Kendall Fritz (11-5) and the Nevada softball team (21-15, 13-7 conf.) picked up two wins over in-state rival UNLV on Saturday at Hixson Park. The Pack clinched game one, 6-0, before downing UNLV in game two, 6-3. In addition, Fritz picked up her 300th career strikeout in the first game.
Kendall Fritz starred on the mound in game one, tossing a five-hit complete shutout. The game one victory also marked Fritz’s third-consecutive shutout and the ninth of her career. In seven innings, Fritz struck out four UNLV hitters. In game two, Fritz threw another complete game and only gave up three runs on four hits. Fritz totaled four strikeouts to pace Nevada.
Nevada was powered offensively by Sam Oliver in game one. Oliver went 2-for-3, including a home run, with two RBI and one run. The Pack also saw strong offensive production by Lauren Gutierrez, who went 1-for-3 with two RBI. Sierra Mello also pieced together a strong game with her third home run of the season. Chelie Senini, Sadaria McAlister and Jessica Sellers also chipped in with a hit each.
In game two, nine Wolf Pack players recorded at least one hit against UNLV. Four Pack players recorded multiple hits. Senini propelled Nevada offensively, going 2-for-3, scoring two runs and tallying an RBI. Gutierrez, who went 2-for-3 with a run and RBI, was also dominant for Nevada. Gutierrez registered two doubles for the second time in her career and first since Nevada defeated Sacramento State on March 8, 2020. Haley Burda went 2-for-3 with a double. Sellers also paced Nevada with two hits and scored two runs. McAlister went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a stolen base. Kenzi Goins, Ashley Salausa, Oliver and Mello each registered a hit.
How It Happened
Nevada jumped on the board first in the bottom of the third after McAlister’s RBI single up the middle, scoring Sellers from third.
The Pack added to its lead in the fifth after plating three runs. Nevada extended its lead to 2-0 on Oliver’s RBI single to right-center that scored Bella Kordonowy from second. Then, Nevada took a 4-0 lead on Gutierrez’s two-RBI single up the middle, plating Sellers and Danielle Lew.
Nevada piled on two more runs in the sixth thanks to Mello and Oliver’s solo home runs.
The Pack wasted no time scoring runs in the second game. Senini led Nevada off with a single down the right-field line. Then, Gutierrez put Nevada up early on an RBI double down the left-field line to score Senini from third.
UNLV claimed a 3-1 lead in the third.
Nevada bounced back to tie the game in the bottom of the third. Sellers began with a lead-off double to left. Then, Senini’s ground out advanced Sellers to third. Next, McAlister flied out to deep center and scored Sellers. Gutierrez followed with a double to right-center. Mello continued the inning by singling to center and plating Gutierrez to tie the game.
Nevada grabbed the lead in the fourth. Oliver singled to center with one out to put a runner on. Sellers stepped up to the plate and singled to right-center, moving Kordonowy (pinch-running for Oliver to third. Senini followed with an RBI single up the middle to score Kordonowy. McAlister then singled to right-center to score Sellers and advance Senini to third. Nevada tallied its final out of the game when McAlister stole second to draw a UNLV throw which ultimately caused an error by the Rebels, pushing Senini across home.
HEAR FROM KENDALL FRITZ
“We had two great team wins today. It’s always awesome to collect another series win, especially over UNLV. We had a lot of fun on the field today, and it clearly shows.”
The Pack and UNLV face each other in the series finale at noon on Sunday. Live stats and a live stream for Sunday’s game can be found at NevadaWolfPack.com.