Nevada softball splits double-header Saturday

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Nevada softball team split the second and final day of the Silicon Valley Classic and moved to 11-8 on the season. The Pack was involved in two five-inning games and were on both ends of the result. In the first game Nevada beat Northern Kentucky, 12-0 and then fell to UC Davis, 9-1 in the evening contest.

Nevada 12, Northern Kentucky 0

Julia Jensen pitched the five innings against the Norse and only allowed three hits with eight strikeouts in her shutout appearance. The sophomore is now 5-1 on the season.

The entire starting lineup got to be apart of the action in the contest. All 12 runs came in the first half inning and was off seven of the nine hits in the game. It all started with Sierra Mello who singled to right field and Sadaria McAlister walked to put two on with no outs. Ashley Salausa was hit with a pitch and Dallas Millwood singled to score Mello from third. The bases were loaded with no outs at this point.

Kenzi Goins walk, Kwynn Warner singled and Emma Covert walked all with only one out before the Norse made their first pitching change. The Pack led 4-0 and right away Lauren Gutierrez drew another walk to make it 5-0, as Goins crossed home plate.

The Pack had made its way through the entire lineup and was back to the five spot with Goins when she homered to make it 12-0, again in just the first half of the first inning.

Nevada had two more hits with one in each the third and fourth before the rain started. A rain delay caused an hour long break before resuming play in the middle of the fourth and securing the win on a couple strikeouts thanks to Jensen.

UC Davis 9, Nevada 1

The evening game was a completely different story than the first game where the Pack had just four hits and a single run.

Senior Kali Sargent started and pitched 1 1/3 innings and had four runs before Rachel Rodriguez came in relief and pitched two complete innings. Rodriguez gave up three earned runs before Jensen entered the circle and finished up the five innings with 1 2/3 pitched. The sophomore did not allow a run and had three strikeouts.

The lone Nevada score was an unearned RBI from Mello to score Rheanna Smith from third.

The Pack heads to Moraga, Calif. tomorrow to play Saint Mary's in a doubleheader before heading into conference play next weekend. Nevada takes on Utah State at Hixson Pack in Reno, Nev. next Friday, Saturday and Sunday.