Swinging into season


Jackson Taylor
Sports Editor

Omaha softball has begun playing in fall league games in preparation for the 2015-16 season. The Mavericks played Bellevue University over the weekend, going 1-1.

Omaha is led by head coach Jeanne Scarpello, who is entering her 17th season as head coach. Scarpello is UNO’s all-time winningest coach, with a record of 632-204.

Although Omaha loses slugger Allie Matthewson, the Mavericks returning plenty of major pieces of their team. Junior outfielder/pitcher Lizzie Noble returns this year after hitting .294 with seven home runs and a program best 36 RBIs as a sophomore.

The Mavericks will also get one of their better pitchers back in Jaylee Hinrichs. Hinrichs posted a 12-14 record last year with a 3.72 ERA in 143 innings pitched. Omaha will play Iowa Western Community College in a doubleheader on Sunday, Sept. 27 at home. Omaha’s competition starts to pick up in early October when they play in two doubleheaders against Nebraska and Colorado State.

Omaha has played their home games at Westside Field at Westbrook since 2012. The four-year-old facility features bleacher seating, bullpens and hitting cages, just three miles from UNO’s campus.