Pack softball splits two at first day of Arkansas tourney

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The Nevada softball team moved to 7-6 on the year after splitting the first day of the Wooo Pig Classic on the campus of the University of Arkansas. The Pack beat Northwestern State 6-3 before falling to the No. 14 Arkansas, 9-6 in the evening contest.

Nevada 6, Northwestern State 3

Kendall Fritz got the ball and pitched a complete game, her third of the year. The freshman had 10 strikeouts with just one earned run in the contest. Fritz improves to 2-2 on the year.

Kwynn Warner had one of her best games of the season going 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs. The junior knocked two doubles and a single in the game for her first multi-RBI and multi-hit game of the season. Kenzi Goins also had a multi-hit game after going 2-for-4 in the box.

The Pack decided today was doubles day. There were six doubles hit by five different players that helped combine for 10 hits in the game; the fourth game in a row with double digit hits from Nevada.

Nevada got off to a hot start putting two doubles and a single together to take the 3-0 lead in the top half of the first inning. The Lady Demons scraped one together after putting themselves in a run down to cut the Pack lead, 3-1.

The teams exchanged scoreless innings and made a quick 12 outs in three innings go by until Lauren Gutierrez doubled and Sadaria McAlister had her RBI double to put Nevada back on top, 4-1. NSU waited to respond until the bottom of the sixth inning, putting two runs on the board after an 11-pitch at bat resulted in a two RBI double that cut the lead, 4-3.

The Pack immediately responded in the top of the seventh with two runs of its own off a double from Sierra Mello and two singles from Warner and Dallas Millwood. The game ended, 6-3, off a ground out.

Arkansas 9, Nevada 6

Julia Jensen got the nod for the evening contest and pitched two full innings before senior Kali Sargent relieved her in the third inning. The senior, pitched four complete innings with three strikeouts to end the night and moves to 1-3 on the year.

The Razorbacks got on the board first with a single run in the first and second innings but broke the game open in bottom of the third, scoring four runs on three hits to take a 6-0 lead. Nevada answered in the top of the fourth with two runs. Warner singled up the middle and was driven in on a Millwood double for the first run and then Goins scored on a wild pitch after reaching base on her own single.

The rally from the Pack was not over though. Nevada scored four more runs in the top of the fourth inning. Gutierrez and Mello had back-to-back singles and when McAlister stepped in the box she did her job on a bunt but a wild throw from the Razorbacks allowed Gutierrez and Mello to score and McAlister landed on third. Warner was walked to put runners on the corners with just one out. Millwood stepped up and crushed a two RBI double to left field but was left stranded on a strikeout. Tie game, 6-6.

Arkansas added a run in the bottom of the fifth and two more in the bottom of the sixth for insurance to take it 9-6.

Nevada has two more games tomorrow with the first against Omaha at 10:15 a.m. PT followed with a rematch against Northwestern State at 12:30 p.m. PT.