On a Roll: Mavericks win fourth straight conference series

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Jackson Taylor
SPORTS EDITOR

The Omaha softball team continued climbing the Summit over the weekend, taking two out of three games from conference foe Western Illinois. The Mavericks improved to 23-22 (9-2 Summit League), keeping them in second place behind North Dakota State.

Game 1: Omaha 7 Western Illinois 3

RHP Laura Roecker took the mound in Omaha’s first game against WIU. The freshman improved to 12-9 on the season with her complete game. Roecker gave up three runs, two earned, on six hits while walking three and striking out five.

The Omaha offense was paced by two 3-for-3 performances from senior catcher Campbell Ditto and junior centerfielder Lia Mancuso. The two combined for three home runs and four RBIs on the day. Junior shortstop Nicole Warren also chipped in with a two-run homer and freshman pinch hitter Alexis Parker added a solo shot.

As a team, Omaha tallied its seven runs on 10 hits and made three errors in the field.

Game 2: Omaha 2 Western Illinois 0

Junior pitcher Abbie Clanton (9-9) propelled the Mavericks to victory in the second game with her crafty pitching performance. Clanton went 7.0 complete innings allowing five hits and striking out two. Of her 114 pitches on the day, 60% went for strikes and she kept Western Illinois to only one runner to reach third base in the entire game.

Lizzie Noble led the limited UNO offense with a 1-for-3 day at the plate. Her two-out double in the top of the first knocked in the only two runs of the game. Senior right fielder Bailey Schulenberg had a solid performance going 2-for-3 with a double.

Omaha’s two runs came off six hits, while the defense made just one error.

Game 3: Omaha 8 Western Illinois 14

Roecker started on the mound in the finale for her second appearance over the weekend. The freshman went 4.1 innings, allowing eight runs (five earned) off nine hits and two walks.

Warren and Hames drove the Omaha offense. Warren went 3-for-5 with a double, triple and a home run. She scored two runs and tallied three RBIs. Hames went 2-for-4 with a double and home run while scoring and twice and driving in two.

Omaha’s eight runs came off 11 hits and the defense made four.

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