By Jared Meyer, Contributor
The UNO baseball team earned their second win of the year in the first game of a three-game set at Seattle. The Mavs dropped the next two in a doubleheader and returned from a road trip to Washington 2-9 on the year.
After the pitching staff surrendered an ERA over 10 to Washington State days earlier, Maverick pitchers rebounded to give up just 12 runs in the series with Seattle. UNO walked just 14 batters and struck out 17.
UNO hitters drove in eight runs, drew seven walks and had six extra base hits. Though the offense had enough to get one victory, the Mavs hit just .245 in the three games.
On Tuesday in game one of the series, senior pitcher Brandon Winkelmann (1-0) earned the victory in relief. Winkelmann pitched two innings, had four strikeouts and allowed one run.
Seattle took a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning, then senior catcher Colby McCord responded with UNO’s first home run of the year in the top of the sixth. McCord’s solo shot tied it 1-1.
The game remained tied until the top of the ninth. Sophomore Caleb Palensky drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Senior Mark Waldron got a hit to right center, driving in Palensky for a 2-1 lead.
Senior Cory Buckley reached base with an intentional walk and was driven in by Ryan Tomlinson’s RBI hit to left field. Buckley’s run to make it 3-1 was enough to hold off a Redhawks charge in the bottom of the ninth.
An RBI single from Seattle’s Nate Roberts made it 3-2, then Winkelmann struck out the next two looking. With two outs Winkelmann walked the next hitter to load the bases but got a fly out to end the game and earn the 3-2 win.
Wednesday, Seattle scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth and took a 2-0 lead in game one of the doubleheader. The Mavs tied it up the very next inning with two runs on three hits.
Junior Tyler Splichal reached base on a catcher’s interference call and advanced to third on a single by McCord. Palensky drove in Splichal with a sacrifice fly, then freshman Alex Mortensen scored Palensky with a single to tie the game 2-2.
UNO left the bases loaded in the seventh, then paid for it when the Redhawks led off the bottom of the ninth with a single and a double. A sacrifice fly scored the game-winner to give Seattle the 3-2 victory.
Senior pitcher Curtis Smith (0-1) was the losing pitcher.
Smith threw three and two-thirds innings, gave up two hits and recorded a strikeout. In game two, Seattle scored three in the second, one in the fourth, and two more in the seventh for a comfortable 7-0 lead.
In the eighth, McCord hit a two-run double to put the Mavs on the board, but UNO only got one more run the rest of the game.
Redshirt freshman Zach Williamsen (1-1) was the loser allowing four runs, three earned, over 2 and a third innings.