Pack Comeback Falls Short at SDSU

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Megan Sweet’s drive to right with a runner on in the seventh was held in by the win and Nevada’s comeback attempt at San Diego State fell short on Sunday as the Wolf Pack lost 3-1 at SDSU SB Stadium.

With the loss, Nevada fell to 21-16 overall and 3-6 in the Mountain West Conference. SDSU improved to 28-9 and 5-1.

Down two in the seventh, Caylin Campbell had a pinch-hit single with one out to bring the tying run to the plate. Sweet put a charge into one but the strong wind blowing in from right kept it in the ballpark and it was caught at the fence. Molly McWilliams then lined out to end it.

Karlyn Jones (5-5) threw well, giving up three runs on seven hits but was saddled with the loss.

Nevada had chances early but couldn’t break through. In a scoreless game in the top of the second, Nevada loaded the bases with two outs as Ashley Butera singled, Jasmine Jenkins walked and Hannah Harger singled. But Megan Sweet grounded out to end the threat.

Trailing 1-0 going into the third, Molly McWilliams was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. She stole second and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jones. But SDSU starter Danielle O’Toole (20-4) recorded back-to-back strikeouts to squash Nevada’s threat.

The Aztecs pushed the lead to 3-0 with two runs in the fifth before Nevada finally broke through in the sixth.

Erin Jones ripped a double to right and Nikki Orozco followed with a double to right-center to plate Jones and cut the SDSU lead to 3-1. But the Pack’s rally in the seventh came up short.

The Pack returns home to play host to Boise State in a three-game series beginning Friday at Hixson Park.