April 24, 2014
What’s on tap this week:
Friday, April 25: San Jose State at Nevada, 4 p.m., Hixson Park
Saturday, April 26: San Jose State at Nevada, 1 p.m., Hixson Park
Sunday, April 27: San Jose State at Nevada, 1 p.m., Hixson Park
All games will be available at www.NevadaWolfPack.TV as part of the Mountain West Network.
Live play-by-play available online at: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/w-softbl/sched/unv-w-softbl-sched.html
Record: 21-22 (Mountain West: 3-12)
Head coach: Matt Meuchel (sixth season)
At Nevada: 142-162
Nevada embarks on its final road trip of the season next weekend when it travels to Logan, Utah for a three-game set at Utah State.
Entering this weekend series with the Spartans, the Pack is looking to snap a nine-game losing streak. Sunday is the team’s ‘Pink Day’ and ‘Dads and Daughters Day’. A pink t-shirt gets you free admission and donations will be collected for ‘Moms on the Run.’ Following the game, dads will have the opportunity to play catch with their daughters in the outfield.
LAST TIME OUT
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Two Colorado State runs in the bottom of the seventh lifted the Rams to a 4-3 win over the Nevada softball team to sweep the three-game series.
In the bottom of the first, the Rams (27-10, 8-4 MW) took an early 2-0 lead and chased Nevada (21-22, 3-12 MW) starter Megan Dortch from the game. With two runs already home, Dortch issued a walk that loaded the bases with two outs. Freshman McKenna Isenberg then entered the game in relief and retired the next CSU batter to end the threat.
The Wolf Pack got a run back in its half of the second thanks to three walks and a hit batter issued by Colorado State. Hannah Harger drew a four-pitch, bases loaded walk that brought in Orozco from third, cutting the lead to a 2-1 CSU advantage.
Both teams scattered hits here and there as the game continued on but could not get any runs across until the top of the sixth. Amanda Weis provided the Pack with a base runner after being hit by a pitch, and was pinch-run for by Jasmine Jenkins. After Danielle Wiltz drew a walk, Ashley Butera came through with a pinch-hit, RBI bloop single to center that scored Jenkins and tied the ballgame at 2-2.
Nevada took the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh, once again thanks to a bases loaded walk. Megan Sweet singled and advanced to second on a passed ball. After Orozco drew a walk, Weis lined a shot that ricocheted off the third baseman’s glove to load the bases. Wiltz stepped in and displayed patience at the plate to draw the walk on a 3-1 count to give the Pack a 3-2 lead.
In the bottom half of the seventh with a runner on first and one out, CSU’s Chelsea Biglow tripled down the right field line, tying the game once again at 3-3. With two gone in the frame, a slow roller in the infield scored the winning run for the Rams, giving them the 4-3 victory.
During game two at Colorado State last weekend, sophomore shortstop Megan Sweet collected her 19th double of the season, setting a new Nevada single-season record. Sweet currently ranks second in the nation in doubles per game (0.44 per game), trailing Emilee Koerner of Notre Dame for the national lead. In addition to her doubles game, Sweet also ranks nationally in runs scored, sitting in the top-25. She is just one run shy of setting a single-season record in that category.
On Feb. 15, Nevada broke the school record for runs scored in a game in a 20-10 victory over BYU.
The record lasted less than a month as the Pack eclisped it with a 21-4 win over North Dakota on March 14. In that game, Nevada also set the school record for RBI in a game as every run was driven (21).
A few marks still stand from that BYU game.
Amanda Weis set school records for home runs (previous: two, by 14 players), RBI (previous: 6, by five players), total bases (previous, 10 by Candice Rainwater in 2006) and she tied the school record with four runs scored in the game. Weis broke the Mountain West record for total bases and tied the league’s record for home runs in a game. Nevada set team record for team total bases (36) and it marked the second-best totals in school history in hits (19) and home runs (5).
HOME SWEET HOME
Nevada has played 17 home games this season, with two more homestands remaining on the schedule. The Wolf Pack owns an 11-6 record at Hixson Park this year and boasts five players hitting above .330 and three pitchers with ERA’s under 3.00 at home. Erin Jones is batting an impressive .511 in Reno, collecting a team-leading 24 hits and 18 runs batted in. The team’s opponents are batting just .218 at Hixson and have been outscored by the Wolf Pack by a 113-53 margin.