SAN JOSE, Calif. - The Nevada softball team (10-7) picks up a win over (RV) Cal State Fullerton, 5-0 but falls to CSUN, 3-1 on the first day of the Silicon Valley Classic.
The Pack combined for 14 hits on the day with eight against the Titans in the morning game and six against the Matadors of CSUN in the evening contest. Kenzi Goins and Lauren Gutierrez both had three hits on the day, leading Nevada along with being responsible for three runs against Cal State Fullerton.
Nevada 5, Cal State Fullerton 0
Kendall Fritz got the ball and pitched five complete innings with three strikeouts and zero runs before Julia Jensen came in relief and pitched the final two innings with three strikeouts and only one run. Fritz got the win and goes 4-2 on the season.
Both teams went back-and forth with the only offense coming from the Titans who had four hits on the board through four scoreless innings. The Pack struggled connecting in the first four but Goins get it started with a single through the left side to break up the no hitter and put a Nevada runner on-base.
Haley Burda knocked a two-out RBI single to right field to bring Goins home before Lauren Gutierrez hit a single and was followed by a single RBI courtesy of Sierra Mello. The first two runs of the game were on the board and in favor of Nevada.
The bats kept going in the sixth inning for Goins, as she hit a two-run home run to increase the lead to four. A fifth run was added in the seventh inning for insurance to take the game, 5-0.
CSUN 3, Nevada 1
The senior, Kali Sargent started the second game on the day and pitched six complete innings with six strikeouts and just two earned runs.
Despite outhitting the Matadors, the Pack only plated one run in the top of the fourth after Ashley Salausa made it to third on an error and a sac bunt from Warner. She then scored on an RBI single from Dallas Millwood to tie the game 1-1.
CSUN responded in the bottom of the fourth with a two-out rally comprised of two hits and a Wolf Pack error to take back the lead, 3-1. The score remained the same for the games entirety despite both teams putting runners on base.
The Pack heads back to Santa Clara to play two more, tomorrow with the first game against the Northern Kentucky Norse at 2:00 p.m. PT and following that game will be the UC Davis contest.