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June 6, 2013

2013 Summit League Review–How did UNO stack up in their first year?

UNO, in just their 2nd year of D1 transition and first year playing in a conference had what has to be considered a fantastic season. UNO got solid, if not fantastic starts from their soccer teams and ended the year watching the baseball team win the school’s first Summit League title. Here’s a breakdown of how the school’s teams did throughout the year in comparison to other schools.

Fall Season

Type of Results Regular Season Regular Season Regular Season Championship Standings Championship Standings Average Finish
School Men’s Soccer Women’s Soccer Volleyball Men’s Cross Country Women’s Cross Country
Oakland 1st 1st T-3rd 4th 4th 2.6
South Dakota State N/A 5th T-5th 1st 3rd 3.5
North Dakota State N/A T-3rd T-5th T-6th 1st 3.75
Fort Wayne T-4th 2nd 2nd 8th 6th 4.4
South Dakota N/A 9th T-5th 2nd 2nd 4.5
IUPUI 6th 8th 1st 3rd 7th 5
Kansas City 2nd 6th T-3rd T-6th 9th 5.2
Western Illinois 3rd T-3rd 8th 5th 8th 5.4
Omaha T-4th 7th 9th N/A 5th 6.25

Winter Season

Type of Results Regular Season Regular Season Championship Standings Championship Standings Championship Standings Championship Standings Average Finish
School Men’s Basketball Women’s Basketball Men’s Swimming and Diving Women’s Swimming and Diving Men’s Indoor Track and Field Women’s Indoor Track and Field
South Dakota State T-1st 1st 2nd 4th 4th 5th 2.8
North Dakota State 3rd 7th N/A N/A 2nd 1st 3.25
IUPUI 9th 2nd 3rd 2nd N/A N/A 4
Omaha 6th T-5th N/A 3rd N/A 2nd 4
South Dakota T-7th 3rd 6th 5th 1st 3rd 4.2
Oakland 4th 9th 1st 1st 6th 6th 4.5
Western Illinois T-1st T-5th 5th 7th 5th 7th 5
Kansas City T-7th 8th N/A N/A 3rd 4th 5.5
Fort Wayne 5th 4th N/A N/A N/A 8th 5.7

Spring Season

Type of Results Regular Season Regular Season Regular Season Regular Season Championship Standings Championship Standings Championship Standings Championship Standings Average Finish
School Baseball Softball Men’s Tennis Women’s Tennis Men’s Golf Women’s Golf Men’s Outdoor T&F Women’s Outdoor T&F
NDSU 4th 1st N/A N/A 5th 1st 1st 1st 2.2
Kansas City N/A 5th 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 4th 5th 2.9
South Dakota N/A 4th N/A 4th 2nd 9th 2nd 2nd 3.8
SDSU 2nd 8th 2nd 3rd 3rd 7th 3rd 4th 4
Omaha 1st 2nd 6th 6th 8th 4th N/A 3rd 4.3
Fort Wayne 6th 3rd 3rd 1st 9th 8th N/A 8th 5.4
Western Illinois 5th 6th 4th 8th 4th 5th 5th 7th 5.5
Oakland 3rd 9th N/A 5th 6th 6th 6th 6th 5.9
IUPUI N/A 7th 5th 7th 7th 3rd 7th 9th 6.4

Overall Averages

School Fall  Average Fall Sports Winter Average Winter Sports Spring Average Spring Sports Total Sports Average Finish
NDSU 3.75 4 3.25 4 2.2 6 14 2.93
SDSU 3.5 4 2.8 6 4 8 18 3.5
South Dakota 4.5 4 4.2 6 3.8 6 16 4.13
Kansas City 5.2 5 5.5 4 2.9 7 16 4.25
Oakland 2.6 5 4.5 6 5.9 7 18 4.5
Omaha 6.25 4 4 4 4.3 7 15 4.73
Fort Wayne 4.4 5 5.7 3 5.4 7 15 5.13
Western Illinois 5.4 5 5 6 5.5 8 19 5.32
IUPUI 5 5 4 4 6.4 7 16 5.38

The tale of the tape is kind of interesting here. Knowing that Kansas City and Oakland won’t be around next year of the remaining seven schools you can see where the balance of power definitely is, the Dakotas. North Dakota State seems to be the premier program in the league right now with South Dakota State their closest competitor. It’s a bit of a further drop to South Dakota who was never spectacular as their best average was only 3.8 in the spring. they were however consistent with their worst average being only 4.5 in the fall.

Omaha has to feel fairly good about how their first year went. They were a bit off the pace in the fall as their 6.25 average was the 2nd worst of any school for any season (IUPUI had a 6.4 average in the spring) but they were much stronger in the winter and the spring as they got their season long average down to 4.73.

Historical Comparison

I wondered how UNO stacked up compared to the last few schools to move into the Summit. Now one thing to note here is that Fort Wayne began their transition in 2001, NDSU and SDSU began in 2004, and South Dakota began in 2008. None of the schools went through the kind of transition UNO is dealing with where they will spend 3 years competing in the Summit League while not being eligible for the postseason. All were able to build their programs much more before their first Summit competition. So how does UNO stack up in terms of average finish?

School Fall  Average Fall Sports Winter Average Winter Sports Spring Average Spring Sports Total Sports Average Finish
NDSU 2007-08 4.75 4 2.25 4 3.8 6 14 3.64
SDSU 2007-08 2.75 4 4.5 6 4.8 8 18 4.22
Omaha 2012-13 6.25 4 4 4 4.3 7 15 4.73
South Dakota 2011-12 6.25 4 4 6 5.3 6 16 5.06
Fort Wayne 2007-08 5.6 5 6 3 5.9 7 15 5.8

Few things of note… the Summit League was only 9 teams this year as opposed to 10 last year and 10 in 2007-08. Was that an advantage to Omaha? Probably slightly. But in that 2007-08 season there were only 7 returning members as three new members joined. So that was certainly an advantage for NDSU, SDSU and Fort Wayne.

NDSU had an amazing first year in the Summit and were extremely competitive. They stand out from the pack in this table. I think the case could be made though that Omaha’s season was the 2nd best of these five. Yes they were a half spot worse on average than SDSU five years ago, but that season for SDSU came in their last season of transition as opposed to Omaha’s second. I think this seems to show the future is very bright for UNO.

May 11, 2013

Campbell Ditto – Summit League Freshman of the Year

Filed under: Omaha Mavericks,Softball,Uncategorized — Jon Green @ 11:00 am

Campbell Ditto was named Summit League Freshman of the Year earlier this week and that got me thinking… what’s the expected career arc for a softball player named Freshman of the Year in the Summit? Do they go on to win a player of the year award? How many first team honors do they go on to earn?

Unfortunately the Summit League has tended to give a “Newcomer” of the Year award in the past, and thus for most season it’s hard to tell if a player given the award was a freshman or a transfer who may have had one great year as a transfer senior before graduating.

Still, I’ll present the data as we have it…
* indicates they were 1st-team All-League as a freshman
Newcomer of the Year era… 1993-2009
1993 Kerry Coudry, Illinois-Chicago –> 0 Times
*1995 Michelle Oswald, Northeastern Illinois –> 4 Times, 1996 Player Of Year
*1996 Nicole Terpstra, DePaul –> 4 Times, 1996 Pitcher of Year, 1997 Pitcher of Year, 1998 Pitcher of Year, 1999 Pitcher of Year,
1997 Julie Luna, DePaul –> 2 Times
*1998 Dana Jakusz, DePaul –> 1 Time
*1999 Christy Adamson, IUPUI –> 1 Time
*2000 Brandy Moser, IUPUI –> 3 Times
2001 Jaymie Voss, Oakland –> 1 Time
*2002 Lindsey Davis, Kansas City –> 2 Times, 2002 Pitcher of the Year
2003 Christie McFarland, IUPUI –> 0 Times
*2004 Micah Rhodes, Centenary –> 4 Times
*2005 Tiffany Burt, Southern Utah –> 2 Times, 2005 Player of the Year
2006 Emerald Doria, Centenary –> 1 Time
2007 Lauren Furgala, Western Illinois –> 0 Times
2008 Elisa Victa, North Dakota State –> 1 Time
2009 Jamie Goss, Western Illinois –> 2 Times

From 1993-1998 there was a Mid-Con East and a Mid-Con West, so the 1st-team was perhaps easier to make…
During this time 8 of the 16 winners were first team all-conference in their first year. They ended up being first team an average of 2.6 times in their career. Those were weren’t first team all-conference in their first year only made first team all conference an average of 0.8 times, none more then twice. So we see that players who started on the first team end up making it an average of 0.8 times more over the rest of their career. Campbell Ditto was 2nd team All-Summit for UNO.

Additionally only two future players/pitchers of the year were also newcomer of the year, both in the mid 90’s. No one was 2nd-team as a newcomer and went on to win player/pitcher of the year.

Since 2010 The Summit League has had a Freshman of the Year award. We only have 3 to judge off of so far…

Freshman of the Year
2010 Whitney Johnson, North Dakota State –> 2 Times, 2013 Pitcher of the Year
*2011 Ashleigh Bousquet, Fort Wayne –> 3 Times
*2012 Krista Menke, North Dakota State –> 1 Time, 2012 Pitcher of the Year

Whitney Johnson would be a career path Mavericks fans would be happy to see from Campbell Ditto. Johnson was a 2nd-team All-Summit selection as a freshman but was 1st-team as a sophomore and senior and was this year’s Pitcher of the Year while leading North Dakota State to a regular season conference title.

We haven’t seen the end of Bousquet or Menke’s career year. Bousquet is now a 3-time All-Summit selection and will probably make that four next year while Krista Menke fell behind Johnson this year only starting 15 games (four in conference). She will be the leader of the staff next year so don’t be surprised to see her make a lot of noise.

Also don’t fail to notice that the two teams playing for the conference title tomorrow are Fort Wayne and North Dakota State. Bousquet is 2-5 with 2 runs in the conference tournament while Johnson and Menke each have wins for North Dakota State.

Hopefully Campbell Ditto can follow the path of these recent Freshman of the Year and will even have a shot at the conference tournament when UNO is eligible in 2016.

BTW Here’s the previous freshman of the year from UNO and their future accomplishments. Again a * indicates they were 1st-Team All-League as a freshman.

*1992 Diahann Armstrong – 1 Time
*1994 Tracy Carey – 2 Time
*1997 Kelly Secord – 1 Time
*2000 Krista Unger – 3 Time
*2004 Cheris Kuster – 4 Time
*2008 Beth Haley – 3 Time

No guarantee of future success, though the last 3 for UNO have been absolutely fantastic with Unger 1st in school history in career wins, Haley 3rd in wins, and Unger 4th in school history in opposing batting average.

February 28, 2013

2013 Omaha Softball–Games #15-#19 Preview–Colorado State Classic

Filed under: Omaha Mavericks,Previews,Softball — Jon Green @ 11:00 am

Omaha’s not traveling south this weekend. Instead Omaha heads West to the Colorado State Classic where they’ll face Bradley, Brown (twice), Colorado State, and Washington. The Mavericks will play twice on Friday, once on Saturday, and twice on Sunday.

There are live stats this weekend! See the Colorado State Classic page for full information.

Omaha vs. Bradley

Matchup

Omaha Category Bradley
13-1 Record 8-6
.306 Batting Average .327
18 HRs 7
.516 Slugging % .456
.408 On Base % .399
21 Stolen Bases 19
5.93 Runs/Game 6.14
1.18 ERA 4.45
1.5 Runs Allowed/Game 5.14
5 Shutouts 1
4.64 Strikeouts/Game 4.50
.183 Opp. Batting Avg. .277
.975 Fielding % .928

Team Info
Bradley was picked to finish seventh in the MVC, the same place they finished last year after a 21-31 season. Bradley played Western Illinois last year losing 5-4. The Braves are led by pitcher Madeline Lynch-Crumrine who has been First-Team All-MVC the last two seasons. She’s been off to a somewhat rough start this year going 5-3 with a 2.95 ERA so far. With these teams matching up in the tournament opener I hope we get to see a matchup of her and Dana Elsasser. Their best hitter so far has been Alyson Clemente who is hitting .524 with two home runs and 16 RBIs. Clemente was named the MVC Player of the Week after she went 10-14 with nine runs and nine RBIs last weekend.

Previous Meetings
Omaha leads the all-time series 2-0. They faced Bradley in the 1989 Northern Iowa Tournament and the 1991 Northern Iowa Tournament.

Date Home/Away Result Score
4/15/1989 Neutral (Cedar Falls, Iowa) W 7-0
4/14/1991 Neutral (Cedar Falls, Iowa) W 3-2

Omaha vs. Brown

Matchup

Omaha Category Brown
13-1 Record N/A
.306 Batting Average N/A
18 HRs N/A
.516 Slugging % N/A
.408 On Base % N/A
21 Stolen Bases N/A
5.93 Runs/Game N/A
1.18 ERA N/A
1.5 Runs Allowed/Game N/A
5 Shutouts N/A
4.64 Strikeouts/Game N/A
.183 Opp. Batting Avg. N/A
.975 Fielding % N/A

Team Info
Hard to believe a team hasn’t their started their season yet but that’s the case for Brown. It’s not unusual for Ivy League schools though as only Dartmouth has gotten their seasons started before this upcoming weekend. Brown was 10-27 last year going 7-13 in the Ivy League. They did not face any Summit League opposition. Brown does boost last year’s Ivy co-player of the year, Stephanie Thompson. Thompson hit .477 last year, 2nd best in the country, and had nine home runs, and 27 RBIs. Thompson, a senior, is 2nd in school history in home runs, batting average, and doubles. Brown’s top returning pitcher is Jessica Cherness who went 7-12 last year with a 5.10 ERA.

Previous Meetings
Omaha leads the all-time series 1-0, winning the only game between the schools 12-0 in Orlando, Florida at the Rebel Spring Games in 1994.

Date Home/Away Result Score
3/25/1994 Neutral (Orlando, Florida) W 12-0

Omaha vs. Colorado State

Matchup

Omaha Category Colorado State
13-1 Record 6-9
.306 Batting Average .262
18 HRs 7
.516 Slugging % .382
.408 On Base % .345
21 Stolen Bases 6
5.93 Runs/Game 4.53
1.18 ERA 4.69
1.5 Runs Allowed/Game 6.4
5 Shutouts 0
4.64 Strikeouts/Game 4.93
.183 Opp. Batting Avg. .306
.975 Fielding % .921

Team Info
Colorado State may be 6-9 but they’ve already played some tough competition dropping a game to #23 Georgia 5-4 last weekend and losing 11-0 to #24 Oregon State later that day. They ended the weekend losing 4-2 to a Syracuse team getting some national attention so don’t let the six game losing streak fool you. On the other hand they lost 4-1 to an Oklahoma State team that Omaha’s beaten and had to go nine innings to beat Kansas City 17-16. The Rams were 28-22 last year going 8-4, tied for 2nd, in the Mountain West while Head Coach Jen Fisher was named coach of the year. They will lean on Kacie McCarthy, last year’s Mountain West Pitcher of the Year. McCarthy is 4-4 this year with a 3.54 ERA. Chelsea Biglow (.196 avg, eight RBIs), Ashlie Ortega (.365 avg, 14 RBIs), and Emily Pohl (.408 obp, three RBIs) are all returning First Team All-MWC selections. Omaha and Colorado State will be both team’s first game of Saturday so a McCarthy-Elsasser matchup could be in the cards.

Previous Meetings
Colorado State leads the all-time series 1-0 as they came to Omaha and beat the Mavericks 7-6 in 1981.

Date Home/Away Result Score
4/17/1981 Home L 6-7

Omaha vs. Washington

Matchup
*These Statistics do not include a game at Seattle on Wednesday night

Omaha Category #18 Washington
13-1 Record 10-5
.306 Batting Average .334
18 HRs 11
.516 Slugging % .478
.408 On Base % .430
21 Stolen Bases 14
5.93 Runs/Game 5.80
1.18 ERA 1.69
1.5 Runs Allowed/Game 1.87
5 Shutouts 4
4.64 Strikeouts/Game 6.73
.183 Opp. Batting Avg. .190
.975 Fielding % .971

Team Info
Washington won the National Championship in 2009 and came in 3rd in 2010. The last two years they have “only” made the Super Regionals going 39-19 last year and just 7-16 in a tough Pac 12 conference. They finished the year ranked 14th in the country and did not play any Summit League competition. They beat #23 Georgia last weekend 14-2! Washington was picked 4th in this year’s Pac-12 and has a couple of strong pitchers. Junior Kaitlin Inglesby was a First Team All Pac-12 selection last year and is 2-2 on the year with a 1.83 ERA. Junior pitcher Bryana Walker is 7-2 on the year with a 1.21 ERA and was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week after going 3-0 with a 0.43 ERA including a shutout of then #23 Florida State. The Huskies’ best batter has been Hooch Fagaly who is hitting .439 with 10 RBIs and 12 runs. Inglesby is not just a pitcher, she also is hitting .372 this year with 18 RBIs.

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

February 26, 2013

2013 Omaha Softball–Record Watch–February 26th

Filed under: Omaha Mavericks,Record Watch,Softball — Jon Green @ 11:00 am

Amber Lutmer’s three home runs this weekend moved her from 7th to 3rd on the school’s all-time home run charts. She now has has 29 career home runs. She passed Lauren McArthur who had 28 from 2003-2006, Erin Drinnin who had 28 from 1999-2002, Katelyn Hinton who had 27 from 2009-2012 and Lindsey Slocum who had 27 from 2007-2011.

Tony Peterson was hit by two pitches this weekend raising her career total to 16, 5th place in school history. Peterson passed Brianna Cataudella who had 15 from 2005 to 2008.

Amber Lutmer hit a sacrifice fly against Jackson State, the 6th of her career. She’s now in 3rd place all-time, tied with Kelsey Warming who had six from 2004-2005.

Dana Elsasser saved two games this weekend giving her four for her career. She passed Kelly Secord who had 3 from 1997-98 and is now tied with the following players who had four in their career: Melissa Negrete (2007-10), Lindsey Slocum (2007-11), Beth Wedige (1987-89), Erin Drinnin (1999-02), Michelle Manthei (1998-01), Denise Peterson (1993-96), Tracy Carey (1994-95).

Dana Elssaser finished two games this weekend bringing her career total to seven. That’s tied for 9th most all-time with Krista Unger who had seven from 2000-03. Elsasser passed Allysa Fligg who had six in 2008.

Amber Lutmer had her 200th career fielding chances in the final game of the weekend. Through 200 chances her career fielding percentage is .990, the 6th best mark in school history. She made her 2nd career error in the first game of the weekend vs. Evansville.

Tonya Peterson was hit by two pitches this weekend and moved into 6th place in most times hit by a pitch in a single season with seven. She passed Julia Krejci in 2010, Amber Lutmer in 2011, and Kellyn Kramolisch in 2007 who all had been hit six times. Laura Adams in 1998 and Sarah Scheppers in 2002 are the other players who have been hit seven times in a season.

Dana Elsasser lowered her season ERA from 0.76 to 0.57 this weekend and crossed the 50 IP mark. That qualifies it for the school records where it’d be the best ERA for a season in school history, Krista Unger currently holds the school record with a 0.76 ERA in 2001.

Dana Elsasser is also on the lowest batting average against chart after reaching 50 IP. She’s allowed a .167 batting average, 2nd best in school history behind Krista Unger’s .134 in 2001.

Dana Elsasser is on the fewest walks allowed/7 inning game chart after crossing the 50 IP mark. She has allowed 0.69 walks/seven innings this year placing her 3rd on the all-time charts.

Omaha improved their slugging percentage from .508 to .516, moving them from 5th place in school history to 3rd. They passed the 2010 team (.512) and the 1989 team (.515) in the process.

Career Statistics
Most Home Runs
1. – 44 – Svoboda,Leslie – 2005-08
2. – 30 – Nicole Vos – 2002-05
3. – 29 – Amber Lutmer – 2011-13
4. – 28 – Lauren McArthur – 2003-06
– 28 – Erin Drinnin – 1999-02
6. – 27 – Hinton, Katelyn – 2009-12
– 27 – Lindsey Slocum – 2007-11
8. – 24 – Hukill,Alli – 2008-11
9. – 21 – Holly Voss – 1994-97
10.- 19 – Tracy Carey – 1994-95

Most times hit by pitch
1. – 22 – Jones, Tiffany – 1999-02
2. – 20 – Kelli Davis – 1997-00
3. – 17 – Sarah Scheppers – 2001-04
– 17 – Svoboda,Leslie – 2005-08
5. – 16 – Tonya Peterson – 2012-13
6. – 15 – Brianna Cataudella – 2005-08
7. – 14 – Kellyn Kramolisch – 2004-07
8. – 13 – Treightin Yates – 2007-10
9. – 11 – Julia Krejci – 2007-10
– 11 – Diahann Armstrong – 1992-93
– 11 – Wright, Emma – 2009-12
12.-10 – Amber Lutmer – 2011-13
– 10 – Jenni Riva – 1997-98
– 10 – Laura Adams – 1995-98

Most Sacrifice Flies
1. – 9 – Lindsey Slocum – 2007-11
2. – 7 – Jones, Tiffany – 1999-02
3. – 6 – Kelsey Warning – 2004-05
    – 6 – Amber Lutmer – 2011-13
5. – 5 – Treightin Yates – 2007-10
– 5 – Sara Sortino – 2004-07
– 5 – Hinton, Katelyn – 2009-12
8. – 4 – Meneely,Kristi – 2009-10
– 4 – Lauren McArthur – 2003-06
– 4 – Lynch, Ashley – 2008-12
– 4 – Kristin Wellwood – 2007-10
– 4 – Jenny Redlinger – 1998-01
– 4 – Jenifer McDowell – 2007-08
– 4 – Julia Krejci – 2007-10
– 4 – Shilo Jorgensen – 2003-06
– 4 – Erin Drinnin – 1999-02
– 4 – Svoboda,Leslie – 2005-08

Lowest earned run avg. (minimum 100 IP)
1. – 0.93 – Amy Boyd (654.0 IP) – 1990-93
2. – 0.99 – Deb Hensley (531.0 IP) – 1984-86
3. – 0.99 – Dana Elsasser (283.0 IP) – 2011-13
4. – 1.09 – Jenny Pullen (444.1 IP) – 1982-83,85
5. – 1.18 – Sheila Cech (368.2 IP) – 1984-85,87
6. – 1.23 – Amy Pick (656.2 IP) – 1990-93
7. – 1.25 – Krista Unger (858.1 IP) – 2000-03
8. – 1.30 – Michelle Manthei (767.1 IP) – 1998-01
9. – 1.32 – Carla Fitzpatrick (185.2 IP) – 1979
10.- 1.42 – Tara Buzzell (374.1 IP) – 1997-99

Lowest opponent batting avg. (minimum 100 IP)
1. – .188 – Taren Kirk (356.0 IP) – 2004-07
2. – .189 – Dana Elsasser (283.0 IP) – 2011-13
3. – .201 – Cayte Billman (177.1 IP) – 2005-06
4. – .208 – Cheris Kuster (648.2 IP) – 2004-07
5. – .214 – Lindsey Slocum (444.2 IP) – 2007-11
6. – .218 – Haley,Beth (662.2 IP) – 2008-11
7. – .224 – Negrete,Melissa (565.1 IP) – 2007-10
8. – .230 – Jenny Pritchard (259.1 IP) – 2004-05
9. – .231 – Kat Barrow (136.2 IP) – 2012-13
10.- .241 – Emily Adkins (154.0 IP) – 2002-03

Fewest walks allowed/7 inn game (minimum 100 IP)
1. – 0.67 – Tara Buzzell (374.1 IP) – 1997-99
2. – 0.83 – Tracy Carey (386.1 IP) – 1994-95
3. – 0.95 – Jenny Pullen (444.1 IP) – 1982-83,85
4. – 0.96 – Lindsey Slocum (444.2 IP) – 2007-11
5. – 1.00 – Kelly Secord (321.1 IP) – 1997-98
6. – 1.05 – Amy Boyd (654.0 IP) – 1990-93
7. – 1.09 – Michelle Manthei (767.1 IP) – 1998-01
8. – 1.21 – Dana Elsasser (283.0 IP) – 2011-13
9. – 1.33 – Krista Unger (858.1 IP) – 2000-03
10.- 1.40 – Amy Pick (656.2 IP) – 1990-93
11.- 1.43 – Kat Barrow (136.2 IP) – 2012-13

Most strikeouts/7 inn game (minimum 100 IP)
1. – 7.56 – Lindsey Slocum (444.2 IP) – 2007-11
2. – 7.53 – Cheris Kuster (648.2 IP) – 2004-07
3. – 6.72 – Taren Kirk (356.0 IP) – 2004-07
4. – 5.27 – Haley,Beth (662.2 IP) – 2008-11
5. – 4.94 – Jenny Pritchard (259.1 IP) – 2004-05
6. – 4.87 – Kat Barrow (136.2 IP) – 2012-13
7. – 4.80 – Michelle Manthei (767.1 IP) – 1998-01
8. – 4.70 – Dana Elsasser (283.0 IP) – 2011-13
9. – 4.67 – Deb Hensley (531.0 IP) – 1984-86
10.- 4.62 – Cayte Billman (177.1 IP) – 2005-06

Most saves
1. – 11 – Cheris Kuster – 2004-07
2. – 9 – Haley,Beth – 2008-11
3. – 8 – Krista Unger – 2000-03
4. – 7 – Amy Boyd – 1990-93
5. – 5 – Jenny Pritchard – 2004-05
6. – 4 – Dana Elsasser – 2011-13
– 4 – Negrete,Melissa – 2007-10
– 4 – Lindsey Slocum – 2007-11
– 4 – Beth Wedige – 1987-89
– 4 – Erin Drinnin – 1999-02
– 4 – Michelle Manthei – 1998-01
– 4 – Denise Peterson – 1993-96
– 4 – Tracy Carey – 1994-95

Most games finished
1. – 38 – Haley,Beth – 2008-11
2. – 20 – Cheris Kuster – 2004-07
3. – 19 – Negrete,Melissa – 2007-10
4. – 17 – Lindsey Slocum – 2007-11
5. – 14 – Taren Kirk – 2004-07
6. – 13 – Cayte Billman – 2005-06
7. – 12 – Jenny Pritchard – 2004-05
8. – 7 – Krista Unger – 2000-03
     – 7 – Dana Elsasser – 2011-13
10.- 6 – Fligg,Allysa – 2008
11.- 5 – Kat Barrow – 2012-13
– 5 – Ashton Hughes – 2012-13
13.- 2 – Kayla Wyatt – 2013

– 2 – Ashley Schmidt – 2003

Most combined shutouts
1. – 6 – Krista Unger – 2000-03
– 6 – Haley,Beth – 2008-11
3. – 5 – Emily Adkins – 2002-03
– 5 – Cheris Kuster – 2004-07
5. – 3 – Taren Kirk – 2004-07
– 3 – Carla Fitzpatrick – 1979
7. – 2 – Dana Elsasser – 2011-13
– 2 – Cayte Billman – 2005-06
– 2 – Lindsey Slocum – 2007-11
– 2 – Negrete,Melissa – 2007-10
– 2 – Fligg,Allysa – 2008
– 2 – Tari Manley – 1979-80
13.- 1 – Kat Barrow – 2012-13
    – 1 – Kara Unger – 2003-04
    – 1 – Kayla Wyatt – 2013

Most intentional walks allowed
1. – 21 – Haley,Beth – 2008-11
2. – 16 – Krista Unger – 2000-03
3. – 9 – Taren Kirk – 2004-07
– 9 – Ashley Schmidt – 2003
– 9 – Negrete,Melissa – 2007-10
– 9 – Cheris Kuster – 2004-07
7. – 8 – Lindsey Slocum – 2007-11
8. – 7 – Emily Adkins – 2002-03
9. – 2 – Jenny Pritchard – 2004-05
10.- 1 – Kat Barrow – 2012-13
– 1 – Fligg,Allysa – 2008
– 1 – Dana Elsasser – 2011-13

Most at bats against
1. – 2501 – Haley,Beth – 2008-11
2. – 2380 – Cheris Kuster – 2004-07
3. – 2121 – Negrete,Melissa – 2007-10
4. – 1665 – Lindsey Slocum – 2007-11
5. – 1407 – Krista Unger – 2000-03
6. – 1289 – Taren Kirk – 2004-07
7. – 1052 – Dana Elsasser – 2011-13
8. – 976 – Jenny Pritchard – 2004-05
9. – 764 – Michelle Manthei – 1998-01
10.- 633 – Cayte Billman – 2005-06
11.- 569 – Emily Adkins – 2002-03
12.- 519 – Kat Barrow – 2012-13

Most balks
1. – 5 – Kat Barrow – 2012-13

2. – 3 – Negrete,Melissa – 2007-10
– 3 – Lindsey Slocum – 2007-11
4. – 2 – Cayte Billman – 2005-06
    – 2 – Ashton Hughes – 2012-13
6. – 1 – Krista Unger – 2000-03
– 1 – Cheris Kuster – 2004-07
– 1 – Haley,Beth – 2008-11
    – 1 – Dana Elsasser – 2011-13

Highest fielding pct. (minimum 200 chances)
1. – .996 – Jones, Tiffany (2093-105-9) – 1999-02
2. – .992 – Deb Baetsle (879-100-8) – 1993-94
3. – .991 – Beth Harris (200-29-2) – 2006-09
4. – .991 – Andrea Lockett (283-33-3) – 2003-04
5. – .990 – Meneely,Kristi (566-45-6) – 2009-10
6. – .990 – Amber Lutmer (197-1-2) – 2011-13
7. – .989 – Sarah Scheppers (897-124-11) – 2001-04
8. – .989 – Holly Voss (1365-104-17) – 1994-97
9. – .988 – Tracy Carey (19-229-3) – 1994-95
10.- .988 – Amanda Lehotak (527-124-8) – 2002-03

Most double plays turned
1. – 22 – Kellyn Kramolisch – 2004-07
2. – 21 – Treightin Yates – 2007-10
– 21 – Lauren McArthur – 2003-06
4. – 18 – Svoboda,Leslie – 2005-08
5. – 17 – Kristin Wellwood – 2007-10
– 17 – Nicole Vos – 2002-05
– 17 – Wright, Emma – 2009-12
8. – 15 – Lynch, Ashley – 2008-12
9. – 14 – Brooke Wagner – 2006-07
    – 14 – Molly Negrete – 2010-13

Season Statistics
Most times hit by pitch
1. – 12 – Kelli Davis – 1999
2. – 10 – Jenni Riva – 1998
3. – 9 – Tonya Peterson – 2012
4. – 8 – Diahann Armstrong – 1993
– 8 – Jones, Tiffany – 2001
6. – 7 – Laura Adams – 1998
– 7 – Sarah Scheppers – 2002
    – 7 – Tonya Peterson – 2013
9. – 6 – Julia Krejci – 2010
– 6 – Amber Lutmer – 2011
– 6 – Kellyn Kramolisch – 2007

Lowest earned run avg. (minimum 50 IP)
1. – 0.57 – Dana Elsasser (61.0 IP) – 2013

2. – 0.76 – Krista Unger (165.0 IP) – 2001
3. – 0.79 – Jenny Pullen (98.0 IP) – 1985
4. – 0.80 – Amy Boyd (140.2 IP) – 1992
5. – 0.81 – Michelle Manthei (215.2 IP) – 2001
6. – 0.84 – Deb Hensley (159.0 IP) – 1985
7. – 0.87 – Amy Pick (145.0 IP) – 1992
8. – 0.89 – Sheila Cech (126.0 IP) – 1985
9. – 0.92 – Amy Boyd (145.0 IP) – 1990
10.- 0.92 – Amy Boyd (166.2 IP) – 1993

Lowest opponent batting avg. (minimum 50 IP)
1. – .134 – Krista Unger (165.0 IP) – 2001
2. – .167 – Dana Elsasser (61.0 IP) – 2013
3. – .174 – Taren Kirk (79.2 IP) – 2004
4. – .182 – Cheris Kuster (190.2 IP) – 2004
5. – .183 – Taren Kirk (51.2 IP) – 2007
6. – .187 – Cheris Kuster (145.1 IP) – 2006
7. – .187 – Taren Kirk (168.2 IP) – 2006
8. – .188 – Cayte Billman (96.0 IP) – 2006
9. – .190 – Michelle Manthei (215.2 IP) – 2001
10.- .193 – Haley,Beth (191.1 IP) – 2011

Fewest walks allowed/7 inn game (minimum 50 IP)
1. – 0.55 – Tara Buzzell (139.1 IP) – 1997
2. – 0.64 – Lindsey Slocum (130.2 IP) – 2009
3. – 0.69 – Dana Elsasser (61.0 IP) – 2013
4. – 0.71 – Tara Buzzell (147.0 IP) – 1999
5. – 0.80 – Tara Buzzell (88.0 IP) – 1998
6. – 0.82 – Tracy Carey (214.0 IP) – 1994
7. – 0.82 – Amy Pick (170.1 IP) – 1993
8. – 0.83 – Amy Boyd (201.2 IP) – 1991
9. – 0.85 – Tracy Carey (172.1 IP) – 1995
10. – 0.86 – Michelle Manthei (212.1 IP) – 2000
– 0.86 – Jenny Pullen (98.0 IP) – 1985

Highest slugging pct.
1. – .525 (1362 AB) – 2003
2. – .516 (1772 AB) – 1994
3. – .516 (372 AB) – 2013
4. – .515 (794 AB) – 1989
5. – .512 (1745 AB) – 2010
6. – .484 (1480 AB) – 2002
7. – .462 (1631 AB) – 2006
8. – .460 (1560 AB) – 1997
9. – .451 (1564 AB) – 2008
10.-.435 (1518 AB) – 2011

Highest on base pct.
1. – .445 (794 AB) – 1989
2. – .419 (1772 AB) – 1994
3. – .408 (372 AB) – 2013
4. – .404 (1362 AB) – 2003
5. – .403 (1480 AB) – 2002
6. – .402 (1745 AB) – 2010
7. – .388 (1546 AB) – 1999
8. – .386 (1560 AB) – 1997
9. – .384 (1564 AB) – 2008
10.- .382 (1635 AB) – 2001

Lowest earned run avg.
1. – 0.82 (403.0 IP) – 2001
2. – 0.84 (383.0 IP) – 1985
3. – 0.84 (299.0 IP) – 1992
4. – 1.05 (366.2 IP) – 2002
5. – 1.11 (367.0 IP) – 1993
6. – 1.16 (399.0 IP) – 1991
7. – 1.17 (161.1 IP) – 1984
8. – 1.18 (410.0 IP) – 2006
9. – 1.18 (95.0 IP) – 2013
10.- 1.26 (205.2 IP) – 1982

Lowest opponent batting avg.
1. – .167 (403.0 IP) – 2001
2. – .183 (95.0 IP) – 2013
3. – .187 (410.0 IP) – 2006
4. – .192 (403.0 IP) – 2004
5. – .193 (399.1 IP) – 2011
6. – .202 (366.2 IP) – 2002
7. – .214 (283.0 IP) – 2012
8. – .221 (428.1 IP) – 2009
9. – .227 (378.2 IP) – 2007
10.- .227 (411.0 IP) – 2005

Highest fielding pct.
1. – .981 (1100-584-32) – 2002
2. – .975 (285-149-11) – 2013
3. – .975 (1206-441-42) – 2004
4. – .972 (987-495-43) – 2003
5. – .971 (1230-549-53) – 2006
6. – .971 (1209-560-53) – 2001
7. – .969 (1253-524-57) – 1996
8. – .967 (1313-699-68) – 2000
9. – .965 (1134-517-60) – 2007
10.- .964 (1043-416-54) – 1993

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.

February 22, 2013

2013 Omaha Softball–Games #11-#15 Preview –Jackson State Tournament

Filed under: Omaha Mavericks,Previews,Softball — Jon Green @ 10:00 am

Omaha will travel down to Mississippi this weekend as they play five games at the Jackson State Tournament in Jackson, Mississippi. Unlike last weekend though Omaha won’t be facing four opponents. They won’t even play three like they did the opening weekend. No, this weekend they will face just two, the host Jackson State (twice) and Evansville (three times). There will be no live stats available, so just hope they do well and wait for final scores to trickle out. Check UNOSoftball on Twitter and Facebook; whenever the scores are known they’ll be updated there.

Omaha faces Evansville at 3 PM Friday, 11 AM Saturday, and 11 AM Sunday. They’ll face Jackson State at 5 PM Friday and 4 PM Saturday. With the struggles that these two programs have had this year I don’t think Omaha will be satisfied with anything less than a 5-0 weekend!

Omaha vs. Evansville

Matchup

Omaha Category Evansville
9-1 Record 0-5
.295 Batting Average .171
14 HRs 1
.508 Slugging % .220
.405 On Base % .226
12 Stolen Bases 2
6 Runs/Game 1.8
1.13 ERA 8.59
1.3 Runs Allowed/Game 6
4 Shutouts 0
4.6 Strikeouts/Game 3.2
.179 Opp. Batting Avg. .339
.985 Fielding % .952

Team Info
Evansville’s top starter is… Annie Moore? Moore leads the team with 10 innings and three starts but she has a 9.90 ERA and has given up 16 hits and 12 runs in those innings. Batters are hitting .340 against her. Taylor Perry has pitched 7.2 innings in four relief appearances this year. Batters are only hitting .267 against Perry. Evansville’s best batters have been Halie Malone (4-8 on the year having started three games), Kendall Kautz (4-14 on the year with 2 RBI) and Kayla Fortner (4-14 on the year with four RBI and their only HR). The team has not looked good so far but four of the five losses last week were to “name programs”, Virginia Tech and Troy. Evansville was 18-37 last year, 8-19 in the MVC. They lost 4-3 to Kansas City last year as well as being swept 8-2 and 3-0 by Western Illinois. Those were their only Summit League matchups. The Aces are picked ninth in this year’s MVC.

Previous Meetings
Omaha leads the all-time series 1-0. The only previous matchup was at the Southern Illinois Tournament in Edwardsville, Illinois in late March 1989. Omaha won 9-1 in that matchup.

Date Home/Away Result Score
3/31/1989 Neutral (Edwardsville, Illinois) W 9-1

Omaha vs. Jackson State

Matchup
Note that these statistics for Jackson State are from only the first seven games

Omaha Category Jackson State
9-1 Record 4-10
.295 Batting Average .255
14 HRs 0
.508 Slugging % .333
.405 On Base % .335
12 Stolen Bases 9
6 Runs/Game 2
1.13 ERA 5.50
1.3 Runs Allowed/Game 6.3
4 Shutouts 1
4.6 Strikeouts/Game 2.7
.179 Opp. Batting Avg. .253
.985 Fielding % .984

Team Info
Jackson State top starter as of a few weeks ago was Breea Jamerson, 1-4 on the year with a 4.10 era. Their top batter was Jasmine Warren who was 8-20 with two RBIs. The Tigers were 32-27 last year going 12-4 in the SWAC and finishing 2nd in the Eastern Division. They went on to finish as runners-up in the conference tournament. They didn’t face any Summit League members last year. Jackson State just split a pair of games with NAIA Belhaven on Tuesday by scores of 3-4 and 6-5.

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

February 18, 2013

2013 Omaha Softball–Games #8, #9, & #10 Recaps – Oklahoma State, Iowa, and Dayton

Filed under: Omaha Mavericks,Recaps,Softball — Jon Green @ 10:13 pm

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 1, Oklahoma State 0 (8 innings)

Omaha got their first win over a BCS-level opponent beating Big XII Oklahoma State on Saturday 1-0. Omaha’s first win over the Big XII didn’t come easy as Omaha didn’t have a hit until the 6th inning. Dana Elsasser kept them in it though as she only gave up one hit and walked no one in her eight innings. Omaha got the win when Allie Mathewson doubled home Mara Eeman in the 8th. Eeman had started the inning on 2nd base per extra inning rules.

Best hitting performance: Since Omaha had just two hits and only one of them scored a runner I think it’s safe to give this to Allie Mathewson. She also got a walk during the game.

Pitching recap: Dominant Dana Elsasser was on display Saturday as we pitched eight scoreless innings only giving up one hit. She struck out eight.

Iowa 2, Omaha 1

Omaha’s winning streak came to an end as Iowa took a 2-0 lead in the first inning and held on for a 2-1 win. Dana Elsasser pitched again for the Mavericks and was a little less effective giving up nine hits and a walk. Elsasser gave up a two-out double in the first to plate both runs. Omaha left runners at 1st in each of the first four innings and stranded Allie Mathewson on third during that first inning. Omaha loaded the bases with one out in the 7th inning but could only plate one run as Lindsay Redding and Campbell Ditto couldn’t get a hit.

Best hitting performance: Allie Mathewson gets it again as she went 2-3 with the lone RBI and a double. She also added a walk.

Pitching recap: Dana Elsasser pitched all six innings giving up nine this and a walk and the two runs. She struckout three.

Omaha 4, Dayton 0

Omaha got their 4th win of the season on Sunday against Dayton but it was a lot closer than that score would indicate. It was still 0-0 in the middle of the 6th before Omaha finally started plating runners. Campbell Ditto led off with a double and Molly Negrete tripled her home. Mara Eeman and Allie Mathewson added RBI singles, Mathewson’s scoring two runs and Omaha left runners on 2nd and 3rd at the end of the inning. Dana Elsasser didn’t make them worry at all as she went the distance only allowing two hits and two walks.

Best hitting performance: For the sake of variance how about Molly Negrete who went 1-3 but scored a run, had an RBI, and hit a triple.

Pitching recap: Dana Elsasser with another great performance. The two hits and two walks in seven innings showing her dominance. Only struck out three but now 6-1 on the season.

Upcoming opponent:
Omaha’s got a slightly simpler weekend ahead as they’ll face Jackson State and Evansville in Jackson, Mississippi at the Jackson State Tournament. Evansville, who Omaha will face three times, is 0-5 while Jackson State, who Omaha will face twice, is 3-8 with the wins over Southeast Missouri State, Central Arkansas, and Lamar. They will face Belhaven twice on Tuesday before hosting the games this weekend.

With how Omaha is playing I don’t think they’ll be satisfied with anything less than 5-0 next weekend.

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.

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

February 13, 2013

Omaha Picks Up Some Honors in Softball and Track and Field

Filed under: Softball,The Summit League,Track and Field — Jon Green @ 1:00 pm

Omaha had a successful weekend in several sports and they received a couple of honors early in the week. First of all Dana Elsasser was named Summit League Pitcher of the Week by the Summit League. Elsasser was 3-0 on the weekend and had a seven-inning, one-hit, shutout over Iona to start things off. For the weekend she had 10 strikeouts while giving up just five hits and two runs in 18 innings. More info can be found on TheSummitLeague.org and Omavs.com

Sami Spenner won the Summit League Track & Field Woman Athlete of the Week award for her outstanding performance this weekend at the Iowa State Classic. Spenner set a school record in the long jump with a jump of 6.23m, winning the event. She also won the triple jump with a distance of 12.76m, a personal best. Spenner seems to be a contender for several Summit League titles as both of those marks are the best in the Summit League this season. This was the 5th time Spenner has won the award this year, a new league record for a single season. More info can be found on TheSummitLeague.org and Omavs.com.

February 12, 2013

2013 Omaha Softball–Games #3, #4 & #5 Recaps–Iona and Detroit (2)

Filed under: Omaha Mavericks,Recaps,Softball — Jon Green @ 1:18 am

Omaha is off to a blazing 5-0 start after beating Iona on Saturday and Detroit once on Saturday and once on Sunday.

The Mavericks got Allie Mathewson’s third lead-off home run in three games in the first game to take a 1-0 lead in the first inning. They added eight more in the 3rd inning keyed by a Allie Mathewson three-run home run. It was her 4th Hr of the season. Later in the game Molly Negrete had a two run HR in the 4th and Amber Lutmer hit a grand slam in the 5th inning. Omaha ended up winning 16-0 in five innings.

In the 2nd game of the day Omaha found them behind for the first time this season after giving up the 1st run of the game in the 1st inning. Omaha would take the lead in the 3rd on a three-run Amber Lutmer home run. That would be enough damage to win the game but they got a two-run home run from Ashton Hughes later in the game and went on to win 7-3.

On Sunday Omaha took the 1-0 lead in the 1st inning after Campbell Ditto homered for the Mavericks. Detroit touched Dana Elsasser up for two runs in the 5th inning, her first runs allowed of the year. Omaha responded right away in the bottom of the 5th as an Amber Lutmer three-run home run was the difference maker in a four run inning. Omaha shut down Detroit the rest of the way and go the 5-2 win to move to 5-0 on the year.

There were some fantastic performances by Omaha this weekend. Molly Negrete went 9-17 this weekend with five RBIs. Amber Lutmer hit four home runs and had 13 RBIs. Allie Mathewson had four home runs as well with six RBIs. Campbell Ditto hit two HRs and scored eight of Omaha’s 41 runs.

Defensively the Mavericks held their opponents to just six runs and 16 hits. The Mavericks had two shutouts and Dana Elsasser pitched 18 innings giving up just two runs.  It’s as good a start as you can ever ask for.

Upcoming opponent:
Omaha is on the road again next weekend (of course). They’ll be traveling to Denton, Texas, just north of Dallas, for the North Texas Lovelace Invitational. Omaha will be facing Dayton (hasn’t played this year) twice, North Texas (3-2 this season), Oklahoma State (2-2 this season), and Iowa (3-2 this season).

The first game will be against Dayton 11:30 AM on Friday and the 2nd game is vs. North Texas at 7 PM that night.

February 9, 2013

2013 Omaha Softball–Games #1 & #2 Recaps–Iona and UNC Wilmington

Filed under: Omaha Mavericks,Recaps,Softball — Jon Green @ 5:45 am

Omaha got off to a great start to the season by winning both of their games on the opening day of the UNCW Beach Blast.

In the first game of the day Dana Elsasser pitched a one hit shutout for the Mavericks and with the first at bat of the season Allie Mathewson provided all the offense Omaha needed with a lead-off HR. That wouldn’t be the only run of course as Omaha would add one more in the 1st and five in the 5th to get the 7-0 win. Lindsay Redding went 2-4 while Molly Negrete went 3-3 with two RBIs.

For Elsasser it was the least hits she’s allowed in any of her 37 career starts. For the Mavericks it was their first one hit shutout since they beat Central Missouri 1-0 on May 6, 2011 in the MIAA Tournament.

In the second game of the day Allie Mathewson once again had a lead-off home run, this time in the top half of the first. Once again UNO made it 2-0 in the 1st and led 3-0 before UNC Wilmington got on the board in the 3rd. Omaha took a 5-1 lead in the 4th inning and added one more in the 6th en route to a 6-2 victory. Omaha was led by Campbell Ditto who went 2-4 with 2 RBIs as she hit both a triple and a homer.

Kat Barrow was on the mound for Omaha and while she wasn’t as fantastic as Elsasser she did have nine strikeouts and allowed just the two runs.

Omaha will be back in action early on Saturday as they take on Iona against at 8 AM and then Detroit at 10:30 AM. Both of those times Central. Detroit played twice on Friday losing to Iona 11-3 and to UNC Wilmington 8-0. If that is any indication UNO definitely looks good enough to win these games.

Current consecutive games with a hit for the Mavericks in 2013:
Allie Mathewson – 2
Lindsay Redding – 2
Campbell Ditto – 2
Molly Negrete – 2
Tara Trede – 2
Mara Eeman – 1

April 13, 2009

D2 Softball – Conference Title Watch – 4/14

Filed under: College Sports,D2,Softball — Jon Green @ 11:37 pm

Well Conference Carolinas got rained out on Monday… but they’ll play other games on Tuesday.  A few other conferences will be involved too.

Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Eastern Division

Kutzown can clinch a share of the Eastern Division title tomorrow by splitting with East Stroudsburg, while a sweep would lock up the Division outright.  Shippensburg hosts Millersville and must split to retain any chance of winning a share of the title and sweep to retain any hope of winning the conference title outright.

Lone Star Conference

Cameron will travel to Central Oklahoma in a really big two game set, while Southeastern Oklahoma State travels to Southwestern Oklahoma.  While no result in the first matchup alone will eliminate either team, if Southeastern Oklahoma State is able to sweep their set, Central Oklahoma would be eliminated if they are swept.  Cameron would be eliminated if they lose either game and Southeastern Oklahoma sweeps.

Conference Carolinas

Well Limestone and St. Andrwe’s have already figured out when to play their series, on Wednesday, but Queens (N.C.) and Lees-McRae are still working on figuring theirs out.  Queens needs to play the game to have a chance at the conference title, and we’re going to assume they’ll find a way to play it (probably on Wednesday) until we hear otherwise.

Mount Olive is your clubhouse leader having finished the season at 11-5.  Two teams are left on the course, and both need to reach 14-6 to win the title over Mount Olive.

Queens (N.C.) must win all 4 remaining games to have a shot at the conferencce title, and on Tuesday they have to play two at St. Andrew’s.  If they lose either game, they are out.

Limestone needs to win 2 games to knock Mount Olive off the top and clinch a share of the conference title.  They can do that by sweeping Lees-McRae on the road Tuesday.

Mount Olive now needs to see the following happen to stay in the lead and win the conference:

  • See Queens (N.C.) go 3-1 or worse
  • See Limestone go 1-3 or worse

If either of those don’t happen, they will be eliminated.

D2 Softball – 4/14

Filed under: College Sports,D2,Softball — Jon Green @ 11:03 pm

April 13th Review

East Region

(#7) Bloomfield @ (#5) New York Institute of TechnologyCACC GOTW – Bloomfield wins 4-1, loses 0-8 (5) (More info here)

I suppose the split favors Bloomfield who was able to pick up a nice win on the road…

(#9) Dominican (N.Y.) @ (#8) Queens (N.Y.) – Dominican (N.Y.) wins 11-0 (6), 18-3 (More info here)

Dominican (N.Y.) has to have the advantage on that 8th spot now right?

New Haven @ Merrimack – Merrimack wins 7-5, loses 1-5 (More info here)

New Haven remains a game back of Merrimack by getting the split in the 2nd game.

Southeast Region

(#1) North Georgia @ (#4) Georgia College – Game of the Day – Postponed until April 14th

North Georgia has already won the conference, but this is still a possible preview of the Conference Final and a great match-up.

(#3) Lenoir-Rhyne @ Mars Hill – Postponed until April 17th

Lenoir-Rhyne and Mars Hill’s conference records appear to be flipped at first, as Mars Hill was up 2 games going into this week.  We’ll see what happens on the field.

April 14th Preview

Atlantic Region

(#2) Kutztown @ (#7) East Stroudsburg

East Stroudsburg is looking to pick up a couple wins here to try and move up the regional rankings. Kutztown can clinch the East Division.

East Region

(#6) Southern Connecticut State @ Assumption

Assumption is pretty much toast after a week that left them at 5-5, but Southern Connecticut State is still in it 2 games back.  Need to get these wins though.

Midwest Region

(#1) Ferris State @ (#8) Grand Valley State

Ferris State is poised to make a move on 1st, only a game out, but faces a tough road test at Grand Valley State who is only 3 games back.

South Region

(#3) Valdosta State @ (#4) West Florida

Valdosta State controls their own destiny now, but they could lose that chance if West Florida could spring the upset here.

Delta State @ (#9) Arkansas-Monticello

Arkansas-Monticello is tied with Delta State for the lead right now, this match-up will do a lot to determine who ends on top.

South Central Region

(#10) Cameron @ Central Oklahoma

Cameron and Central Oklahoma are fighting to see who can challenge Southeastern Oklahoma for the North Division Title.

Southeast Region

(#1) North Georgia @ (#4) Georgia College – Game of the Day

North Georgia has already won the conference, but this is still a possible preview of the Conference Final and a great match-up.

D2 Softball – Conference Title Watch – 4/12

Filed under: College Sports,D2,Softball — Jon Green @ 6:53 am

Conference Carolinas could be decided today! Read on to find out how….

Conference Carolinas

Mount Olive is your clubhouse leader having finished the season at 11-5.  Two teams are left on the course, and both need to reach 14-6 to win the title over Mount Olive.

Queens (N.C.) must win all 4 remaining games to have a shot at the conferencce title, and today they have to play two at Lees-McRae.  If they lose either game, they are out.

Limestone needs to win 2 games to knock Mount Olive off the top and clinch a share of the conference title.  They can do that by sweeping St. Andrew’s today at home.

Mount Olive now needs to see the following happen to stay in the lead and win the conference:

  • See Queens (N.C.) go 3-1 or worse
  • See Limestone go 1-3 or worse

If either of those don’t happen, they will be eliminated.

D2 Softball – 4/13

Filed under: College Sports,D2,Softball — Jon Green @ 6:43 am

April 11th/12th Review

Atlantic Region

Bowie State @ Elizabeth City State – Bowie State wins 14-2, 14-4 (More info here)

Bowie State is definitely the best team in the East, and it looks like they will fight Fayetteville State for the postseason berth.

(#7) East Stroudsburg @ (#4) California (Pa.) – California (Pa.) wins 8-2, loses 6-7 (More info here)

East Stroudsburg will be helped by the win over California (Pa.) who has only lost 5 games all year.

(#1) Lock Haven @ (#10) Indiana (Pa.) – Lock Haven wins 9-0, 8-0 (More info here)

Indiana (Pa.) is probably in big trouble now sitting 7 games back and with a season record of 16-16.  Lock Haven gets a needed sweep to keep pace with Bloomsburg at 11-1.

East Region

New Haven @ Merrimack – Postponed until April 13th

New Haven is a game back of Merrimack and both are right at the top of the standings.  Great series here.

(#2) C.W. Post @ Southern New Hampshire – C.W. Post wins 6-2, 5-2 (More info here)

Southern New Hampshire loses a chance to get a nice out of conference win, for C.W. Post this was really a no-win situation… but they took care of business.

Midwest Region

(#3) Ashland @ (#7) Saginaw Valley State  – GLIAC GOTW – Saginaw Valley State wins 2-1, loses 5-6 (More info here)

Sagniaw Valley State missed a chance to extend their lead over Ashland and Ferris State takes advantage by moving within a game.

Quincy @ (#10) Kentucky Wesleyan – Quincy wins 3-1, 3-0

Quincy keeps pace, but Kentucky Wesleyan has to be off the rankings… right?  Quincy gets over .500 (20-19) with the sweep.

(#9) Northern Kentucky @ (#4) Missouri-St. Louis – GLVC GOTW – Missouri-St. Louis wins 2-0, 2-0 (More info here)

Missouri-St. Louis does what was expected and hold serve at the top of the standings.

South Region

(#1) Alabama Huntsville @ (#3) Valdosta State – GSC GOTW – Game of the Day- Valdosta State wins 4-2, loses 4-9 (More info here)

Alabama-Huntsville has now lost twice in a week, doubling their losses on the year.  And now they sit with one more loss than Valdosta State and no longer control their own destiny.

South Central Region

Tarleton State @ (#3) Abilene Christian – Ablene Christian wins 5-4 (More info here)

Abilene Christian moves back into a tie with Angelo State at the top of the South Division.

(#6) Midwestern State @ (#2) Southeastern Oklahoma State – LSC GOTW – Midwestern State wins 4-2 (10), loses 1-2 (More info here)

The win could be big for Midwestern State’s regional ranking, but in conference it means Southeastern Oklahoma State still only leads Cameron and Central Oklahoma by 1 game.

(#7) Central Missouri @ (#5) Missouri Western – MIAA GOTW – Central Missouri wins 4-0, 9-1 (More info here)

Well MIAA, the team to beat is Central Missouri who is now 10-0 on the year and only 8 wins from a perfect regular season.  They still have to go to Emporia State and host Nebraska-Omaha though, so this is far from over. Missouri Western will also stay in the thick of things at 8-2.

Southeast Region

(#5) Newberry @ (#10) Carson Newman – Carson-Newman wins 4-1, 7-2 (More info here)

Carson-Newman got a much needed sweep here which might help their regional ranking.

West Region

(#3) Cal State Stanislaus @ (#1) Humboldt State – Cal State Stanislaus wins 13-7, loses 0-5 (More info here)

Humboldt State will take the 3-1 series win, while Cal State Stanislaus really needed a better result falling to 12-12 in conference.

Western Oregon @ (#7) Montana State-Billings – Montana State Billings wins 5-2, loses 2-7.

Western Oregon is stil toast, but it was nice for them to get a victory here.

April 13th Preview

East Region

(#7) Bloomfield @ (#5) New York Institute of Technology – April 13th CACC GOTW

Both of these teams would love a regional boost before heading back to conference play, we’ll see if either one can do it.

(#9) Dominican (N.Y.) @ (#8) Queens (N.Y.) – April 13th

This is a battle for the final spot in the East, we’ll see who might have the edge going into the final weeks.

New Haven @ Merrimack

New Haven is a game back of Merrimack and both are right at the top of the standings.  Great series here.

Southeast Region

(#1) North Georgia @ (#4) Georgia College – Game of the Day

North Georgia has already won the conference, but this is still a possible preview of the Conference Final and a great matchup.

(#3) Lenoir-Rhyne @ Mars Hill – April 13th

Lenoir-Rhyne and Mars Hill’s conference records appear to be flipped at first, as Mars Hill was up 2 games going into this week.  We’ll see what happens on the field.


April 12, 2009

D2 Softball – Conference Title Watch – 4/12

Filed under: College Sports,D2,Softball — Jon Green @ 8:03 am

Did we see our first conference title clinched on Saturday?  Read on to find out…  We’ll preview Monday’s important games in Conference Carolinas later today.

Lone Star Conference

Southeastern Oklahoma State knocked off Midwestern State in the 2nd game of their doubleheader, knocking Midwestern State out of contention and narrowing the LSC race to 3 teams.  April 14th could be the day for Southeastern Oklahoma State when they could clinch a share of the title depending on how the games between Cameron and Central Oklahoma play out.

Conference Carolinas

Mount Olive is your clubhouse leader having finished the season at 11-5.  Two teams are left on the course, and all need to reach 14-6 to win the title over Mount Olive.

Queens (N.C.) split with Anderson (S.C.) on Saturday. Queens must now win all 4 of their remaining games to have a chance to win the conference title.

Both Queens (N.C.) and Limestone will be back in action on Monday April 13th.

Mount Olive now needs to see the following happen to stay in the lead and win the conference:

  • See Queens (N.C.) go 3-1 or worse
  • See Limestone go 1-3 or worse

If any of those don’t happen, they will be eliminated.

Peach Belt Conference

North Georgia is the first team in the country to clinch a conference title as they clinched the conference title on Saturday by sweeping Georgia Southwestern. (More info here)

D2 Softball and Baseball – 4/12

Filed under: Baseball,College Sports,D2,Softball — Jon Green @ 7:34 am

Well considering there is only one Softball game I’ve got my eye on today and 2 baseball games, it’s a lot easier to just cover these all in one post… we’ll recap the 11th and 12th together.

Baseball

Northern Kentucky @ Indianapolis

Rockhurst @ (#22) Southern Indiana – GLVC GOTW

These two series began yesterday and will finish today.  We’ll just cover the entire series in the recap tomorrow.

Here was the previews for the series.

Rockhurst is just a .5 game back of Southern Indiana in the West.  This is a big series to see who the top team in the Division is.

Indianapolis has a chance to pull away from a Northern Kentucky team who is 3 games behind them.

Softball

(#9) Northern Kentucky @ (#4) Missouri-St. Louis – GLVC GOTW

This game was originally scheduled for Friday, and here’s the preview that was written then.

Missouri-St. Louis is alone at the top. Northern Kentucky is a surprise regionaly ranked team to me who doesn’t seem to have much going on.  If they do want to make the tourney they need to move up and this would be a good chance for a big win.

April 11, 2009

D2 Softball – 4/11

Filed under: College Sports,D2,Softball — Jon Green @ 5:10 am

4/10 Preview

Atlantic Region

Virginia State @ Fayetteville State –  CIAA GOTW – Fayetteville State wins 3-2, 1-0 (More info here)

Fayetteville State appears to be the class of the CIAA and is now 13-1 in conference.

(#6) West Chester @ (#7) East Stroudsburg – East Sroudsburg wins 5-4 (8), loses 5-8 (More info here)

East Stroudsburg maintains their one game lead on West Chester for the 3rd spot in the East.

East Region

Pace @ (#6) Southern Connecticut State – Southern Connecticut State wins 5-4 (10), loses 3-4 (More info here)

Southern Connecticut State would have preferred a sweep, but this split keeps them around in NE-10 play.

American International @ Southern New Hampshire – American International wins 3-2, 4-3 (More info here)

Southern New Hampshire really dropped the ball here and is probably too far back now.  American International’s sweep brings them closer, but I think they are still too far back.

Midwest Region

(#3) Ashland @ (#2) Wayne State (Mich.) – Ashland wins 1-0, 5-4 (More info here and here)

Ashland now is in 2nd in the GLIAC and has put a big statement up about who should be the #2 team in the region.

(#9) Northern Kentucky @ (#4) Missouri-St. Louis –  GLVC GOTW – Postponed until April 12th

South Region

(#1) Alabama Huntsville @ (#4) West Florida – Game of the Day – West Florida wins 4-3 (11), loses 0-2 (More info here)

The first game was 1-1 going into the 11th, lots of drama! Unfortunately the split leaves West Florida 4 games behind Alabama Huntsville meaning they don’t really have a shot at catching them, but the win has to give them some confidence heading towards the postseason.

(#8) Tampa @ (#6) Rollins –  SSC GOTW – Tampa wins 9-7, loses 1-2 (8) (More info here)

Tampa ended up losing this series, something they really couldn’t afford to do considering Rollin’s lack of conference success before this series, and is now a game out at the top.

(#5) Nova Southeastern @ (#10) Barry – Nova Southeastern wins 6-4, 6-4 (More info here)

Nova Southeastern’s series win leaves them only 1.5 games out, while Barry falls to 3.5 games out.

South Central Region

Tarleton State @ (#3) Abilene Christian – Abilene Christian wins 12-10, 4-1 (More info here)

Abilene Christian pushes the gap with West Texas A&M to 3.5 games and it appears to be Abilene and Angelo State for the title.  Angelo is currently .5 games up.

Southeast Region

(#5) Newberry @ (#10) Carson Newman – Postponed until Saturday

West Region

(#3) Cal State Stanislaus @ (#1) Humboldt State – CCAA GOTW – Humboldt State wins 6-3, 7-6 (More info here)

Humboldt State gets a big sweep here to rebound off a tough week.

Western Oregon @ (#7) Montana State-Billings – Montana State-Billings wins 2-1, 4-2 (More info here)

Montana State-Billings is now up 5.5 games on Western Oregon.

4/11 Preview

Atlantic Region

Bowie State @ Elizabeth City State

Bowie State appears to be the best team in the Eastern Division, but Elizabeth City State is only 2.5 games out and might have something to say about that.

(#7) East Stroudsburg @ (#4) California (Pa.)

This won’t count for conference standings, but East Stroudsburg is in need of big wins to help their regional ranking and California (Pa.) would sure be a big one.

(#1) Lock Haven @ (#10) Indiana (Pa.)

This matchup in the Central sees Lock Haven risk their Central Division lead against an Indian (Pa.) team who is desperate for a big win to try to climb back into the playoff picture.

East Region

New Haven @ Merrimack

New Haven is a game back of Merrimack and both are right at the top of the standings.  Great series here.

(#2) C.W. Post @ Southern New Hampshire

It’s a non-conference series, but Southern New Hampshire gets a great team in for a chance to get a marquee win.

Midwest Region

(#3) Ashland @ (#7) Saginaw Valley State  – GLIAC GOTW

Sagniaw Valley State is sitting pretty at the top and now has a 2 game lead on Ashland and Ferris State.  They could really put Ashland in some trouble with a sweep here.  On the other hand, Ashland can tie things up with a sweep.

Quincy @ (#10) Kentucky Wesleyan

Quincy is only .5 games back, but they face a road trip to a Kentucky Wesleyan team who is 11th in the GLVC and 10th in the region…. what?!

South Region

(#1) Alabama Huntsville @ (#3) Valdosta State – GSC GOTW – Game of the Day

Alabama-Huntsville picked up a rare loss and now enters this series tied with Valdosta State… This series will probably determine the East Division winner, and with how these two teams have played, I think Alabama-Huntsville will need to sweep them, I think a split favors Valdosta State.

South Central Region

Tarleton State @ (#3) Abilene Christian

Tarleton State is as good as toast 4.5 games out, but Abilene Christian really needs this one only a .5 game back.

(#6) Midwestern State @ (#2) Southeastern Oklahoma State – LSC GOTW

Midwestern State is a full 5 games back now, but it’s still a challenge for a Southeastern Oklahoma State team who is only 1 game clear at the top.

(#7) Central Missouri @ (#5) Missouri Western – MIAA GOTW

Central Missouri and Missouri Western, one of these two will finally pick up their first conference loss… maybe both.  Great match up.  Emporia State and Nebraska-Omaha are probably rooting for a split so they can stay 1 game back in the loss column of both teams.

Southeast Region

(#5) Newberry @ (#10) Carson Newman

Newberry is right in the thick of things as far as the conference title goes, but Carson-Newman is middling at 5-5.  They really need to get some big wins to try and move into the top 8, and this is a great chance for them here today.

West Region

(#3) Cal State Stanislaus @ (#1) Humboldt State

Humboldt State looks to be back in form and are in good shape.  Cal State Stanislaus needs to try and improve their conference record, which is much worse than their regional ranking would lead you to imagine.

Western Oregon @ (#7) Montana State-Billings

Western Oregon is basically toast, but Montana State-Billings needs to keep winning to keep Central Washington at bay.

April 10, 2009

D2 Softball – Conference Title Watch – 4/10

Filed under: College Sports,D2,Softball — Jon Green @ 3:02 am

No one was able to clinch a Conference or Divisional Title on Thursday, but we might see one on Friday…

Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference’s Eastern Division

Kutztown and Shippensburg split on Thursday, so Kutztown was unable to clinch the Eastern Divisional Title.  These two teams are off from conference play until Tuesday April 14th.  On that date Kutztown will again have a chance to clinch the East Divisional Title when they play at East Stroudsburg.  Shippensburg will also play that day at home, hosting Millersville.

Conference Carolinas

Mount Olive is your clubhouse leader having finished the season at 11-5.  Three teams are left on the course, and all need to reach 14-6 to win the title over Mount Olive.

Pfeiffer swept Belmont Abbey on Thursday.  Pfeiffer now will host Anderson (S.C.) (3-9 in conference) on Friday.  If they win both games, they will knock Mount Olive off the top spot and become the new clubhouse leader.  If they lose either game they will be eliminated from conference title contention.

Queens (N.C.) swept Barton on Thursday meaning they are still in contention for the conference title.  They will play again on April 11th.

Limestone swept Anderson (S.C.) on Thursday.  Limestone continues to control their own destiny and gets to take the next step tomorrow when they travel to Erksine.  They must go 4-2 in the final 6 games to clinch a share of the conference and title and 5-1 to clinch the conference title outright.

Mount Olive now needs to see the following happen to stay in the lead and win the conference:

  • See Pfeiffer go 1-1 or worse
  • See Queens (N.C.) go 4-2 or worse
  • See Limestone go 2-4 or worse

If any of those don’t happen, they will be eliminated.

So after tomorrow we’ll be down to 3 contenders.  Pfeiffer or Mount Olive, who will it be?  Pfeiffer is definitely my pick to stick around.

Peach Belt Conference

Tomorrow could be the day for North Georgia as they travel to Georgia Southwestern for two games.  North Georgia is currently up 2 games on Georgia College and will clinch a share of the conference title with a split in this series, and the outright conference title with 2 wins.

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