Nevada pitcher Kali Sargent worked through some early control issues in the circle and threw a complete game, and the Wolf Pack offense scored at least once in five of the seven innings Thursday in the leadoff contest of the 2018 Puerto Vallarta Challenge.
Sargent allowed eight hits and struck out seven, throwing an effective changeup and also getting impressive play from her defense on several balls that were hit hard.
Louisiana Tech (0-1) scored the first run of the event, putting runners on first and third with no outs in the bottom of the first inning and executing a double steal on a bunt play that brought across a run. In the second, Nevada (1-0) took the lead on a two-run double from Aaliyah Gibson, and the Wolf Pack pushed the lead to 3-1 on a third-inning home run from Jessica Sellers.
Nevada loaded the bases with one out in the fourth inning and brought two more runs across on a single up the middle from Kwynn Warner. The Techsters had a threat brewing in the bottom of the fourth, but Morgan Turkoly’s scorching liner was caught and turned into an inning-ending double play.
Nevada built the lead to 7-1 in the fifth inning, with Jyllian Ahart punching through an RBI single and Louisiana Tech committing a throwing error that brought Ali Tedford across. The Techsters got those runs back in the bottom of the frame, making it 7-3 on a two-out, two-run homer from Ali Galaz to centerfield.
The Wolf Pack added some insurance in the top of the seventh on another two-out, two-RBI long ball off the bat of Sadaria McAlister. Jazlyn Crowder had two hits for Louisiana Tech.