RENO, Nev. - After a 7-2 victory in the first of three games against San Diego State, the Nevada softball team moves to 21-12, 6-1 on the season.
Kendall Fritz tossed a complete game, her eighth of the season while recording three strikeouts. The freshman allowed only two runs in the contest, however, both were earned. She is now 8-4 on the year.
Sierra Mello was the lone Wolf Pack member to have a multi-hit game with two while also tallying two runs, two RBIs and drawing a walk. The junior was also responsible for a bases clearing triple the extended the Pack lead, 6-2 in the bottom of the sixth.
The two teams each tallied seven hits on the day but the deciding factor was four errors on the Aztecs defense.
The Aztecs struck first in the top of the first inning putting up two runs early but it was short-lived after the Pack immediately responded in the bottom of the second with two runs of its own. The game was tied for three more innings until Nevada scored two in the bottom of the fifth.
Kwynn Warner drew a bases loaded walk to put the Pack up, 3-2 before Dallas Millwood hit into a fielder's choice scoring Sadaria McAlister to go up, 4-2 but a strikeout ended the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Haley Burda knocked a single up the middle with one out before Lauren Gutierrez reached on an Aztec error to put two on with only one out. That is when Mello's triple came into play, scoring both Burda and Jessica Sellers who came in to pinch run for Gutierrez. Goins singled to score Mello and Warner doubled to try to put the game at 8-2 but Goins was called out at home keeping the score at 7-2.
A line drive to Millwood and two fly balls were caught in the top of the seventh to give the Pack its sixth conference win.
The two meet again tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. PT at Hixson Park for game two of the series. Tomorrow will also serve as senior day for RHP Kali Sargent with her presentation beginning 10 minutes prior to first pitch.