In this week's Wolf Pack update brought to you by Renown, we are recapping Nevada baseball's and softball's series against UNLV.
Thanks to an 8-3 victory on Sunday, the Nevada baseball team completed a three-game series sweep of in-state rival UNLV.
With the win, the team’s eighth in a row, the Wolf Pack moved to 18-16 overall and is 15-9 in Mountain West play. Now in the final month of league play, Nevada has a conference win percentage of .625 and is right behind San Diego State (.630) for first place. The Wolf Pack has seven conference games remaining on its schedule, while the Aztecs have nine.
On the mound for the Wolf Pack in Sunday’s series finale, freshman Cam Walty tossed a gem. Walty earned his third win of the season after throwing a season-high 7.0 innings with a season-high nine strikeouts. In his 7.0 innings he only allowed two earned runs on four hits, evening his season win-loss record at 3-3.
The Rebels (16-11, 11-10 MW) got on the board first in the ball game, scoring one of their three runs on a bases loaded walk in the top of the third. The lead was short lived though as the Pack plated two runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 2-1 lead. Four consecutive singles in the inning, all with two outs, and RBIs from Matt Clayton and Landon Wallace helped Nevada grab its first lead of the game. A solo home run from UNLV’s Brendan Brooks in the next half inning tied the game once more, but that is all the Rebels would get until the ninth inning.
Nevada used some two-out magic again in its half of the fifth to score two more runs and grab the lead back for what would be the final time in the game. After an intentional walk to Dillan Shrum loaded the bases with two outs, Clayton and Wallace delivered again. Clayton lined a single into right field to score one, and Wallace drew a walk to plate another run and put Nevada ahead, 4-2.
As the game drew closer to its end, the Wolf Pack got another run in the seventh and three huge insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth. With two on and two out, Tyler Bosetti blasted his league-leading 10th home run of the season to left center, which gave Nevada an 8-2 lead heading into the ninth. The Rebels got one run home in the ninth but it was not enough to overcome a six-run deficit.
The Nevada softball team (22-15, 14-7 conf.) celebrated senior day in style on Sunday afternoon at Hixson Park, defeating rival UNLV, 6-5, to complete the series sweep over the Rebels. Graduating senior Julia Jensen (3-3) recorded the win in the circle for the Pack. Seniors Haley Burda, Kenzi Goins, Sierra Mello, Sadaria McAlister and Ashley Salausa combined for six hits to power Nevada’s offense.
Jensen tossed 5.2 innings, striking out a season-high seven hitters and giving up four runs on six hits. Sophomore Kendall Fritz secured her fourth save of the season after throwing the last 1.1 innings. Fritz struck out one hitter and gave up one run on three hits.
Nevada saw offensive dynamite from Salausa, Lauren Gutierrez and Sam Oliver. Salausa and Gutierrez dominated all game, going 2-for-3, including a solo home run, with two RBI and one run each. Oliver, who went 2-for-3, also sparked Nevada the plate. Sierra Mello stayed hot on Sunday and tallied her second home run of the weekend, a two-run slam in the first, to give Nevada an early edge. McAlister went 1-for-4 with a triple and two runs. Goins had a standout day at the plate as well, going 1-for-2 and drawing a walk. Burda also pieced together a strong performance with one hit.
Nevada clinched its first series victory over UNLV since 2017 on Saturday. Sunday’s win marks the first time the Pack have swept UNLV since April 30, 2008, when Nevada downed the Rebels in a two-game series.
How It Happened
The Pack pounded on the runs in the first. Mello bombed a two out, two-run home run to center to put Nevada up 2-0. Following Mello, Salausa launched a solo shot to right-center to extend Nevada’s lead to 3-0.
UNLV answered with four runs in the top of the second.
Nevada chipped away at UNLV’s lead in the third. McAlister got Nevada going on a triple to center. Salausa’s RBI single through the left side plated McAlister and tied the game.
The Pack took the lead in the fourth on Gutierrez’s RBI single through the right side, scoring Bella Kordonowy from third.
Gutierrez struck again in the sixth with a solo home run to left.
UNLV poured on one run in the top of the seventh to threaten the Pack’s lead, but the Nevada defense and Fritz worked out of a jam to secure the victory.
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