Five straight: Mavericks ride hot streak against South Dakota


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Jackson Taylor

The Omaha softball team improved to 28-22 (12-2 Summit League) with their weekend sweep of South Dakota. The Mavericks have now won five straight and nine of their last ten games.

Game 1: W 9-4

RHP Laura Roecker earned a complete game victory in game one against the Coyotes. The freshman improved to 14-10 on the season after allowing four runs on 10 hits while walking two and striking out four.

Kourtney Pock led the Omaha offense, going 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBI. Nicole Warren contributed with a 1-for-3 day at the plate, including a home run, two runs scored and four RBI. Lia Mancuso followed with a 1-for-2 performance and two RBI.

The Mavericks struck early with a run in the first inning when Pock brought Warren home on a sacrifice fly. South Dakota tied the game in the third and took the lead in the top of the fifth off three hits to make it 3-1. Omaha exploded with eight runs in their half of the fifth inning, starting with Pock’s three-run homer. Mancuso singled in two runners and Warren’s three-run home run made it 9-3. The Coyotes chipped a run in during the top of the seventh to make the final 9-4.

Game 2: W 11-3 (6 innings)

Junior RHP Abbie Clanton (11-9) picked up the complete game victory, allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits in six innings of work.

Tara Trede led the offensive effort going 2-for-3 with a double and a home run. The senior drove in a career-high five runs for the Mavericks. Lizzie Noble went 1-for-1 with a homerun and three RBI. Campbell Ditto, Sydney Hames and Mancuso each tallied an RBI. Pock broke a single game record by walking four times in the game and scoring three times.

Both teams were held scoreless until the bottom of the second inning when Pock and Bailey Schulenberg reach on walks to open the inning. Trede then cleared the bases with her first career home run, putting Omaha up 3-0.

South Dakota rallied for three runs in the top of the fourth inning, but was cut short by another three spot by the Mavericks in their half of the inning.

The Mavericks continued their offensive hot streak in the fifth and sixth innings, striking for five runs to end the game 11-3.

Game 3: W 6-4

Roecker earned her second win on the weekend in the finale on Sunday. The freshman pitched
another complete game, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits while striking out eight.

Pock finished with a 1-for-2 day with a solo home run and an RBI to lead the Maverick offense. Hames and Pattison contributed with multi-hit days at the plate. Hames went 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Pattison finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Omaha broke open the scoring in the third inning with Pock’s leadoff homerun, her eighth of the season. The Mavs would extend their lead to 2-0 in the fourth on Mancuso’s sac fly, and Noble drove in two in the fifth to make it 4-0.

South Dakota made it a one-run game in the top of the sixth when Katie Cochran hit a three-run homer to left field.

The Mavericks responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame on a string of hits from Pattison, Trede, Warren and Hames.

Omaha finishes the home portion of its schedule against Northern Iowa on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Westside Field.