OMAHA ATHLETICS REWIND MARCH 20-26, 2017

BASEBALL

The Omaha baseball team went 3-1 last week, opening with a 10-1 loss at Kansas State on Wednesday. James Smith had a standout relief effort, throwing 4.0 innings of shutout ball with four hits and six strikeouts to one walk.

On Friday, Omaha swept a doubleheader at Fort Wayne, 4-1 in the first game and 14-1 in seven innings in the second game. In the opener, Corey Binger (2-4) tossed a complete game for the win, allowing one run on eight hits and a walk with a career-high eight strikeouts. Sam Palensky went 2-for-5 and drove in two runs, while Grant Suponchick was 2-for-2 off the bench and scored once.

In the second game, Sam Murphy (1-3) threw a complete-game four-hitter for his first win of the year. He shuttered a career-high 16 batters, which marked the most strikeouts by an Omaha pitcher since 2010 and set the Mavericks' Division I record. Parker Smejkal went 3-for-3 with two runs and four RBI on a pair of two-run home runs.

On Saturday, Omaha totaled a season-high 16 hits, led by three apiece from Ryan Cate (3-for-5, one run, two RBI), Suponchick (3-for-4, two runs, one RBI), Nate Mallott (3-for-6, one run, one RBI) and Cole Thibodeau (3-for-5, one run). Cam Fowler (1-0) recorded his first career win, throwing the final 3.0 innings and keeping the Mastodons to one run on two hits and a walk with a season-best four strikeouts.

SOFTBALL

Omaha softball dropped a pair of non-conference games last week. In its home opener last Tuesday, UNO lost a 14-6 decision in six innings to New Mexico State. Lizzie Noble and Lia Mancuso led the Maverick effort at the plate with multi-hit efforts. Noble finished the day 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, while Mancuso had two hits and two stolen bases. Kaitlynn Hunt finished 2-for-2 with a triple and two runs scored. Kelly Pattison added a solo home run.

UNO fell to in-state foe Nebraska last Wednesday, 15-11. Hailey Bartz finished 2-for-5, hitting a home run and driving in four runs. Lizzie Noble went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, two runs scored and two RBI. Lia Mancuso and Kelly Pattison each finished with three hits. Mancuso scored twice and had an RBI, while Pattison drove in two and scored once.

MEN'S TENNIS

Omaha men’s tennis went 1-1 last week. The Mavericks earned a 7-2 victory over St. Thomas in Miami Gardens, Fla., last Tuesday. The doubles pairing of Matt Dunn and John Ellis took an 8-3 victory at No. 3, while Nathan Reekie and Alex Woodward won 8-2 at No. 2. In singles play, Louis-Jonas Heizlsperger was victorious at No. 4 and Woodward took a 6-3, 6-2 decision at No. 5.

UNO lost a 7-0 decision to Florida Atlantic Wednesday in Boca Raton, Fla. The doubles tandem of Reekie and Woodward picked up the lone victory with a 7-2 win at No. 2. Razvan Grigorescu fell at No. 1 singles to nationally rated Andrei Kougoucheff, 7-5, 6-4. Dunn fell in split sets at No. 3 to Anthony Schohn 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.

WOMEN'S TENNIS

The Omaha women's tennis team played three matches last week, playing two in the state of Texas for a spring break trip. The Mavericks fell 6-1 at Lamar on Tuesday, with Janelle Wilson earning their lone singles victory at the No. 2 position, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

On Wednesday, Omaha defeated Prairie View A&M, 4-3. The Mavericks got doubles wins from Rylee Tucker/Emily Behling, 6-1 at No. 2, and Kylie Boyer/Kenzie Hill, 6-2 at No. 3. They then claimed three singles matches for the victory: Wilson at No. 2 (6-2, 6-0), Michelle Lo at No. 1 (6-1, 6-2) and Boyer at No. 3 (7-6(3), 7-5.

On Sunday, Omaha returned home for the first time since late January, falling 5-2 to Colorado State. Lo/Wilson triumphed in No. 1 doubles, 6-0. Lo also picked up a win at No. 1 in singles play, 7-6 (7-4), 7-4, and Wilson earned a victory at the No. 2 position, 7-5, 6-0.

Photos by Mark Kuhlmann

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Monday, March 27

WGOLF at Little Rock/ASU Invitational | 8am | Maumelle, Ark.

MGOLF at Little Rock First Tee Classic | 8am | Little Rock, Ark.

Tuesday, March 28

WGOLF at Little Rock/ASU Invitational | 8am | Maumelle, Ark.

MGOLF at Little Rock First Tee Classic | 8am | Little Rock, Ark.

BSB vs. Air Force | 4pm | Seymour Smith Park

Wednesday, March 29

BSB vs. UC Davis | 1pm | Seymour Smith Park

Friday, March 31

WTEN vs. South Dakota State | 2pm | Koch Tennis Center

BSB vs. North Dakota State | 4pm | Seymour Smith Park

MTEN vs. Oral Roberts | 6pm | Miracle Hill Tennis Center

Saturday, April 1

SB vs. Western Illinois | Noon | Westside Field at Westbrook

T&F at Emporia State Relays | Noon | Emporia, Kan.

BSB vs. North Dakota State | 2pm | Seymour Smith Park

SB vs. Western Illinois | 2pm | Westside Field at Westbrook

Sunday, April 2

WTEN vs. Oral Roberts | 9am | Koch Tennis Center

MTEN vs. South Dakota State | 11am | Miracle Hill Tennis Center

SB vs. Western Illinois | 11am | Westside Field at Westbrook

BSB vs. North Dakota State | Noon | Seymour Smith Park

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