Cougars sweep Mavs on road trip


By Jared Meyer, Contributor

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.

UNO and Washington State faced off four times and each time the Cougars came out on top.

Friday Washington State dropped the Mavs by scores of 13-4 and 12-6.  When the teams resumed play two days later, snow stopped the first game in the bottom of the fifth.

The teams resumed on Monday and the Cougars again swept another doubleheader, this time 7-1 and 5-3.  With the four losses, UNO drops to 1-7 and will stay on the road to play a three-game series with Seattle through March 1.

In the four matchups with Washington State, the Mavs hit just .267, left 29 runners on base and struck out 29 times.  The pitching staff surrendered a 10.13 ERA, walked 20 batters and struck out just 13.

The Cougars stole eight bases on UNO and hit .373 in the four games.

Friday sophomore Caleb Palensky led the way with a 5 for 8 performance in two games at the plate, and freshman Alex Mortensen drove in three runs.  Sophomore Beau Suponchick scored three times in the doubleheader.

In game one, Washington State jumped out to a five-run lead in the bottom of the first inning and had control throughout, winning 13-4.  By the time the Mavs got a run in the fourth inning it was 7-1.

Senior catcher Colby McCord was 4 for 5 with two doubles, a run scored and an RBI.  Suponchick had two hits and scored twice while senior Cory Buckley went 2 for 4 as the DH.

Junior starting pitcher Matt Tew (0-1) took the loss and had to be relieved in the five-run fist run inning.  

In game two, Palensky led UNO going a perfect 4 for 4 at the plate with a run scored.

Senior shortstop Brady Hohl added two hits with two RBI and sophomore designated hitter Ryan Tomlinson had one hit that brought two runs in.

Junior starting pitcher Steven Schoonover (0-1) pitched five and a third, giving up seven hits and seven runs.  The Mavs were even with the Cougars 2-2 until a three-run bottom of the fourth was followed by another run in the bottom of the fifth and four more in the bottom of the sixth.

UNO got four of their own to get within 10-6 in the seventh, but it was their last threat of the game.  Washington State added two in the eighth and won 12-6.

On Sunday, UNO and Washington State started their second doubleheader of the weekend, but the teams could only get five innings in as snow interrupted play.  Monday, the game was resumed with the Mavs already down 5-0 from the day before.

Washington State’s Derek Jones had a career day going 3 for 3 and almost completing the cycle with a double, triple and a home run.  UNO’s Tyler Splichal went 2 for 4 and was the only member of the Mavs to plate a run.  Buckley had two hits in the loss.

Senior starting pitcher Andrew Reck (0-2) took the loss, throwing four and two-thirds and giving up five runs and nine hits with three strikeouts.

In game two, Suponchick had a run scored and went 3 for 4 while senior Scotty Donner tripled, had two RBI and a run scored. Buckly (0-2) received the loss going six innings and giving up four runs and striking out three.