OMAHA ATHLETICS REWIND MARCH 27 - APRIL 2, 2017

BASEBALL

The Omaha baseball team played four home games last week, opening with a 1-0 loss to Air Force on Tuesday. Payton Kinney (0-1) took the loss but threw a season-long 5.0 innings in relief and limited the Falcons to one run on two hits and two walks with a season-high five strikeouts.

The Mavericks resumed league play on Friday, cruising to a 10-0 shutout of North Dakota State in seven innings. Corey Binger (3-4) hurled a complete-game two-hitter with no walks and three strikeouts. Nate Mallott (3-for-3, three RBI) and Marcus Ethen (3-for-3, one run, one RBI) each keyed three hits for the day, and Omaha finished with a season-high-tying 16 hits as a team.

On Saturday, NDSU shut out Omaha, 1-0. Adam Caniglia was 2-for-3 to lead the way at the plate.

The Bison then took the series finale on Sunday, 6-1. Grant Suponchick threw 4.0 innings of scoreless, hitless relief with two walks and three strikeouts. Ryan Cate was 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI, and Sam Palensky was 1-for-3 and scored the Mavericks' only run.

Corey Binger was named Summit League Pitcher of the Week for the third time in his career on Monday.
SOFTBALL

The Omaha softball team dropped a three-game series to Western Illinois last weekend at Bowlin Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. In the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, the Mavericks fell 5-3 to the Leathernecks. Vicky Kinney led UNO at the plate with a double and a three-run home run.

In the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, the Mavericks lost 4-1 in eight innings. Kinney finished the day 1-for-3 with an RBI, while Nicole Warren went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored. Emma Dargy, Emily Klosterman, Lia Mancuso, Lizzie Noble and Kelly Pattison each had hits for Omaha.

UNO dropped its series finale to Western Illinois Sunday afternoon, 5-1. Pattison led the Mavericks offensively, finishing 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Warren went 1-for-3, while Kinney scored a run.

MEN'S GOLF

The Omaha men's golf team tied for 11th place at the Little Rock First Tee Classic last week in Little Rock, Ark. David Huxham led the Mavericks in scoring with a 54-hole total of 221, a career best. He finished in a tie for 18th in the field of 78 golfers.

WOMEN'S GOLF

The Omaha women's golf team finished 11th at the Little Rock/ASU Invitational in Maumelle, Ark. last week. Megan Vetrovsky led the Mavericks in scoring with a three-round score of 231 to finish in a tie for 20th in the field of 76 golfers.

MEN'S TENNIS

The Omaha men’s tennis team went 1-1 in a pair of home Summit League matches last weekend. On Friday, UNO dropped a tough 4-3 decision to Oral Roberts. Razvan Grigorescu picked up a win at No. 1 singles (6-2, 7-5). Nathan Reekie and Louis-Jonas Heizlsperger each won exciting three-set matches. Reekie lost the first set, but rallied to defeat Jan Pehnec at No. 2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. Heizlsperger claimed a 0-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory at No. 5.

UNO wrapped up the weekend with a 7-0 sweep of South Dakota State. In doubles action, Grigorescu and Colin Buckley started with a 6-3 victory at No. 1 doubles. John Ellis and Matt Dunn clinched the doubles point with a 7-5 win at No. 3. Heizlsperger earned a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 4 singles, and Ellis completed the sweep with a 7-6 (4), 6-4 victory at No. 6.

WOMEN'S TENNIS

The Omaha women's tennis team recorded two home wins in Summit League play last week, beginning with a 6-1 victory over South Dakota State on Friday. In doubles play, Kylie Boyer/Kenzie Hill won at the No. 3 position, 6-2, and Emily Behling/Rylee Tucker triumphed 6-3 at No. 2. Omaha also won five singles matches: Janelle Wilson at No. 2 (6-0, 6-2), Boyer at No. 3 (6-0, 6-2), Tucker in the match-clincher at No. 4 (6-4, 6-1), Behling at No. 3 (6-4, 2-6, 6-1) and Michelle Lo at No. 1 (5-7, 6-4, 10-3).

The Mavericks closed the weekend with a 4-3 victory over Oral Roberts on Sunday. Boyer/Hill won their match at No. 3 and Tucker/Behling picked up another win at No. 2, both by identical scores of 6-3. Omaha capped the day with a trio of singles wins: Lo at No. 1 (6-0, 6-2), Tucker at No. 5 (7-6(5), 6-7(5) 6-3) to tie the match and Wilson at No. 2 (6-7(0), 7-4(4), 6-4) to clinch it.

TRACK & FIELD

The Omaha track & field team returned to action at the Emporia State Relays last Saturday. Stephanie Ahrens won the high jump with a leap of 5-08 1/2 that stands as the best mark in the Summit League this season. The Mavericks also had their share of personal bests including one from Renata Valquier-Chavez in her first outdoor 5,000 meter race. The freshman ran a time of 18:14.37 that ranks 10th best in school history.

Men's tennis photos by Shad Beam; softball photos by Mark Kuhlmann.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Monday, April 3

MGOLF at ASU Red Wolves Intercollegiate | 8am | Jonesboro, Ark.

Tuesday, April 4

MGOLF at ASU Red Wolves Intercollegiate | 8am | Jonesboro, Ark.

Wednesday, April 5

BSB vs. Nebraska | 6:35pm | Werner Park

Friday, April 7

WTEN at Western Illinois | Noon | Macomb, Ill.

BSB vs. Western Illinois | 4pm | Seymour Smith Park

Saturday, April 8

MTEN at IUPUI | 11am CT | Indianapolis, Ind.

SB at South Dakota (DH) | Noon/2:30pm | Vermillion, S.D.

BSB vs. Western Illinois | 2pm | Seymour Smith Park

Sunday, April 9

MTEN at Illinois State | 9am | Bloomington, Ind.

WTEN vs. Marquette | 11am | Koch Tennis Center

BSB vs. Western Illinois | Noon | Seymour Smith Park

SB at South Dakota | Noon | Vermillion, S.D.

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