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February 25, 2013

2013 Omaha Softball – Games #11, #12, #13, & #14 Recaps – Evansville and Jackson State

Filed under: Omaha Mavericks,Recaps,Softball — Jon Green @ 11:30 am

After rain changed the schedule around at the Jackson State Tournament Omaha only got four games. They did the best with the situation winning all four to move to 13-1 on the season.

Omaha 6, Evansville 5

Omaha might have felt it was going to be easy after a first innings where they had three hits and two runs but it was definitely not the case. Evansville rallied for two in the 2nd to tie it right back up. In the 2nd inning Omaha added two more, one by way of a Tonya Peterson home run. Evansville again answered right back as Kayla Wyatt was chased without getting an out in the 3rd having given up four runs on four hits and four walks. Omaha didn’t threaten in the 4th but scored two more in the 4th including the game-winning run on a Lindsay Redding RBI single. Evansville got one back in the 6th but left a runner on 2nd as Omaha got out of the inning. Omaha sent Evansville down 1-2-3 in the 7th to get the win.

Best hitting performance: Allie Mathewson went 3-4 with an RBI. She also stole a base for the Mavericks.

Pitching recap: Rough at times for Omaha. Kayla Wyatt went two innings but gave up four runs, four hits, and four walks. Ashton Hughes came in for the next 3.1 innings and gave up another run on three hits and walk. Finally Dana Elsasser came in and shut things down with only one hit allowed in 1.2 innings.

Omaha 5, Jackson State 0

Omaha got a run in the first inning on a Campbell Ditto homerun and one more in the 3rd after Allie Mathewson doubled and scored on a Amber Lutmer fly out. The game stayed tied though until the 7th when the Mavericks busted it open with three runs, two of those on a Molly Negrete double. Jackson State had runners on in four innings but never advanced a runner past second. The game ended when Omaha doubled off a Jackson State base runner on a throw from RF Lindsay Redding to 1B Amber Lutmer after a fly out.

Best hitting performance: I don’t know but I’ll suggest Tonya Peterson. She went 2-3 with an RBI and a walk.

Pitching recap: Dana Elsasser went the difference. Two hits and one hit batter all that Jackson State was able to do against her.

Omaha 9, Evansville 1 (6 innings)

Evansville actually took an early 1-0 lead in this one after the first inning. Omaha didn’t get their first hit until the 3rd when they loaded the bases with no outs. Omaha got only one run out of the inning. In the 4th the Mavericks broke it open with five runs headlined by a Amber Lutmer home run. Omaha added two in the 5th and one in the 6th to go up 9-1 and end this one after 6 innings. Dana Elsasser was fairly good as usual giving up six hits and a walk but only allowing a single run.

Best hitting performance: Amber Lutmer was pretty fantastic as she went 2-4 with two RBIs and a run. She had a HR on the afternoon.

Pitching recap: Dana Elsasser strong in six innings giving up six hits, a walk, and a hit batter and a single run. She struck out two.

Omaha 3, Evansville 2

Omaha scored first grabbing two runs in the 1st inning on an Amber Lutmer home run. The score stayed 2-0 until the 6th inning. In the 6th inning Omaha scored a third run after taking advantage of a few singles. It’s a good thing they got the insurance run though as Evansville would find success in the 7th. After the first two batters got on base Omaha got a double play to get within an out of getting out of the inning. Ashton Hughes and Dana Elsasser each walked a batter to load the bases. After an RBI single an error by Tonya Peterson left the door open as the bases were loaded again. Fortunately Dana Elsasser got the final out and Omaha got the 3-2 win.

Best hitting performance: Amber Lutmer went 1-2 with a walk, run, and home run. They list her as having one RBI, but it was a 2-run home run so I don’t understand that.

Pitching recap: Ashton Hughes got her first start and went 6.2 innings giving up the two runs on three hits and six walks. She struck out four. Dana Elsasser game in and walked a batter and gave up a hit but still was able to avoid giving up any more runs.

Upcoming opponent:
Omaha’s not supposed to head South next weekend, instead it’s west to Fort Collins, Colorado and the Colorado State Classic. The Mavericks are scheduled to play two games Friday morning, one game Saturday afternoon, and two games on Sunday. The current forecasted temperatures are 46 on Friday, 54 on Saturday and 55 on Sunday with no chance of precipitation! It’d be beautiful weather for an early season tournament.

Omaha’s supposed to face Bradley once, Brown twice, Colorado State once, and Washington once.

Bradley is 8-6 on the year including a 2-1 win over Arizona in Tempe on the opening weekend. They also have played Fort Wayne, splitting two games (winning 8-6 and losing 2-12). They faced IUPUI on Saturday winning 9-5. They have won five straight games now.

Brown will not have played a game before they face Omaha on Friday. One would think that would play to Omaha’s advantage. Brown was 10-27 last year.

Colorado State is 6-9 this year including a 17-16 nine inning win over Kansas City in New Mexico earlier this year. They went 0-5 last weekend.

Washington is 10-5 on the season and ranked #22 in the latest NCAA Top 25 poll. They beat #16 Georgia and #23 Florida State last weekend so they might move up a bit.

No doubt that Omaha will be tested a lot more next weekend than they have been so far this year. Brown would seem to be two winnable games so I think a winning 3-2 type weekend is still doable.


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