Despite three runs in the final inning, the University of Nevada softball team fell 6-4 to Fresno State in its first-ever Mountain West game on Thursday in Fresno, Calif..
The loss dropped the Wolf Pack to 20-14 (0-1 MWC), while the Bulldogs improved to 20-14 (1-0 MWC).
Trailing 6-1 entering the seventh inning, Nevada got a lead-off triple from Chelsea Barilli and a single from Karley Hopkins to score Barilli. Jasmine Jenkins continued a brilliant day at the plate later in the inning, a single for her third hit of the game and scoring two more runs to make it 6-4. She was 3-for-4 with three RBI and two doubles.
With runners at first and second and two outs, Lauren Lastrapes grounded out to third baseman Vonnie Martin to end the game.
Karlyn Jones took the loss for the Pack, falling to 13-5. She pitched 4.2 innings, surrendering three earned runs. She did not record a walk or strikeout. Bailey Brewer pitched 1.1 innings and did not surrender a run.
Jenkins raised her season average to .386, while Hopkins went 2-for-4 to continue to lead the Pack at .397. Caylin Campbell started for the eighth time this season at the designated player spot. She did not have a hit in three plate appearances.
Nevada and Fresno State play again at 6 p.m. tonight, where the Pack will look to level its conference record early in Mountain West play.