What makes someone the best at what they do? Does it take breaking and setting new career records? Is it consistency over a long stretch of time? Does it take some sort of validation from one's peers?
In America, baseball has produced more heroes and more arguments about who's the best than perhaps anything else in sports history.
Two weeks after UNO ended North Dakota State's 16-game winning streak, the Mavs have yet to find their own winning ways and have lost eight of their last nine. In the middle of a stretch that includes 15 games on the road, the Mavs lost games last week 8-4 and 1-0 to Minnesota, then 4-1, 4-3 and 5-4 in 11 innings to future Summit League opponent Oakland.
For the second week in a row, the UNO baseball team was only able to scratch out one win in a four game series and have now dropped to 11-25 on the season.
North Dakota State came to Omaha to face UNO in their final home series of the year with a nation-leading 13-game winning streak. After scoring late to earn a 7-4 victory on Friday, the Bison dominated UNO at Werner Park on Saturday 8-1 and 7-0.
UNO's only home series of 2012 was set up to be the year's premier event. The Mavs had the chance to play in front of the home crowd at the new Werner Park, and the seniors were being honored in between games of a double header.
After beating Creighton at TD Ameritrade last Tuesday, UNO ended the week with a victory at Iowa and then fell in a sweep at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne. Pitching and defense once again guided the way in a 3-1 win at Iowa City, but the Mavs were shut out in their first game against IPFW, lost a 6-3 decision on Saturday, then dropped 13-7 decision on Sunday.
The UNO baseball team competed in the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational over Spring Break, winning four games and dropping three while also playing in the longest game in Division I this season. The Mavs opened with an 8-3 loss to Army, rattled off four in a row defeating Chicago State 8-4, LIU-Brooklyn 3-2, Bucknell 13-1 and Bradley 4-3, then dropped their final two games 5-2 to Jacksonville State and 3-1 to Northwestern.