April 19, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A seven-run fifth inning and a strong relief appearance from Ariel Craig pushed the University of Nevada softball team past New Mexico on Friday night by a final score of 9-6.
With the win, the Pack improved to 26-19 (5-5 MW), while New Mexico fell to 19-27 (3-7 MW).
The seven-run outburst came on six hits, including a three-run home run from Erin Jones, her third of the 2013 season.
Craig pitched four and a third to win for the second time this season, striking out six lobo hitters in relief of Megan Dortch. Karlyn Jones slammed the door in the ninth, striking out the side to save a game for the second time in 2013. Of the 11 pitches thrown by Jones in the seventh, nine were strikes.
New Mexico was ahead 5-1 after scoring four unearned runs in the second, forcing the Pack to come from behind to level its Mountain West record at 5-5.
The two teams will play the middle game of their three-game series at 5 p.m. on Saturday, closing it out with an afternoon tilt on Sunday at noon.