Pack Hands SDSU First Conference Loss

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A complete team effort from the University of Nevada softball team led the Wolf Pack to a 4-2 victory over the San Diego State Aztecs at Hixson Park on Sunday.

After handing the Aztecs their first Mountain West loss, Nevada sits at 23-18 (2-4 MW). San Diego State is 25-13 (5-1 MW).

Megan Dortch pitched her 11th complete game of the season and lowered her ERA to 3.89 to win for the eighth time in 2013. She struck out three Aztecs and allowed only one earned run. Nevada swung the bat well against reliever Rebecca Arbino, who gave up three earned runs in less than two innings pitched.

Karley Hopkins came through with a big double in the sixth, when Nevada scored three times to wrestle the game away from SDSU. With two outs, she hit her second double of the game in the left-center field gap on a 2-2 pitch, scoring Megan Fincher and Danielle Wiltz to make the score 3-2 in favor of the Pack. She was 2-for-4 with a run scored and two driven in. Megan Sweet singled home Hopkins for an insurance run and Dortch closed the door in the seventh.

Erin Jones pitched in with her team-leading 16th double, and Jasmine Jenkins and Chelsea Venable also had one hit. Venable started her sixth game of the season behind the plate and threw out the only runner that attempted to steal a base.

Hopkins and Jenkins now lead the Pack with a .371 batting average. Hopkins two RBI make her the eighth Nevada player with at least 20 RBI this season.

San Diego State’s Danielle O’toole started the game and recorded a no decision. She went four and a third and gave up one earned run.

Nevada will stay at home next week, welcoming Colorado State to Hixson for its third MW series of the season. Game one will be Friday, with the first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m.