SAN LUIS OBISPO – The University of Nevada softball team won twice on Saturday at the Mustang Classic, leveling its record at .500 with a 2-1 victory over Rutgers and a 5-2 win over Cal Poly.
Nevada is 12-12 after the day’s action, while Rutgers and Cal Poly fell to 7-7 and 7-15-1, respectively.
Game two saw Ariel Craig throw her first outing of the season, going seven innings and giving up only five hits to get the win. Craig surrendered one run in the fifth and one in the sixth, but was otherwise untouched by the Mustang offense.
Lauren Lastrapes and Jasmine Jenkins led the way offensively against Cal Poly. Lastrapes had four hits, including a two-run home run in the fourth to put the Pack ahead. Jenkins, who hit her first career home run earlier in the day against Rutgers, had three hits including two doubles. Lastrapes drove in three runs, while Jenkins drove in one.
In game one, the Jenkins homer tied the game at one in the sixth. The first career long ball from the freshman flew over the center-field fence, leveling the score with the Scarlet Nights.
After the game moved into extra innings, the Wolf Pack held Rutgers scoreless in the top half of the eighth, despite the international tiebreaker rule being in place. That rule places a runner at second base at the beginning of extra frames in tournament play.
After Nevada retired Rutgers without allowing a run, the Pack loaded the bases with only one out. Caylin Campbell, who pinch hit for Hannah Harger, lined a 2-0 pitch into center field to plate Jenkins from third and win the game.
The Pack will look to win its third consecutive game when it meets Rutgers at 9 a.m. on Sunday, in its last game at the Mustang Classic.