Omaha hosts South Dakota State

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Jackson Taylor
SPORTS EDITOR

The Omaha softball team continued play in the Summit League over the weekend, hosting South Dakota State for a three-game series at Westbrook. The Mavericks went 2-1, winning 14-5, losing 3-1 and then winning 5-4.

Game 1: W 14-5 (5 innings)

Omaha was threatened early in game one of the weekend as South Dakota State took an early 5-0 lead after the first two innings. Omaha would responded with a 14 run onslaught over the next two and a half innings.

Freshman Laura Rocker pitched a complete game and is 10-9 on the season.

After finding themselves in the early 5-run hole, Omaha’s offensive explosion came in their half of the third. Nicole Warren got it going with a two-run home run, followed by a Lizzie Noble RBI to score Campbell Ditto. Alexis Parker and Lia Mancuso then drew bases loaded walks to tie the game at 5.

In the fourth, Omaha struck again. Ditto gave UNO the lead with a solo home run. Three consecutive singles, an error and a sacrifice fly saw the Mavericks with a 9-5 lead going into the fifth.

The Mavericks ended the game by scoring 6 more runs in the fifth inning. Warren, Ditto and Sydney Hames all singled to start the inning. A bases loaded walk and a Kelly Pattison home run put the game well out of reach.

Game 2: L 3-1

The second game of the Saturday double-header was much more of a pitcher’s duel. Omaha’s Abbie Clanton went 6 ⅓ innings, giving up three runs on seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Clanton fell to 7-8 on the season with the loss.

Omaha took an early lead in the bottom of the second. Pock led off with a double, but was thrown out at third on Noble’s fielder’s choice. Pattison reached on an error and Tara Trede hit an RBI single to bring in Noble and give UNO the 1-0 lead.

Clanton shut down the Jackrabbits until the top of the sixth when SDSU struck for two runs off three singles and a sac fly. Devan Larson gave SDSU an insurance run with her homer in the top of the seventh.

Game 3: W 5-4

A late rally saw Omaha take game three and the series on Sunday afternoon.

Roecker made the start again for UNO, and the freshman struggled early. South Dakota State stole the lead in the first inning, striking for three runs.

Omaha would steal a run back in the third as Warren hit a double to bring in Pattison. SDSU responded by scoring one in the fourth to make it 4-1.

In the bottom of the sixth, Ditto came through with an RBI single and then a passed ball allowed another run to come in, 4-3.

The drama really picked up in the bottom of the seventh. Trede reached first base as the tying run on a bunt. Lia Mancuso then stepped in and with a 3-2 count placed a two-run walk-off home run over the center field wall to give the Mavericks the 5-4 victory.

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