Perfect Game: Mavericks go 2-2 in second trip to Atlanta


Jackson Taylor

Omaha vs. Iowa: W 3-2

Senior RHP Tyler Fox (3-1) started on the mound for Omaha in their first of four game slate in Atlanta. Fox went 7.0 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and struck out eight Hawkeyes. 64 percent of Fox’s pitches were strikes and he only walked one batter.

The Omaha offense was led by senior catcher Colin Leif who went 2-for-3 from the plate with a single, triple and two RBIs. Sophomore Adam Caniglia also contributed with a 2-for-3 day at the plate and two runs scored.

Fox’s day got off to a rough start as he surrendered a two-run homerun to Iowa shortstop Nick Roscetti in the top of the first. After that it was smooth sailing for Fox. He would go on to give up just one more hit during his next six innings of work.

The Omaha offense had a tough time finding its groove in the early innings of the game. Iowa ace C.J. Eldred (1-1) kept the Mavericks off the board for the first four innings.

In the fifth, Omaha scratched into the Hawkeye lead. Caniglia and Riley Herold led things off with back to back singles before Leif placed a hard ground ball through the right side to make it 2-1.

Photo Courtesy of UNO Athletics
Photo Courtesy of UNO Athletics

The Mavericks struck again in the next inning when Cole Gruber started the inning off with a single. Clayton Taylor’s sacrifice bunt pushed the runner to second and Ryan Cate’s RBI single tied the game at 2-2.

Keeping the trend going, Omaha took the lead in the seventh with another run. Caniglia again led off with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Sam Palensky and then was knocked in by Leif’s RBI triple.

Cate came in to close the game for UNO in the ninth. The Hawkeyes put two runners on base with a one-out walk and a single, but a groundout and flyout secured the Maverick 3-2 comeback victory.

Omaha vs. Presbyterian: L 11-1

RHP David Flattery (0-1) started on the mound for Omaha in game 2. The junior went five innings and allowed six runs in the loss.

The Mavericks pushed a run across in the first when Taylor knocked in Alex Schultz on an RBI single. However, that would be all the scoring Omaha could muster.

Presbyterian rallied for their 11 runs between the third and eighth innings. Relief pitcher Skylar Sylvester entered the game for Flattery in the sixth, but had little luck against the Presbyterian offense. Omaha also made 2 errors in the afternoon game.

Omaha vs. Bowling Green: W 10-1

RHP Corey Binger (3-0) started on the mound for UNO, throwing a complete game. The sophomore gave up 1 run on 3 hits and struck out six.

Taylor led the Omaha offense going 2-for-5 with a single, a home run and four RBIs. Gruber and Herold each contributed two RBIs on the game.

The scoring started for Omaha in the top of the second inning, when Palensky drove in Jack Kalina on a single to right. Herold followed with a single of his own that brought in Palensky to make it 2-0. Bowling Green came back with their only run of the game in the bottom half of the inning.

The Mavericks then exploded for five runs in the fifth inning, aided by Taylor’s two-run home run to make it 7-1.

Omaha tacked on two runs in the sixth and one in the ninth to put the game out of reach.

Omaha vs. Seton Hall: L 2-1

Senior RHP Sam Murphy started the final game of Omaha’s four game trip in Atlanta. In his first start in over a year, Murphy looked strong through his five innings of work, allowing just two hits and striking out five.

Omaha struggled to get their offense going in the early innings as well, going hitless through four innings. Cole Patterson hit a double in the fifth to break up the no-hitter.

Murphy’s day was complete after the fifth inning when he reached a pitch count. RHP Brett Sasse came in relief in the sixth.

Omaha got a rally going in the seventh with a single from Taylor and a Caniglia HBP. Palensky then came through with a double down the right field line to put the Mavs up 1-0.

Sasse was lights out in the last half of the game, holding the Pirates scoreless from the sixth through ninth innings.

Seton Hall rallied in the ninth inning and scored two on a walk off single against Cate to win 2-1