By Jared Meyer, Contributor
The UNO softball team ended a road trip to South Carolina and the Coastal Carolina Invitational taking two of three over the weekend. The Mavericks defeated St. Peter’s 7-1 and lost to Coastal Carolina 5-0 on Friday, then defeated Dartmouth 5-1 on Saturday.
The two wins improved UNO’s record to 4-6 as they prepare for another road trip to Florida next week.
In three games the Maverick offense piled up 21 hits, 11 RBI’s and drew 13 walks. The pitching staff limited opponents to just .236 hitting while striking out 21 and walking just six.
Though UNO committed six errors over the weekend, the defense was able to strand 16 runners and didn’t give up any stolen bases.
Friday, UNO faced Saint Peter’s in the afternoon and got off to a quick start with two runs in the first inning and four in the second. Freshman infielder Tonya Peterson brought in the two first inning runs on a bases loaded single.
Peterson added two more RBI’s in the next inning and went 2 for 4 from the plate. Senior catcher Lauren Larson went a perfect 4-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI in the third that gave the Mavs a 7-0 lead.
Saint Peter’s didn’t get on the board until the seventh, and the lone run wasn’t enough for the Peahens to get back in the game. After getting a comfortable 7-0 lead, freshman pitcher Kat Barrow (2-2) shut down St. Peter’s with a complete game and a career-high nine strikeouts.
Senior Ashley Lynch was 3 for 3 with two runs scored and an RBI, and junior Molly Negrete had an RBI as well. In game two later in the evening, UNO faced host team Coastal Carolina and the Mavs were unable to scratch out any runs.
Peterson’s hit in the second was UNO’s only hit of the game against the Chanticleers Kiana Quolas. Quolas pitched all seven facing just three hitters over the minimum, striking out three and walking two.
Despite Quolas’ dominance on the mound, the game was scoreless until the fifth when Coastal Carolina got on the board with a two-run home run.
The Chanticleers got another run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to win 5-0. Maverick sophomore pitcher Dana Elsasser (2-3) went five innings giving up three runs on five hits.
Elsasser got the nod again on Sunday against Dartmouth, pitching a complete game and earning her second win of the year in the 5-0 victory. The sophomore from Hershey, Neb. allowed four hits and three walks while striking out seven.
Senior outfielder Katelyn Hinton knocked in the Mavs first three runs on a two-out, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the second. It was Hinton’s only hit in the game, but it proved to be enough as UNO went on to win 5-0.
Junior outfielder Lindsay Redding went 2-for-3 from the plate, scored two runs and stole two bases. Senior infielder Emma Wright and freshman outfielder Mara Eeman both had a run scored.
The Mavs are off until March 11 when they will head to the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla. UNO will have 10 games in five days, playing in doubleheaders Sunday through Thursday.
The Mavs will then host their first home game at the new Westside Field at Westbrook against Nebraska on March 20.