UNO’s baseball team wins, Gruber shines

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May 14th, 2014

Omaha, NE – The University of Nebraska at Omaha baseball team played their final home game of the 2014 season Tuesday night.

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The game was added to the schedule this past weekend and arranged at Papillion’s Fricke Field. Stephen F. Austin was in town to play a game earlier in the day against Creighton, a game they lost 10-8. The Lumberjacks were 3-18 in their last 21 games leading up to the match up with UNO. the Mavs on the other hand are tied for first in the Summit League standings.

The game proved to be a mismatch – with the Mavs taking a commanding 6-3 lead in the bottom of the 5th inning. The Mavs went on to claim the 10-4 victory after garnering 15 hits. Head Coach Bob Herold praised his senior players.

“You’re seeing it,” Herold said. “They’ve stepped up and they are leading in spades right now, they’re doing a great job.”

Sophomore outfielder Cole Gruber was 4-for-5 was 4 RBIs against SFAU.

Sophomore outfielder Cole Gruber was 4-for-5 was 4 RBIs against SFAU (Photo Courtesy UNO Athletics).

Four Mavs had multi-hit games including sophomore outfielder Cole Gruber’s 4-for-5 and 4 runs batted in. Herold said the biggest difference in the game was his lead-off hitter.

“The big hit at the top of the lineup,” Herold said. “In other words Mr. Gruber was setting the tone for us by getting on base. Guys feed off that and so when Gruber can get on base we can cause some problems there.”

Joining Gruber with multiple hits for UNO, were outfielders Alex Schultz and Daniel Jewett and second-baseman Clayton Taylor. The Mavericks are winding down their season and have one final series this weekend against Western Illinois in Macomb, Ill. Herold said he is telling his team to focus on their game and not to get distracted.

“We need to play like this this weekend it’s important we don’t play the other team,” Herold said. “If we play the game we will be in pretty good shape, if we start playing against the other team we will get caught up in other things.”

If UNO (27-20 overall, 11-9 Summit) wins this weekend’s series against the Leathernecks they would claim a second straight regular season Summit League title.

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