RENO, Nev. – Megan Sweet had three doubles as part of a four-hit day as the Nevada softball team split a pair of games in the Nevada Classic at Hixson Park on Saturday.
Hannah Harger and Amanda Weis each collected two hits as Nevada (11-8) run-ruled Seattle 10-2 in its first game of the day. Sweet went 3-for-4 with two doubles as the Pack dropped the last game, 9-5, to UC Santa Barbara.
The tournament concludes on Sunday when UCSB takes on Seattle at 9 a.m. and Nevada plays Seattle at 11:30 a.m. at Hixson Park.
Against Seattle, Nevada spotted the Redhawks two runs in the first inning – a two-run home run from Bubba Morrow – and then hit its stride after that.
In the second, Jasmine Jenkins and Amanda Weis singled to lead off the inning and Sara Parsons walked to load the bases with nobody out. After Danielle Wiltz struck out, Hannah Harger singled to left to drive in one. Weis then scored on a wild pitch to tie game.
Nevada took a 3-2 lead when Megan Sweet reached on an error, scoring Parsons from third. An RBI single from Erin Jones scored another run and Nevada went up 5-2 when Sweet scored on a wild pitch.
The Pack scored four more in the fourth as Wiltz doubled and Harger drove her in with a single to center. Nikki Orozco then drew a walk on a 14-pitch at-bat and, two outs later, Ashley Butera ripped a two-run double to the wall in center and she scored on an error as Nevada went up 9-2.
McKenna Isenberg (5-2) settled down after the first inning. She scattered four hits the rest of the way and struck out two while walking one to get the win.
Nevada ended the game in the sixth when Orozco walked and pinch-runner Caylin Campbell scored all the way from first on a Sweet double.
Against the Gauchos, Nevada led early with a run in the first and four more in the third. But some defensive miscues later spelled doom as UCSB came back with four in the fourth and four more in the sixth as they went on to the 9-5 win.
Karlyn Jones took the loss but six of the seven runs she allowed were unearned as part of four errors by the Pack.
In the first game of the day, UCSB topped Seattle, 2-0.