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February 16, 2013

2013 Omaha Softball–Games #6 & #7 Recaps – Dayton and North Texas

Filed under: Omaha Mavericks,Recaps,Softball — Jon Green @ 4:14 am

Omaha kept up their perfect start to the season with two more wins on Friday. Omaha beat Dayton 9-2 in a dominant performance in the Mavericks’ first game of the North Texas Lovelace Invitational. They followed it up with a narrow 4-3 win over North Texas Friday evening.

Omaha wins 9-2 vs. Dayton

Omaha opened up the weekend by scoring two runs in their first inning of the game. Omaha scored those runs on no hits and no errors as they were walked four times in the inning. The first run scored on a fielder’s choice, the first time this year Omaha has had a game-winning RBI come on anything other than a home-run. The Mavericks were up 6-0 after a 5th inning in which the Mavericks finally got the bats going with four hits. They added three more in the 7th as Allie Mathewson hit a HR and Campbell Ditto’s double led the way. Omaha’s two runs allowed weren’t until they were up 9-0 in the bottom of the 7th.

Molly Negrete, Ditto, and Tara Trade all extended their hitting streak to six games in the win. Negrete did so in a big way as she had her team-leading fourth game with multiple hits and team-leading third game with multiple RBIs.

Omaha was walked 12 times in the game, the 2nd most in recorded school history and most since the school record 13 against Missouri-St. Louis in 2011. Campbell Ditto led the Mavericks with a career high three walks while Amber Lutmer had two walks, her team-leading second time with 2+ walks.

Bailey Schulenberg had a pinch hit in the game, her first hit as a Maverick.

Best hitting performance: Allie Mathewson went 2-4 with a HR and 3 RBIs, all team highs. Mathewson also scored a run and walked. It was her team-leading second game with 5+ total bases and her team-leading 5th HR.

Pitching recap: Kat Barrow picked up her 3rd win as she went 6.1 innings giving up seven hits and two runs. She walked three and struck out four.

Omaha wins 4-3 @ North Texas

The Mavericks left one on in the 1st, two on in the 2nd, and then finally got going in the 3rd as an Amber Lutmer home run scored two for the Mavericks. It was the team-leading 4th time she’s had multiple RBIs in a game for Omaha this season and tied her with Allie Mathewson with five HRs. North Texas tied it right back up as they scored two runs, all after Omaha had gotten two outs to start the inning and committed an error to start the rally. The game remained tied at 2-2 until Omaha got a Campbell Ditto double to start the 6th inning. Ditto was the first batter to advance to base after Lutmer’s double in the 3rd. After a Molly Negrete single and a Tonya Peterson walk, Ashton Hughes drove Ditto in with a sacrifice fly. Mara Eeman drove in Negrete on a single and the Mavericks were three outs from the win.

Omaha got two outs around a double and then after a single scored that runner got a ground out to end the game and secure the 4-3 win. The 6th inning sacrifice fly was the latest in a game this year Omaha has gotten the game-winning RBI.

Molly Negrete and Campbell Ditto now have seven game hitting streaks to start the year.

Best hitting performance: Campbell Ditto went 2-2 and walked, reaching base in all three of her plate appearances. She scored two of Omaha’s four runs and her double in the 6th sparked Omaha’s two run inning the provided the winning run.

Pitching recap: Dana Elsasser went the distance to go to 4-0. She gave up seven hits but only one earned run and struckout four while walking no one. It was her team-leading 4th time pitching seven innings this year.

Upcoming opponent:
Omaha faces Oklahoma State at 9 AM on Saturday and then Iowa at 2 PM. In Oklahoma State’s first game of the tournament they lost to Iowa 3-1. They followed that up by beating North Texas 8-0 right before North Texas faced the Mavericks. Iowa is 2-0 after winning their opening game over Dayton 3-0.

It would seem that perhaps Iowa will be Omaha’s toughest opponent tomorrow but I think neither team is too tough for the Mavericks to beat.

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