April 3, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Late offense and solid pitching from Megan Dortch led the University of Nevada softball team to a split of Wednesday's doubleheader with Sacramento State. Nevada won game two 5-1 and fell 1-0 in game one.
Nevada is now 22-16 (1-2 MWC), while Sacramento State is 17-13 (2-1 Big Sky). The 22 wins is one more than Nevada had last season, and makes 2013 the second consecutive season Nevada has improved in the win column.
In game two, both teams were held scoreless through four and a half innings, before the Hornets scored once in the bottom of the fifth.
The damage, however, could have been worse.
A big defensive play from Karley Hopkins stranded two runners in scoring position in the bottom of the fifth, limiting the damage and putting the momentum firmly in the hands of the Wolf Pack. On a ball hit into the hole to her left, the junior dove and flipped to Lauren Lastrapes to end the inning and leave runners at second and third.
Nevada promptly scored twice on three hits, including a double from Sara Parsons to tie the game. With the bases loaded, Megan Fincher pinch hit for Hannah Harger and walked to drive in the winning run. Three more from the Pack in the top of the seventh, including a two-run single by Parsons, broke open the score and led the Pack to the win.
Megan Dortch was stellar in the circle for the second-straight outing, striking out nine and allowing only one run to move to 7-7 on the season. She lowered her ERA to 3.97.
In game one, Nevada's bats were all but silenced by Taylor Stroud, who pitched a complete game and earned her fourth win of the season.
Hopkins and Megan Sweet each doubled and had two of Nevada's six hits in the game. Hopkins doubled with two outs in the seventh and Nevada trailing by a run, immediately following her, Sweet walked to put runners at first and second. A pop up from Jasmine Jenkins ended the game and gave the Hornets the win in game one.
The Pack left nine runners on base in the game, including two in the third, fifth and seventh innings. There was not a single player in the game with more than one hit, as Nevada's six hits came from six different players and Sacramento State's five came from five different players.
The lone run and RBI in the contest came from Alexa Chattleton, when she doubled home Alyssa Vanderdrink in the second inning.
Nevada will return to Mountain West play on Friday, when San Diego State comes to Christina M. Hixson for the first game of a three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Game Notes: Nevada has now driven in 202 runs this season and scored 216 ... Karlyn Jones, who lost in game one, and Dortch each have ERA's in the 3's at 3.07 and 3.97, respectively ... Nevada had 15 total hits in 14 innings played on Wednesday.