May 9, 2014
RENO, Nev. – Amanda Weis collected her second grand slam in a seven-day span to help push the Nevada softball team to a 5-1 Mountain West win over Fresno State Friday afternoon.
The Wolf Pack (27-24, 9-14 MW) got some help from the Bulldogs (30-21, 14-9 MW) as well, who stranded 15 runners and left the bases loaded three times. Fresno State outhit Nevada by a 12-5 margin, but the Pack cashed in when needed.
In the top of the first, the Bulldogs took an early 1-0 lead on a RBI double to left by Stesha Brazil. Fresno State threatened for more in the second inning, loading the bases with just one out. A strikeout issued by Nevada starter McKenna Isenberg and a groundball out to third got the Pack out of its first bases loaded jam.
The Bulldogs, again, put three runners on in the top of the third, but with two outs a groundout to the shortstop left the runners stranded. Nevada then struck for four runs in its half of the third on the Weis grand slam. Danielle Wiltz reached base with one out on a sharp single to right field. With two gone in the inning, Erin Jones kept the offense alive with a single of her own. Nikki Orozco battled at the plate to draw a walk that loaded the bases for Weis. On the first pitch of the at-bat, Weis lined her team-leading 12th home run out to straightaway center.
Fresno State loaded the bases once more in the fifth on a hit by pitch and back-to-back singles. With just one out, Isenberg got the next Bulldog batter to pop up to the shortstop and ended the frame with a groundball to second. The Pack tacked on an insurance run in its half of the fifth when Jones lifted her second home run of the season to left center, giving Nevada a 5-1 lead.
The Bulldogs managed to get two runners into scoring position during their last at-bat, attempting to stage a late-inning comeback. The final two Fresno State batters, however, fouled out to third and flied out to center, sealing the Pack’s fifth consecutive win.
Isenberg improved to 9-5 on the year after she threw all seven innings and surrendered just the one earned run. She gave up 12 hits, struck out two and walked two.
Nevada closes the 2014 season and goes for the sweep of the Bulldogs tomorrow at noon. Prior to the game, the team will honor its six seniors, Caylin Campbell, Ariel Craig, Erin Jones, Sydney Jones, Karlyn Jones and Sara Parsons.