UNO softball team shines on Senior Day

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April 28th, 2014

Omaha, NE — On a windy Saturday afternoon the University of Nebraska at Omaha softball team took on fellow Summit League opponent Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI).

The Mavericks were celebrating Senior Day, which honored ace-pitcher Dana Elsasser and first-baseman Amber Lutmer.

Senior First-baseman Amber Lutmer has 50 career home-runs, a UNO career record. (Photo Courtesy Brandon McDermott)

Senior first-baseman Amber Lutmer has 50 career home-runs, a UNO career record. (Photo Courtesy KVNO News)

The duo has proven to pack quite a punch this year for the Mavs. It was no different during the weekend series. Elsasser threw a one-hitter in game one of Friday’s double header. The Mavs won 8-0. UNO lost game two of the double-header 6-0 after IUPUI pitcher Jocelyn Oppenhuis threw a one-hitter striking out six. Elsasser then tossed a complete game Saturday for UNO, scattering six hits over seven innings, while striking out six and walking none. Head Coach Jeanne Scarpello called it a commanding performance.

“Just a dominate pitcher for us, over and over and over for us,” Scarpello said. “I was glad be able to have the fans see her throw. I keep telling every fan around here, you got to get out here to see her throw because it is coming down to the wire where you will not be able to see her throw again.”

Elsasser (24-7), the Hershey, Neb., native, leads the Summit this year in innings pitched (196.1), wins (24), complete games (28) and shutouts (10). She is 24-7 on the year with a 1.89 earned run average and has given up a .200 batting average to opposing hitters.

Senior ace-pitcher Dana Elsasser has a career record of 68-24. (Photo courtesy Brandon McDermott)

Senior ace-pitcher Dana Elsasser has a career record of 68-24. (Photo courtesy KVNO News)

Lutmer, who hails from Omaha, has a UNO career record for home-runs with 50 and a Summit leading 16 this year. She nearly snagged number 17 Saturday. However, the biting wind, which was driving straight to dead center, carried it just foul in left field. Lutmer has batted .352 for UNO while slugging a league leading .742 and was 1-for-2 with two walks on Saturday. Scarpello said it was a perfect game for the seniors.

“For Senior Day you always want them to go out and feel good because this day is about them,” Scarpello said. “It is hard because there is some emotion built in too and it’s hard to come out and perform your best that way. It was good to get it done and I know the players respect those two very much.”

UNO (30-16 overall, 9-6 Summit League) closes out the season with one final game, Wednesday, against Drake University. First pitch is set for 6pm at Westside Field at Westbrook, on 78th and Western in Omaha.

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