April 25, 2014
RENO, Nev. - An offensive explosion that led the Nevada softball team to a 10-1 Mountain West win in five innings over San Jose State Friday afternoon, snapped a nine-game losing streak for the Pack.
The Wolf Pack (22-22, 4-12 MW) wasted little time in taking the lead, getting three runs across in the bottom of the first. Erin Jones and Nikki Orozco posted back-to-back, two-out singles in the frame that brought Amanda Weis to the plate. On the first pitch of the at-bat, Weis hammered her team-leading 10th home run to left, providing the Pack with an early 3-0 advantage.
Nevada added to its lead in the bottom of the second, scoring an unearned run. With two outs, a dropped foul ball by the Spartans' (25-21, 8-8 MW) first baseman allowed Sara Parsons another chance at the plate. With the extra pitch, Parsons roped a single through the left side and came around to score on a triple to right by Danielle Wiltz. Wiltz's fifth triple of the season extended the lead to 4-0.
In the top of the third, San Jose State plated its lone run of the ballgame when Devin Caldwell charged around the base paths for an inside the park home run. After a scoreless third frame for the Pack, the team exploded for six runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Ashley Butera led off the inning with a hard liner to center that resulted in a stand-up double. Caylin Campbell then stepped into the batter's box and beat out a slow roller to short, putting runners at first and second with no outs. Parsons loaded the bases when she collected her second hit of the game, blooping a single to left center.
Back to the top of the lineup for Nevada, Wiltz brought in a run by drawing a walk on a 3-1 count, pushing the lead to a 5-1 margin. With the bases still juiced, Megan Sweet connected on a two-RBI single up the middle. The bases were loaded once more when Jones was issued a one-out walk. Two more runs crossed home plate following an Orozco single to left, scoring Wiltz and Sweet. For Sweet, it marked her 46th run scored of the season, which sets a new Nevada single-season record.
Weis chipped in for one more run in the frame, singling up the middle and scoring Jones, giving the Pack its 10-1 lead. The Spartans posted back-to-back singles to start the top of the fifth and had runners on the corners with just one out. A pop fly to the pitcher and groundout to the first baseman, however, halted the SJSU threat and secured the win for Nevada.
Karlyn Jones improved to 6-8 on the year after tossing all five innings of work in the circle. She scattered four hits and struck out two batters. All-in-all the Pack struck for 11 hits in the game and three players, Orozco, Weis and Parsons, collected multi-hit performances.
Nevada continues its three-game conference series with the Spartans tomorrow afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. at Hixson Park.