RENO, NV - The Nevada softball team is inching closer to a 30 win record after picking up number 29 on the season in a 8-3 win over Mountain West foe, Fresno State. The Pack now advances to the regional championship game, tomorrow at noon against 2018 NISC champions, Loyola Marymount.
A bases loaded two out full-count was no problem for Sadaria McAlister who launched a grand slam over the left field wall. It was a first on the season for the Pack, her career first and the first since May 18, 2018 which, ironically was against the Bulldogs. The junior lifted Nevada to a 5-2 lead over Fresno State mid-way through.
The bats however, did not slow down as sophomore Lauren Gutierrez took care of business with a two RBI single and was followed by Sierra Mello who had a double to score Gutierrez and in a blink of the eye the Pack was up 8-2.
Kali Sargent started her second game of the NISC and took care of business, going the distance and accounting for two strikeouts but caused 10 groundouts to keep the defense involved. The senior i now 9-10 on the year and recored her 11 complete game.
Fellow senior Rachel Rodriguez started as the designated player was one of two Wolf Pack players, along with junior Haley Burda, to tally a multi-hit game along with an RBI from each. The Pack combined for eight hits and five drawn walks in the contest to go along with eight RBIs.
Nevada will now play Saturday with a chance to earn the NISC Nevada regional title, a first in program history.
Tomorrow's match up will be live streamed on Mountain West Network along with live stats. Tickets for the championship game are $15 for general admission and $10 for students with a first pitch against the Lions of Loyola Marymount set for noon.