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Nevada softball picks up three wins without playing a game (sort of)

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Blake Craft and the Wolf Pack are in third place in the Mountain West. (Josie Copley/Nevada athletics)

The Mountain West ruled Nevada's three-game series against San Jose State, which was canceled last month, a forfeit by the Spartans.

That series, along with SJSU's series against UNLV one week later, were canceled due to a “non-COVID-19 related pause” in the Spartans' program, according to SJSU. Since COVID was not the root issue of the pause, Nevada and UNLV have been awarded three wins each in relation to regular-season title and NCAA automatic-qualification purposes.

According to the NCAA, this does not change an institution’s official overall win-loss record and will not be reflected in the Mountain West standings. However, three wins will be applied to the MW record of Nevada and UNLV at the end of the season if that will change the victor of the regular-season championship. It will not impact the Wolf Pack's record for NCAA Tournament at-large consideration.

Nevada is officially 13-9 overall and 4-2 in the MW after winning conference series against San Diego State and Utah State. The Wolf Pack is scheduled to play New Mexico, which is 2-26, this weekend in a three-game series. Before this week's ruling, Nevada was 2.5 games behind first-place Fresno State (8-1). After the ruling, the Wolf Pack moved just one game behind the Bulldogs and UNLV for first place in the conference.

Nevada is looking for its first conference championship since 2009 when the Wolf Pack was in the WAC.

San Jose State is 4-13 overall and 0-3 in the MW this season, although that does not count the six forfeits it took this week.

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