March 14, 2014
RENO, Nev. – The Nevada softball team ran its winning streak to five straight as it picked up two run-rule victories on the first day of the Wolf Pack Classic at Hixson Park on Friday.
Nevada (16-9) opened with a 9-1 win over North Dakota in five innings as the Pack score six times in the fifth to end it. In game two against North Dakota, Nevada scored 12 runs in the first inning and went on to break the school record for runs in a game in a 21-4 rout of North Dakota in five innings.
Megan Sweet went 2-for-2 with four runs scored and four runs driven in during the second game and Kashmir Huckaby drilled her first career home run – a three-run shot in the third inning as Nevada never looked back against North Dakota. Senior Sydney Jones and junior Alexa Youngberg saw their first career at-bats in the game, with Jones driving in a run on a fielder’s choice.
Karlyn Jones gave up four runs but got the victory to even her record at 4-4 on the year.
The previous school record for runs in a game was 20, set earlier this year against BYU.
Nevada drew eight walks in the first inning and scored 12 runs on just four hits as two North Dakota pitchers struggled against a tight strike zone. Nevada had 11 hits in the game and drew a total of 13 walks in the game.
In the first game, Nevada scored a run in each of the first three innings to stake Megan Dortch to an early lead. Dortch pitched well with the lead, yielding a solo home run to Amanda Johnson in the fourth for North Dakota’s only run. Dortch allowed five hits overall while striking out five with one walk in improving to 6-3 overall on the year.
The Wolf Pack blew the game open in the fifth and ended it with a six-run frame. Jasmine Jenkins delivered the game-winner with an RBI double, which followed a two-run sacrifice fly from the bat of Ashley Butera as Megan Sweet scored all the way from second on the fly ball to the track in center.
Three games are on tap on Saturday with the first game beginning at 10 a.m. The tournament concludes on Sunday with two more games. All of the games will be broadcast at NevadaWolfPack.TV as part of the Mountain West Network. Gametracker will also be available for each game at NevadaWolfPack.com
Wolf Pack Classic
Nevada 9, North Dakota 1 (5)
Nevada 21, North Dakota 4 (5)
North Dakota (H) vs UC Davis 10 a.m.
Nevada (H) vs UC Davis 12:30 p.m.
Nevada (H) vs North Dakota 3 p.m.
North Dakota vs UC Davis (H) 10 a.m.
Nevada (H) vs UC Davis 12:30 p.m