Written by Joe Gabbert
The Mavericks softball team began the 2014 season at the Red Desert Classic in St George Utah with a milestone victory- Head Coach Jeanne Scarpello’s 600th win.
UNO posted a 7-0 shutout to gain this milestone mark in their season opener against Weber State Friday. The Mavericks, who are 2-1 as of Sunday morning, scored all seven of their runs through the first four innings. This gave senior pitcher Dana Elsasser her first victory of the year with a two hit shutout.
Amber Lutmer, Allie Mathewson, Campbell Ditto, Lia Mancuso, Tara Trede and Megan Stegman each scored runs, with two from both Trede and Mathewson via throwing errors. Elsasser struck out nine and walked just one in her two hitter.
Weber state, with a record of 1-2, had already posted a 4-3 victory over BYU on Thursday and Lost to Texas-Arlington earlier Friday.
In the Mavericks 4-0 win against Utah Valley Dana Elsasser pitched a three hit shutout with eight strikeouts and two walks. She has not allowed a run in the 14 innings she has pitched so far.
The Mavs broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third inning. Allie Mathewson walked home with bases loaded for the first run of the game, then Sydney Hames singled to score Amber Lutmer and Campbell Ditto for a 3-0 lead. Ditto laced a double to left field to score Lia Mancuso for the Mavs’ fourth run in the bottom of the fourth inning.
The Mavs took their first loss of the season as the Southern Utah Thunderbirds scored five runs through five innings against pitcher Kat Barrow as she returned for her first game since March of 2013.
Ditto allowed the Mavs to avoid a shutout with her second run of the season at the top of the sixth inning.
The Mavericks were picked second out of seven teams in the Summit League Poll last week. They received a total of 31 points with one first place vote, compared to 33 points and four first place votes for North Dakota State. The poll was voted on by the league’s seven head coaches.