STOCKTON, Calif (KOLO) - The Nevada softball team split the first day at the Libby Matson tournament, picking up its first win of the season over CSUN after falling in a one-run game to Seattle U earlier in the day.
Ashley Salausa and Charli McLendon combined for seven hits on the day while Sierra Mello had four to herself. All three recorded multi-hit games against CSUN while Mello had one against Seattle U this morning.
Seattle U 4, Nevada 3
The score was knotted at zero until the sixth inning. Mello got things started with a single to left field before she stole second and moved over to third on a grounder. With just one out Sadaria McAlister drew a walk to put two on before Salausa knocked a double to score both Mello and McAlister and take the 2-0 lead.
The lead was however short lived as Seattle U responded scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth on three straight hits to go up 4-2.
In the seventh inning, Chelie Senini scored Jessica Sellers from third on a sac fly but the rally ended before the Pack was able to retake the lead.
Blake Craft started in the circle and pitched 5.2 innings with five strikeouts before Julia Jensen came in to finish the sixth inning. Craft unfortunately took the loss.
Nevada 7 , CSUN 1
Kendall Fritz started in the circle for the afternoon game and pitched 6.0 innings with only one unearned run against her and tallied seven strikeouts in the outing.
The scoring started early for the Pack as McLendon hit an RBI double to score Lauren Gutierrez in the second inning. Right after, Haley Burda hit a grounder that scored Hailey Merlino to take the 2-0 lead. The run continued in the third inning when Salausa hit the first home run of the season, a two RBI dinger to push the Pack up, 4-0.
CSUN responded with a single run in the top of the fourth on an RBI double but the threat ended after a pop up was caught. Nevada instantly hit back with three runs in the fifth that started on a Gutierrez bunt that scored Mello and wrapped up with a two RBI single from McLendon that scored Senini and McAlister to secure the win.
The win over CSUN not only was the first win of the season for Nevada but was also the first win over CSUN in program history.
The Libby Matson continues tomorrow as the Pack takes on CSU Bakersfield at 12:15 pm and Pacific at 2:30 pm. Following this tournament, Nevada heads back to California for two games in Moraga against Utah Valley and Saint Mary's before a three-game series with Stanford.