Dortch Leads Pack to a Split at Mary Nutter Classic

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The Nevada softball team got a career-best performance from Megan Dortch as the sophomore tossed a complete-game two-hitter to beat LIU Brooklyn 3-0 on Saturday at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.

The Wolf Pack lost a heartbreaker in game two as the Pack lost a 2-0 lead in the seventh to Utah as the Utes scored five times – four unearned – and Nevada fell 5-2 to move to 6-7 on the year. Nevada will conclude the weekend on Sunday when it takes on UCLA and UCSB.

Dortch struck out 12 and was dominant in the game one victory. She gave up two singles in the first three batters of the Blackbirds lineup in the first inning and did not allow a hit after that. The sophomore walked two and getting the complete-game shutout, her first at Nevada.

The game was scoreless going into the fourth inning. With Sara Parsons on first, Ashley Butera ripped a double to the gap in left, scoring Parsons and giving Nevada a 1-0 lead. Nevada wasn’t done, however, as Lauren Lastrapes singled to put runners on the corners. Then Jasmine Jenkins knocked a single to right for her second RBI is as many days. And Megan Fincher made it 3-0 with a single.

That was all Dortch needed. She struck out the side in the third and then struck out a pair in each of the final three innings to improve to 2-3 on the year.

For 13 innings on Saturday, Nevada played light out. Unfortunately, things fell apart in the final inning against Utah. Bailey Brewer was working on a one-hitter going into the seventh inning when Utah got a lead-off double to open things up. A costly error put two on and then a wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position with nobody out.

After Nevada retired a batter, Utah knocked three straight singles to tie the game and load the bases with one out. Brewer got one out and then Kelsi Hoopiana drilled a bases-clearing double to put the Utes up 5-3.

Nevada broke the scoreless tie against Utah in the fourth. Parsons and Butera started things off with back-to-back singles. After Lastrapes was retired, Jasmine Jenkins battled Mariah Ramirez to a 13-pitch at-bat before flying out. With two away, Fincher delivered the big blow with a double off the fence in center, a shot that missed being a home run by inches.