STOCKTON, Calif. - After a big win over CSUN on Saturday, Nevada softball fell short against CSU Bakersfield and lost a close battle to Pacific on Sunday evening. The Pack (1-8) will look to bounce back next week for five more non-conference games.
Hailey Merlino was the lone Pack member to have a multi-hit game with an RBI against the Roadrunners but Sierra Mello tallied two hits against Pacific. Another standout from the day was Mele Tausinga who continues to only hit extra base hits, including today's two-run homer against the Tigers.
CSU Bakersfield 8, Nevada 3
Julia Jensen got the start in the circle and pitched 4.1 innings with four strikeouts and just two earned runs. Blake Craft came in relief and pitched 1.2 innings before Jana Pope came in to pitch the final inning. The three combined for six strikeouts and just three earned runs.
Nevada and CSU Bakersfield both scored a single run in the first inning to lock it at 1-1 but the second inning was in favor of the Roadrunners. The Pack struggled defensively in the top half of the second allowing two runs to score and let CSU Bakersfield take a 3-1 lead.
Another two innings scoreless kept the score, 3-1, in favor of the Roadrunners but two more runs were plated in the top of the fifth to push them up, 5-1. However, Nevada answered back and scored two in the bottom of the fifth on back to back RBI singles from Salausa and Merlino, 5-3.
Mello tried to keep the momentum going in the sixth with a one-out triple but two quick outs and the threat to cut the Roadrunner lead to one ended. The game finished with a final of 8-3 after CSU Bakersfield put together two hits and took advantage of a defensive error from the Pack in the top of the seventh.
Pacific 3, Nevada 2
Kendall Fritz started against the Tigers and went 6.1 innings before Jensen came in relief. Fritz left the circle with eight strikeouts and three walks after 28 batters faced. Jensen pitched the final out.
The two teams exchanged scoreless innings until the third when Tausinga launched a two RBI home run, her first of the season and just the second for Nevada in 2020, to take the 2-0 lead.
In the fifth inning, Pacific cut its deficit in half with an RBI single but Nevada still led 2-1. The Pack had people in scoring position in the sixth and the seventh but could not get them across the home plate. The game came down to the final three outs. Fritz with her eighth strikeout of the night was out number one but the second batter in the inning came up and knocked a solo home run to tie it up, 2-2.
Pacific had two on with two outs and secured the win after a fielding error from Nevada allowed a runner to cross home, 3-2.
Next up, Nevada heads back to California for two games in Moraga against Utah Valley and Saint Mary's before a three-game series with Stanford from Feb. 21-23.