RENO, Nev. – An unearned run in the top of the seventh gave San Jose State a 7-6 Mountain West win over the Nevada softball team Saturday afternoon at Hixson Park.
Nevada (22-23, 4-13 MW) jumped ahead with a 3-0 lead after three full innings, scoring runs in the second and third frames. With runners in scoring position, Hannah Harger grounded out to the first baseman, allowing the Wolf Pack to take an early one-run lead. With the bases loaded in the third, the Pack scored two unearned runs thanks to a Spartans’ (26-21, 9-8 MW) error and a RBI single by Caylin Campbell.
San Jose State cut the deficit back to just a one-run Nevada advantage in its half of the fourth, also plating two unearned runs. The Spartans kept the offense rolling during their next at-bat, scoring four runs in the fifth. SJSU got its first run across on a sacrifice fly to foul ground in left. The team did most of their damage when the next batter, Casey Watt, lined a three-run shot just inside the left field foul pole, giving the Spartans a 6-3 lead.
Down three runs late in the ballgame, Nevada grinded out three runs in the bottom half of the fifth to tie the game. Campbell collected the first RBI of the frame, reaching on a fielder’s choice that allowed Erin Jones to score from third. Pinch-hitter Jasmine Jenkins did her job at the plate, blooping a RBI single past the second baseman, plating Nikki Orozco. Campbell scored the final run of the inning, crossing home plate on a Sara Parsons single to left.
Following a scoreless sixth inning, the Spartans loaded the bases in the top of the seventh with one out on three consecutive walks. An error on a ground ball hit to Harger at second allowed SJSU to plate the difference maker.
Freshman McKenna Isenberg started the game in the circle and earned a no-decision. She threw 4.2 innings of work, giving up six runs, four of which were earned, on five hits and five walks. Junior Megan Dortch entered the game in the fifth and took the loss, dropping to 9-9 on the year. Sophomore Danielle Wiltz collected three hits in her first three at-bats of the game, and finished batting 3-for-4.
Nevada and San Jose State will play the rubber match of the series tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. at Hixson Park on Pink Day and Dads and Daughters Day. All fans wearing pink will gain free admission to the game.