Nevada splits double-header with Cal 4-3, 2-3

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BERKELEY, CA - Taking the day out of conference play was the Nevada softball team that posted a doubleheader split with Pac-12 opponent, Cal. The Pack took game one, 4-3 but fell in the second in extra innings, 3-2.

Sadaria McAlister recorded a perfect game one, going 4-for-4 at the plate and went 1-for-5 in game two. The junior was joined by Sierra Mello who hit two multi-hit games with two in each. Rounding out the multi-hit games was another junior in Kenzi Goins who went 2-for-4 in the first contest.

The team combined for 17 hits in the two outing with six runs scored. With these two games the Pack moves to 2-2 under head coach Josh Taylor against the Pac-12.

Nevada 4, Cal 3

Kendall Fritz started and went the distance for the 12th time on the season. The freshman is now 11-7 on the season after having only one earned run and two strikeouts.

The Pack came out aggressive putting up two hits back-to-back with Mello and McAlister to give Nevada two base runners with no outs. Salausa drew a one-out walk to load the bases when Goins came to the plate. The junior knocked a single, her first hit in five games, to score Mello from third. Warner then drew a walk to take a 2-0 lead.

Cal responded in the bottom of the second off a triple and an RBI single to cut the lead in half. The Bears tied it up, 2-2 in the third inning on a sac fly but the two continued to battle in a tie for the next two innings.

The Golden Bears went ahead, 3-2 in the sixth inning after an RBI single allowed a runner on second to cross the home plate. It was short lived for Cal as the Pack came out blazing in the top of the seventh.

Salausa started things after she came home on a wild pitch to tie the game up, 3-3. Emma Covert came in to pinch hit and knocked a double to score Jessica Sellers who was in to run for Kwynn Warner as the go-ahead run.

Cal 3, Nevada 2 (10 innings)

Kali Sargent started in the circle for game two and pitched 9.1 innings with five strikeouts and zero walks. The senior finished with three earned runs and is not 4-8 on the season.

The Pack had the 2-1 lead after the fifth inning, thanks to a double from Mello that scored Danielle Lew.

The game came down to the wire with it going to 10 innings. Score was 2-2 at the end of regulation and the two teams retired the first 12 combined batters. In the top of the 10th the Pack put two on with one out but failed to get the go-ahead runner across home plate. Then Cal stepped in and put two on with one out and the game winner crossed home on a wild pitch.

It is back to conference play for the Pack as it heads to Boise, Idaho to take on Boise State in a three-game series.

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