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February 14, 2013

2013 Omaha Softball–Games #6-#10 Preview –North Texas Lovelace Invitational

Filed under: Omaha Mavericks,Previews,Softball — Jon Green @ 2:00 pm

Omaha will travel down to Texas this weekend as they play five games as the North Texas Lovelace Invitational in Denton, Texas. The Mavericks will be facing Dayton twice along with single games against North Texas, Oklahoma State, and Iowa. Live Stats will be available here.

Omaha vs. Dayton

Matchup

Omaha Category Dayton
5-0 Record First Games
.348 Batting Average N/A
12 HRs N/A
.652 Slugging % N/A
.442 On Base % N/A
7 Stolen Bases N/A
8.2 Runs/Game N/A
1.27 ERA N/A
1.2 Runs Allowed/Game N/A
2 Shutouts N/A
4.8 Strikeouts/Game N/A
.147 Opp. Batting Avg. N/A
.981 Fielding % N/A

Team Info
Omaha will face Dayton in the 1st game on Friday and on Sunday. So Dana Elsasser will probably be pitching both games. Dayton plays once on Friday before the Omaha game, so Omaha will probably get their 2nd pitcher, junior Alysha Isaacson who went 5-10 last year with a 4.76 ERA and three complete games. On Sunday Dayton will probably throw sophomore pitcher Kayla English. English was 10-10 last year with a 2.55 ERA and 12 complete games. She gave up a team high 15 home runs. Their top returning batters are sophomore Natalie Mariano, an outfielder who was A-10 All-Rookie last year while hitting .309 with three home runs, Leah Sitter, a senior outfielder who hit .264 and had 16 stolen bases, and Kathleen Maloof a senior infielder who hit .294 last year a team high seven home runs, 17 RBIs, and seven doubles.

Dayton was 22-29 last year and split a pair of games with Summit League member IUPUI in April. They played Detroit twice last year going 1-1.

Previous Meetings
This is the first meeting between the two schools.

Omaha vs. North Texas

Matchup

Omaha Category North Texas
5-0 Record 3-2
.348 Batting Average .291
12 HRs 1
.652 Slugging % .400
.442 On Base % .419
7 Stolen Bases 7
8.2 Runs/Game 6.2
1.27 ERA 2.69
1.2 Runs Allowed/Game 4
2 Shutouts 0
4.8 Strikeouts/Game 4.2
.147 Opp. Batting Avg. .291
.981 Fielding % .961

Team Info
Omaha will face North Texas on Friday in what will be the 2nd game for both schools. Kat Barrow will probably go for UNO. North Texas started three pitchers last weekend but Brittany Simmons pitched the late game on both Friday and Saturday so we’ll assume she’s the one they’ll turn to. Simmons went 1-1 last weekend with a 0.75 ERA over 9.1 innings. Batters did hit .364 against her and she gave up nine runs, eight unearned. North Texas’ top batter was Jordan Terry who hit .400 with five RBIs. Lesley Hirsch and Taylor Schoblocher both hit .333 on the weekend as well.

Previous Meetings
This is the first meeting between the two schools.

Omaha vs. Oklahoma State

Matchup

Omaha Category Oklahoma State
5-0 Record 2-2
.348 Batting Average N/A
12 HRs 0
.652 Slugging % N/A
.442 On Base % N/A
7 Stolen Bases 2
8.2 Runs/Game 2.25
1.27 ERA N/A
1.2 Runs Allowed/Game 2
2 Shutouts 0
4.8 Strikeouts/Game 9
.147 Opp. Batting Avg. N/A
.981
Fielding % N/A

Team Info
First of all Oklahoma State hasn’t updated their stats on their website, so I just did the ones that were really easy to calculate from the box scores. Since the game will both team’s first of the game I expect the pitching matchup to be Dana Elsasser for Omaha vs. Kat Espinosa of Oklahoma State. Espinosa started both of the first games for the Cowgirls last weekend pitching just fiving innings in the opener, but with no hits allowed, and then pitching a seven inning one run game for them in her 2nd game. She had 12 strikeouts in her 12 innings pitched. Tarah Ettinger was Oklahoma State’s most dangerous batter going 7-10 in the last three games with three RBIs.

Previous Meetings
Omaha has faced Oklahoma State three times in the past, never since 1982 though. Omaha won the first matchup and lost the last two.

Date Home/Away Result Score
4/22/1977 Neutral (Norman, Oklahoma) W 4-2
3/25/1978 Neutral (Norman, Oklahoma) L 5-7
3/25/1982 Neutral (Bartlesville, Oklahoma) L 2-3 (8)

Omaha vs. Iowa

Matchup

Omaha Category Iowa
5-0 Record 3-2
.348 Batting Average .250
12 HRs 4
.652 Slugging % .359
.442 On Base % .322
7 Stolen Bases 1
8.2 Runs/Game 4.4
1.27 ERA 4.81
1.2 Runs Allowed/Game 6
2 Shutouts 2
4.8 Strikeouts/Game 3.4
.147 Opp. Batting Avg. .252
.981 Fielding % .929

Team Info
Omaha will be facing Iowa 2nd on Saturday while Iowa will be playing their first game of the day. That would seem to indicate Omaha’s Kat Barrow will face Kayla Massey of Iowa who pitched the first game of all three days last weekend for the Hawkeyes. Massey had an ERA of 5.25 last weekend as she gave up 17 runs in 18.2 innings against Lipscomb, Houston, and #11 Louisiana. Omaha will probably think they can touch her up as she allowed opponents to bat .244 against her. Johnnie Dowling was Iowa’s best batter at .389 on the weekend while Megan Blank had two HRs and eight RBIs to lead the team. Massey was a first-team all Big ten selection last year as was Blank.

Previous Meetings
Omaha’s media guide lists the series at 3-1 Iowa. Iowa’s media guide lists it as 2-1 Iowa. Iowa’s game notes list it at 2-0 Omaha (their media guide says 2-1 but only listed two separate 10-2 wins from 1981 with no dates). Omaha’s game notes have it at 1-1. The only two games I could find in Omaha’s media guide are listed below. I’m lead to believe the actual record is 1-1.

Date Home/Away Result Score
5/1/1981 Neutral (Ames, Iowa) L 2-10
5/2/1981 Neutral (Ames, Iowa) W 7-6
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