Nevada sweeps New Mexico; wins series finale 21-1

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ALBUQUERQUE, NM - After two wins over the New Mexico Lobos, the Pack went hunting for a sweep and got it. Nevada beat the Lobos, 21-1 in five innings in the final game of the series and moves to 5-1 in Mountain West. The win also marked the 20th win of the season and Nevada is now 20-12 heading into the third weekend of conference play.

Home runs were the action of the day that saw the Pack have five in the single game to bring the weekend total to eight. Dallas Millwood, Emma Covert, Ashley Salausa, Danielle Lew and Alyssa Mendez all tallied one home run a piece with Salausa leading the group with five RBIs.

Sadaria McAlister, Kenzi Goins, Millwood, Salausa and Mendez all had multi-hit games with Goins, Millwood, Covert, Salausa, Lew and Mendez all recording multi-RBI games.

Kendall Fritz started and had a complete game with 5.0 innings pitched with seven strikeouts and only one run on the day. The freshman moves to 2-0 on the weekend and 7-4 on the season.

Nevada started the scoring frenzy in the top of the second inning with eight runs scored in the half. Kwynn Warner drew her first of four walk of the day before Millwood singled back to the Kennedy Ferguson (the Lobo pitcher) and set Salausa up with no outs. The sophomore reached on a Lobo error, Lew homered to clear the bases and take the early Pack lead, 4-0.

Fast forward to the bottom of the inning with the score, 8-0, the Lobos took back a run on a solo shot to centerfield, 8-1. However, the Pack came back up to bat still on a roll and posted five more runs on five hits. Millwood had a bases clearing homer to push Nevada up, 13-1 before a third pitching change happened for the Lobos. The Pack ended the inning up 13-1 after a fly ball was caught in left field.

The fourth inning was pinch hitting right and left with Covert coming in for Millwood with two outs and launched a homer for her first of the year. Another pitching change and another pinch hitter in Jyllian Ahart who drew a walk before Jessica Sellers, in for Sierra Mello, reached on a fielders choice ended the inning. Nevada up, 18-1.

Fritz put down the next three Lobo batters and the Pack was back up to bat. Rheanna Smith led the top of the fifth with a hit before Salausa hit a 3 RBI homer and took the 21-1 lead. A line out ended the inning and the scoring frenzy for the Pack. Fritz and the defense sat the Lobos down in the bottom of the fifth and with the run-rule in place the game was called, 21-1.

Nevada returns home for a conference three-game series with San Diego State starting on Friday, April 5 at 4:00 p.m. PT.