The momentum is with the Pack after an extra inning game against Fresno State held the Bulldogs from a clean sweep. Nevada took game three, 5-1 after scoring four runs in the top of the eighth and are currently 22-16, 7-5 in Mountain West play. The team plays host to newly nationally-ranked Colorado State who came in at 25 in the NFCA poll Tuesday morning with a 31-6, 13-2 record.
The games are set for first pitch at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, 1:00 p.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday with all times in PT. The games on Friday and Saturday will be live streamed via Mountain West Network along with live stats available through nevadawolfpack.com/softballls while the game on Thursday will be available through an audio link on the website.
With Kenzi Goins and Sierra Mello atop of the batting average stat lines Ashley Salausa has made a name for herself after the Fresno State series. The sophomore was 4 of 7 from the plate with a home run, a double, two intentional walks and two runs scored. She is also the lone Pack member to be hitting over a .400 in conference play with a .412.
Freshman Dallas Millwood continues to lead the team in RBIs and is sitting atop of the conference rankings at first and has cracked the top 25 nationally with 38 on the season; she is just one of three freshmen.
Following the weekend, the Pack has come in at tenth in the nation in doubles per game with a 1.76 average; currently the team has 67 on the season. Joining the bats on the national ranking board is the pitching staff who owns 1-2-3 in the Mountain West for strikeouts per seven innings.
The pitching staff has combined for 233 strikeouts to lead Mountain West with freshman Kendall Fritz leading the way with 104 personal strikeouts. Julia Jensen is not far behind though; the sophomore now averages 7.0 per game and has 73 on the year.
Colorado State is offensively led by Amber Nelson who is sporting a .421 clip and leads the team in doubles (15), total bases (80) and walks drawn (18). The Rams are currently hitting with a .331 average in comparison to the .292 the Pack has and is sitting with a 2.49 ERA with the Pack at a 3.37.
The Rams have close to a balanced pitching staff with Bridgette Hutton and Jessica Jarecki each having 16 starts while Taylor Gilmore has five. Hutton has pitched 11 complete games with three shutouts and 199.1 innings pitched while Jarecki has the best record at 11-1. They combine for 163 strikeouts and have allowed 99 walks.