Wolf Pack's rally falls short as Rebels take series opener

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RENO, NV - Four runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game up, just was not enough to keep the Rebels at bay. The Nevada softball team moves to 25-22, 9-10 on the year after a 10-7 loss to UNLV in the series opener.

Junior Sadaria McAlister was the highlight player of the game, going 2-for-4 with four RBIs and two extra base hits including a home run and a 3 RBI double. Joining her is Dallas Millwood who had a multi-hit game with a double but not to leave out Kenzi Goins and Kwynn Warner who each knocked solo home runs in contest.

Kendall Fritz started and pitched 5.2 innings with two strikeouts but allowed six earned runs before Julia Jensen came in relief in the bottom of the sixth with one on and two outs. The sophomore ultimately was issued the loss and is now 8-6 on the season after giving up three earned runs.

The Rebels had the three run lead for the first three innings until the Pack scratched the board with an RBI single from freshman Danielle Lew in the bottom of the fourth inning, 3-1 UNLV. However, the Rebels took the run back in the top of the fifth on a solo shot over the left field wall, 4-1.

Nevada responded right away with two runs in the bottom of the fifth thanks to back-to-back solo home runs from McAlister and Goins to cut the lead to one, 4-3. Three runs on three hits from UNLV game them the four run lead and the momentum heading in to the final innings but again it was short lived as the Pack responded and tied the game on a 3 RBI double from McAlister, 7-7.

The top of the seventh came and the Rebels sucked the momentum out of the Pack after three runs were scored on back-to-back singles, 10-7. This time Nevada did not respond and the game ended with a strikeout from Charlie Masterson.

The two teams meet tomorrow when the Pack looks to even the series at 1 pm PT. The game will be Jayme King Day and Alumni Celebration while Renown collects books for Landon's Little Library at the gate.