March 28, 2013
FRESNO, Calif. - Despite three runs in the final inning, the University of Nevada softball team fell 6-4 to Fresno State in its first ever Mountain West game on Thursday.
The loss dropped the Wolf Pack to 20-14 (0-1 MWC), while the Bulldogs improved to 20-14 (1-0 MWC).
Trailing 6-1 entering the seventh inning, Nevada got a lead-off triple from Chelsea Barilli and a single from Karley Hopkins to score a run before an out was recorded. Jasmine Jenkins continued a brilliant day at the plate later in the inning, singling for her third hit of the game and scoring two more runs to make it 6-4. She was 3-for-4 with three RBI and two doubles.
With runners at first and second and two outs, Lauren Lastrapes grounded the ball to third baseman Vonnie Martin, who stepped on third to end the game.
Karlyn Jones took the loss for the Pack, falling to 13-5. She pitched four and two thirds, surrendering three earned runs. She recorded neither a walk or a strike out. Bailey Brewer pitched an inning and a third and did not surrender a run.
Jenkins raised her season average to .386, while Hopkins went 2-for-4 to continue to lead the Pack at .397. Caylin Campbell started for the eighth time this season at the designated player spot. She did not have a hit in three plate appearances.
Nevada and Fresno State will play again at 6 p.m. on Friday night, where the Pack will look to level its conference record early in Mountain West play.