Pack softball pummels Bears, UTSA
March 21, 2013
RENO – It all came together for the Nevada softball team last weekend.
The Wolf Pack rolled past Northern Colorado and the University of Texas-San Antonio at the Nevada Classic at Hixson Park.
Nevada's torried offense continued its dominating ways with four wins and has now won seven straight. The Wolf Pack rallied from a 6-3 deficit on Sunday to drop Northern Colorado.
On Saturday, the Pack opened the day with a 9-0 win in six innings over the Bears, a victory capped by a mammoth three-run blast from Lauren Lastrapes to ice the game.
Nevada capped the day with a 6-2 win over UTSA
In all, the Pack blasted eight home runs in the four games with Lastrapes leading the way with three, Megan Sweet and Ashley Butera each swatted two and Erin Jones added a long ball in Friday's 10-0 win over UTSA.
On Sunday, though, Nevada mustered a four-run sixth inning to overcome Northern Colorado.
The seven-game winning streak is the longest for the Pack since a 12-game streak in 2009.
Fallon native Sara Parsons, coming off her Mountain West Player of the Week honor at the Mustang Classic, was 4-for-12 on the weekend, although she had three hits and three RBIs in Sunday's win.
Trailing 6-3 in the middle of the fifth inning, the Wolf Pack scored three runs in the bottom of the frame. Four in the sixth, on five hits, put Nevada ahead for good.
Karley Hopkins had three hits and four RBIs, and Nevada scored at least 10 runs for the sixth time this season. Butera, meanwhile, is now tied for the team lead in home runs with Megan Fincher at six. Hopkins raised her average to .390, while the Pack raised its average to .315 as a team.
In four games at the Nevada Classic, the Pack outscored their opponents 35-8.
Next for Nevada is the Wolf Pack Classic, where Nevada faces Santa Clara and Idaho State starting Saturday at Hixson Park.
Notes: Parsons leads Nevada with 28 RBI in 29 games … Parsons, Hopkins, Fincher, Erin Jones, Sweet and Lastrapes have started every game for Nevada this season … Sweet was 2-for-4 with her sixth double of the year … Nevada has scored 173 runs in 29 games … Fincher and Butera lead the club with six homers followed by Sweet (five), Parsons and Lastrapes (four) and Erin Jones (three) … Parsons is tied for fourth with Sweet with a .341 average behind Jones (.398), Hopkins (.390) and Jasmine Jenkins (.348).