LOGAN, Utah – Freshman McKenna Isenberg tossed nine strikeouts in a 5-3 Mountain West victory at Utah State Saturday afternoon. Isenberg’s nine K’s ranks as her second-highest total of the season.
For the second consecutive game, the Wolf Pack (24-24, 6-14 MW) jumped ahead of its opposition early in the ballgame. After Megan Sweet drew a walk and put herself into scoring position with her sixth stolen base of the year, Erin Jones connected on a sharp single to right center, plating the first Nevada run of the day. Jones moved into scoring position on the next play when Nikki Orozco hit a sharp liner back to the mound for an infield single.
With two runners on and one out, Amanda Weis lined a double off the right field fence that scored Jones from second and gave Weis her team-leading 39th RBI of the season. Ashley Butera continued the Nevada offense during her first at-bat, doubling to left and plating two runs to put the Pack on top 4-0 after one half inning.
Utah State (18-31, 6-14 MW) cut its deficit in half in the bottom of the first as Hailey Froton lifted a two-run home run out to right center, making it 4-2 Nevada after one complete.
The game remained a 4-2 advantage for Nevada until the top of the fifth when the Pack tacked on an additional run. With the top of the order due up, Nevada loaded the bases with no outs for Orozco. The team’s designated player fought back in the count from being down 1-2 to draw an RBI walk, making it 5-2 Wolf Pack. Three straight pop flies, however, left the bases loaded.
Utah State made things interesting during its final at-bat of the game as Kirstyn Namba led off the bottom of the seventh with a triple down the right field line. A fielding error charged to Weis put runners on the corners for the Aggies with no outs. Isenberg then recorded two quick outs, getting a strikeout and a pop out to short. With two gone, Froton singled to center, scoring Namba from third and making it a 5-3 Nevada lead. That is all the Aggies would get, however, as Danielle Wiltz snagged a fly ball in left to seal the win.
Isenberg improved to 8-5 on the year after tossing the complete, seven-inning game. She scattered eight hits and was charged with two earned runs. Isenberg did not issue a single walk in the game.
Nevada goes for the series sweep tomorrow afternoon with an 11 a.m. PT first pitch.