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Nevada softball takes two from California Baptist

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Nevada softball takes two from California Baptist (Nevada athletics)

The Nevada softball team (19-14, 11-7) took two non-conference games over California Baptist (19-28-1, 7-8) in Riverside, Calif., on Friday night. Nevada shut out California Baptist in game one, 2-0, before a 9-5 victory to close the night.

Sophomore Kendall Fritz (9-6) starred on the mound for Nevada in game one, tossing a four-hit shutout with seven strikeouts to power the Pack’s defense. Fritz recorded her 100th strikeout of the season on the game’s final out. In addition, Fritz notched her 14th-career shutout. Riverside, Calif., native Haley Burda had a standout performance at the plate with a solo home run. Freshman Sam Oliver also pieced together a strong performance, going 1-for-2 with an RBI. Senior Sierra Mello also recorded a hit.

In game two, freshman Blake Craft went the distance for Nevada, compiling a four-strikeout performance. In six innings, Craft gave up three earned runs on eight hits. Junior Julia Jensen entered at pitcher in the seventh, recording three-consecutive strikeouts to close the game. Six Wolf Pack players registered multiple hits. Junior Jessica Sellers led Nevada offensively, totaling a career-high three hits with two runs and an RBI. Seniors Sadaria McAlister and Kenzi Goins, junior Lauren Gutierrez and freshmen Charli Hawkins and Chelie Senini each tallied two hits. Additionally, Hawkins’ two hits are a new career-high.

How It Happened

GAME 1

The Pack broke the game open on Burda’s solo home run in the second.

Nevada remained quiet offensively until the seventh when Oliver’s RBI single to right scored Ashley Salausa, pushing Nevada’s lead to 2-0.

GAME 2

CBU took an early 4-0 lead in the second, but Nevada fired back in third to cut the Lancers’ lead to 4-2.

Sellers’ lead-off single in the fourth led to an Aaliyah Rivas’ sacrifice bunt, pushing Sellers to second. Then, Senini’s single over short advanced Sellers to third. Next, McAlister’s two-RBI double to left-center tied the game. The Pack took the game’s lead on Gutierrez’s RBI single to center, plating McAlister.

CBU responded in the sixth, tying the game on a solo home run to center.

Nevada didn’t back down in the seventh. Oliver reached first base on a CBU throwing error. Following Oliver, Goins doubled to left center to place runners on second and third with one out. Hawkins then stepped up to the plate and launched a two-RBI double down the right field line to give the Pack a 7-5 lead. Next, Sellers tallied her third hit of the night on an RBI single to right, scoring Hawkins. Sellers advanced to third on a throwing error. The Pack got its final run of the night on McAlister’s RBI double to right-center.

HEAR FROM KENDALL FRITZ

“I’m proud of our girls for coming out and getting the wins today after last weekend. Every day is a new opportunity for us. It was great to have my 100th strikeout of the season today, but I just try my best to always put my team in a position to win.”

HEAR FROM JESSICA SELLERS

“We had two great team wins today. Our pitchers were consistent in both games and put us in positions to win. We had timely hits when we needed them. I went up to the plate feeling loose and relaxed while also hunting for pitches to drive. Today was a fun day.”

UP NEXT

The series finale between Nevada and California Baptist is scheduled for 12 p.m. on Saturday.

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