MISSOULA, Mont. - Despite putting up four runs in the second inning, the Nevada softball team fell, 5-4 to Montana on Thursday evening. The Pack are now 17-10 and 3-4 on the road.
The circle saw all four pitchers with Kali Sargent getting the start. The senior only pitched two complete innings before Julia Jensen came in relief. Between the two of them, all five runs were scored and only four strikeouts were given. Jensen was issued the loss and moves to 7-2 on year. However, Rachel Rodriguez and Kendall Fritz both came in relief after and each pitched a single inning.
Montana struck first putting up two runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. The Pack responded right away putting up four runs on four hits in the top of the second to take back the lead, 4-2. The teams exchanged scoreless innings until a breach in the Nevada defense in the bottom of the fifth inning allowed Montana to score three more and take back the lead, 5-4.
Sadaria McAliser continued her success in the batter box, going 2-for-4 on the day with two of the four RBIs credited to the team. The other two were from Haley Burda. The catcher was 2-for-3 on the day and also tallied a run. Danielle Lew, Alyssa Mendez and Lauren Gutierrez all crossed home plate in the contest while Kwynn Warner, Burda and Mendez all recorded doubles.
The team return to the diamond tomorrow to face the Grizzlies in the second game of the three-game series. The games will all be live streamed and have live stats available.