319 in the same number of games and joined Jones at two home runs for the season.
Nevada will play Southern Utah at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Live audio will again be available at NevadaWolfPack.com.