MORAGA, Calif. - The Nevada softball team swept the Saint Mary Gaels in a Sunday doubleheader to wrap up the weekend. The Pack is now 13-8 overall heading into conference play.
Nevada won game one 2-1 and the second game 9-0 after enduring an hour rain delay that took place between the first and second inning of the second game before scoring all nine in the fifth inning and run-ruling the Gaels.
Nevada 2, Saint Mary's 0
The first game of the doubleheader was heavy defensive battle with only two runs scored in the contest. Julia Jensen got the start and pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts and only allowed four hits with no runs.
Freshman Dallas Millwood stepped up today with a solo home run in the top of the second inning before the bats went cold for both teams. The Gaels and Wolf Pack exchanged scoreless innings until the top of the seventh when the Pack pieced together a run thanks to a lead off single from Haley Burda. Sierra Mello drove in pinch runner Jessica Sellers home on an RBI double.
Mello was the only Nevada player to have multiple hits with two. Danielle Lew, Ashley Salausa and Lauren Gutierrez all had hits in game one.
Nevada 9, Saint Mary's 0 (five innings)
In a game that saw just one complete inning before the rain started ended up being dominated offensively by the Pack. After an hour long in delay, Nevada hit the field and started hitting immediately. The team tallied on two hits in the second and another in the fourth before the bats really started to heat up.
The fifth inning had eight of the 13 hits in the game where McAlister went 4-for-4 from the plate. The junior led off in the fifth with a single before Salausa doubled to put two on with no outs. Millwood was credited with a sac fly, scoring McAlister for the first run before Goins walk and then a bases clearing triple from Kwynn Warner was knocked to right field. The hitting streak continued as Gutierrez doubled and Mello singled to bring the score, 6-0. After another walk and another RBI from Warner and Millwood the inning ended with a strikeout, 9-0.
Kali Sargent worked the bottom of the half inning and finished the game with two hits and three strikeouts in the five inning game.
Next up for Nevada is conference play. The Pack opens not only at home but in Mountain West play against Utah State, in a three-game series beginning on Friday, March 15 at 4:00 p.m. PT.