May 2, 2014
LOGAN, Utah – A five-run, top of the first for the Nevada softball team, that included a grand slam by Amanda Weis, lifted the team to a 7-1 Mountain West win at Utah State Friday afternoon.
Danielle Wiltz led off the ballgame with an infield single and proceeded to take second with her third stolen base of the year. The Wolf Pack (23-24, 5-14 MW) loaded the bases with no outs following back-to-back walks drawn by Megan Sweet and Erin Jones. Clean-up hitter Nikki Orozco got Nevada on the board first, reaching on a fielding error by Utah State (18-30, 6-13 MW) pitcher Noelle Johnson, allowing Wiltz to cross home plate.
With the bases still loaded and no outs, Weis stepped in and skied her team-leading 11th home run of the year over the left field fence, putting Nevada ahead 5-0. Weis’ grand slam is the 18th for the Wolf Pack since 2003, and is the first since Sara Parsons hit one in February of last season. Weis ranks fourth in the Mountain West in home runs.
The Aggies did get a run back in their half of the first, their only run of the game. Utah State’s shortstop Jolene Koons got herself into scoring position thanks to a two-out single and a stolen base. Koons came around to score on the next play, a single by Victoria Saucedo poked out to right field.
Nevada continued to add to its lead in the top of the fourth, plating one more run. Parsons led off the frame by lining her fourth double of the season to left and was moved over to third on a sacrifice bunt by Wiltz. With one out, Sweet hit a slow roller to the third baseman and was thrown out on the play, but Parsons hustled home to score the Pack’s sixth run of the game.
In the sixth, the visitors brought one more run across to reach their seven-run total. Caylin Campbell hit a sharp groundball to the shortstop who misplayed it ranging to her left, allowing Campbell to reach first. Campbell then swiped second base and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Hannah Harger. With more one-out damage, Parsons roped a single that fell just shy of the Aggie left fielder, scoring Campbell from third.
Karlyn Jones improved to 7-9 on the year after she threw all seven innings of work, surrendering just the one earned run on eight hits. Jones did not walk any batters and she struck out eight, tying a season-high. She lowered her season earned run average to 2.94 following the victory.
Nevada continues its three-game set with the Aggies tomorrow afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. PT.