The UNO baseball team competed in the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational over Spring Break, winning four games and dropping three while also playing in the longest game in Division I this season. The Mavs opened with an 8-3 loss to Army, rattled off four in a row defeating Chicago State 8-4, LIU-Brooklyn 3-2, Bucknell 13-1 and Bradley 4-3, then dropped their final two games 5-2 to Jacksonville State and 3-1 to Northwestern.
The bats came alive, the pitching came through and the first full weekend of Summit League competition ended with UNO sitting atop the conference. A double-header sweep of Fort Wayne on Friday and Oakland on Sunday left the Mavs 4-0 in the league, two games ahead of their closest competitor.
For the second week in a row, the UNO baseball team was only able to scratch out one win in a four game series and have now dropped to 11-25 on the season.
UNO's only home series of 2012 was set up to be the year's premier event. The Mavs had the chance to play in front of the home crowd at the new Werner Park, and the seniors were being honored in between games of a double header.
When the UNO baseball team went to Pullman, Wash. last weekend, the plan was to play baseball. Eventually that happened, but it came after four days, a snow delay and two doubleheaders.
After beating Creighton at TD Ameritrade last Tuesday, UNO ended the week with a victory at Iowa and then fell in a sweep at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne. Pitching and defense once again guided the way in a 3-1 win at Iowa City, but the Mavs were shut out in their first game against IPFW, lost a 6-3 decision on Saturday, then dropped 13-7 decision on Sunday.
Just because the UNO baseball team is the new team on the block doesn't mean they intend on easing their way into Division I baseball. In their second official year as a D-1 baseball team, and first as a full-time Summit League member, Head Coach Bob Herold wants to dive right in, especially when it comes to scheduling.
Two weeks after UNO ended North Dakota State's 16-game winning streak, the Mavs have yet to find their own winning ways and have lost eight of their last nine. In the middle of a stretch that includes 15 games on the road, the Mavs lost games last week 8-4 and 1-0 to Minnesota, then 4-1, 4-3 and 5-4 in 11 innings to future Summit League opponent Oakland.