HOUSTON, Texas. - The Nevada softball team sweeps the second day of the Houston Classic and moves to 3-3 on the season. The doubleheader started with a win over the Warhawks of ULM and the Colonels of Nicholls State.
The team combined for 11 hits on the day and five runs, three of the five came from three solo home runs. Sadaria McAlister, Jyllian Ahart and Rachel Rodriguez all had their first of the season.
Nevada 3, ULM 2
Julia Jensen got the start in the morning game and pitched a complete game with five strikeouts.
The Pack got off to a hot start with McAlister hitting an absolute bomb over the right field wall in the bottom of the first to tie it up 1-1. The offense continued in the second with a solo homerun from Ahart to the same spot as McAlister to give Nevada a 2-1 lead.
ULM tied it up 2-2 in the top of the fifth inning after stringing together two singles and was brought home on a fielding error. The game stayed tied until the end of regulation. International rules went into affect and the last out was placed on second base. ULM had the bases loaded with two outs and Jensen got the strikeout to end the threat.
Nevada took over with Lauren Gutierrez on second. Sierra Mello drew a walk to put two on with one out when Ashley Salausa came into the batters box. The sophomore knocked a single through the right side to score Gutierrez and seal the win in extra innings.
Nevada 2, Nicholls 0
In the second game of the day, Kendall Fritz got the start and pitched a complete game, one-hit shutout in just her third appearance. The lone hit was in the bottom of the first, Miller of Nicholls got a down in right center field but was left stranded. Only other times the Colonels reached base was via walk.
Nevada crossed home in the top of the third after two singles and a walk loaded the bases with Ahart up to bat. A single through the left side sent Mello to the plate but that was all for the inning. The other score for the Pack came in the sixth, Rodriguez home run to add a second run on the board, 2-0.
The game came down to the wire in the seventh when Nicholls had two girls on with two out and the game winning batter in the box. Fritz went to work and got the strikeout, game over.
Nevada will wrap up the Houston Classic tomorrow, Feb. 17 with a single game against Maryland at 9:30 a.m. CT / 7:30 a.m. PT.