RENO, Nev. – The Nevada softball team dropped the season finale, 10-1 in five innings to Mountain West foe Fresno State Saturday afternoon at Hixson Park.
Prior to the game, the team honored its six seniors, Caylin Campbell, Ariel Craig, Erin Jones, Karlyn Jones, Sydney Jones and Sara Parsons, all of whom saw playing time during the game.
Fresno State (31-21, 15-9 MW) put the Wolf Pack (27-25, 9-15 MW) into a deep hole after the first inning, plating six runs. The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard first when Stesha Brazil tucked a ball right inside the left field foul pole, giving her team an early 2-0 lead. After a hit by pitch and a double to center put two more runners on for Fresno State, Paige Gumz connected on a three-run shot to left center, extending the lead to five runs.
A RBI single out to left by Brenna Moss added the final Bulldog run of the inning. Moss went 8-for-12 at the plate during the three game series. Fresno State tacked on its seventh run of the ballgame in the top of the second on Brazil’s second home run of the game, a solo shot to left center.
The Bulldogs plated two more runs in the fourth and one in the fifth to reach their 10-run total. With the run rule in effect, Nevada was down to its last at-bats of the game in the bottom of the fifth. Senior Sara Parsons led off the frame by legging out an infield single hit between shortstop and third. Megan Sweet blooped a single of her own into left to give the Pack two base runners. With two on, and two out, Nikki Orozco found the gap in left, allowing Parsons to score the lone Nevada run of the game.
Senior Ariel Craig took the loss in the circle after starting the game and throwing one complete inning. Fellow senior Karlyn Jones came in for relief in the top of the second and worked the remaining four innings.
Sweet ends her sophomore season with 21 doubles, which not only set a new Nevada single-season record, but also ties a Mountain West single-season record. With 35 doubles through two seasons, Sweet is more than halfway to the conference career record of 64.