April 18, 2014
In the top of the first, Sweet collected her 19th double of the season, setting a new Nevada single-season record. Sweet ranks as one of the national leaders in two baggers.
The Rams (26-10, 7-4 MW) posed a threat in their first at-bat of the game, placing two runners in scoring position after a Nevada (21-21, 3-11 MW) fielding error and a double to left. Pack starting pitcher Karlyn Jones worked out of the jam, however, striking out the next two CSU hitters.
Similar to yesterday’s contest, Colorado State did most of its damage in one half inning, plating four runs in the bottom of the fourth. A double down the left field line and back-to-back hit batters loaded the bases for CSU with one out. Kendal Butterfield got her team on the board by placing a blooper that landed just inside the right field line, scoring the first run. Haley Hutton then stepped in and produced a two-RBI single to center. A sacrifice fly provided the Rams with their final run of the frame and gave them a 4-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, senior Ariel Craig replaced Jones in the circle. CSU tacked on another run to go ahead 5-0 after five complete innings of play. In the Nevada half of the sixth, Nikki Orozco lined a double to left center that gave the Pack its first hit since the second inning. After Danielle Wiltz legged out an infield bunt single, Weis stepped in and hammered her team-leading ninth homerun of the season to cut the deficit to 5-3.
To start the bottom half of the sixth, a leadoff walk and a bunt single chased Craig from the game and brought in Megan Dortch in relief. An errant throw on a steal attempt, single to right field and a sacrifice fly plated three additional runs for the Rams to give them their eight-run total.
Jones took the loss and dropped to 5-8 on the year after throwing four innings and giving up four earned runs on five hits. Craig tossed one inning and was charged for three earned runs on three hits. Dortch worked one inning as well, and surrendered one earned run on one hit.
Nevada wraps up its stay in Fort Collins Saturday afternoon with an 11 a.m. PT contest against the Rams.