BOISE, Idaho – Trailing 3-1 with two outs in the top of the seventh inning, Karley Hopkins singled to left to tie the game at three - and a five-run outburst in the eighth sealed the win - allowing the University of Nevada softball team to beat the Boise State Broncos 8-5 on Friday.
With the win, Nevada has won 30 games for the first time since 2009, moving to 30-22 overall and 9-8 in Mountain West play. Boise State is 24-26-1 (8-9 MW) after the loss.
Hopkins’s single scored Hannah Harger and Jasmine Jenkins, who were standing at second and third, respectively. Harger pinch ran for Megan Fincher, who walked, and Jenkins reached base earlier in the inning on a hit-by-pitch. Caylin Campbell advanced the runners into scoring position with a ground out to the left side of the infield with one out.
After Karlyn Jones shut down BSU in the bottom of the seventh, Nevada had five hits, including a three-run home run from Lauren Lastrapes, in the top of the eighth to blow the game open. Jenkins singled to score the first run and put the Pack ahead 4-3. After the Lastrapes homer made it 7-3, Hopkins singled through the right side to score Chelsea Barilli and give the Wolf Pack its final run.
Boise State scored twice in the eighth on two solo home runs, but Jones got the final three outs to win for the 17th time. She is now 17-9 and has pitched 19 complete games in 2013.
Hopkins was 3-for-5 and is now 5-for-8 in the first two games of the series. She drove in four runs on Friday and now has 32 on the year. Her average now stands at .391. Jenkins had two hits and is now hitting .371 this season, making her case for MW Freshman of the Year.
The final regular-season game for both teams will decide the series, taking place at noon on Saturday at Dona Larson Park.