How it Happened
Nevada steadily built its lead and then broke the game open with a seven-run fourth en route to a 9-0 victory over Rhode Island Friday at the GCU Invitational.
The Wolfpack (6-3) scored single runs in each of the first two innings. Rhody starter Sarah Gunderson appeared to settle down, retiring four straight batters. However, things came apart in the top of the fourth as Nevada erupted for seven runs. The rally was punctuated by a grand slam off the bat of Mele Tausinga.
Rhode Island (1-6) lost its fourth straight game as it was unable to muster much on offense. The Rams put seven runners on base, but the team was a combined 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
Inside the Box Score
- Senior Marylynn Muldowney picked up her first hit of the season with a single in the bottom of the second.
- Besides Muldowney, junior Kylie Shivery and freshman Caileigh Holland each singled once.
- Senior Ali Summers and junior Paige Julich each walked once. Summers also was hit by a pitch.
- Freshman Madi Lewis was again sharp in relief, allowing one hit and no runs in 1.2 innings of work. In two appearances Friday, she pitched 4.2 innings, allowing one run on five hits.
Stat of the Game
4 – Rhode Island lost in five innings via the eight-run rule for the fourth time this season. It also was the fourth straight loss for the Rams.
Rhode Island plays a pair of games Saturday at the GCU Invitational. The Rams go against host Grand Canyon at 4 p.m. EST in a contest being streamed on YouTube. Later, Rhody gets a rematch with Nevada at 9 p.m. EST.