UNO drops baseball game to Nebraska 4-1

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May 1st, 2014

Omaha, NE – The rain drizzled on and off Wednesday night at Werner Park in Bellevue as the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s baseball team took on Nebraska.

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The game was originally scheduled for a 6:30 start, but was delayed 45 minutes due to the inclement weather. The damp, dreary conditions made for a sloppy setting, but the teams were in prime shape.

The Husker and Maverick starters both came out strong. NU left-hander Kyle Kubat threw three innings, striking out three batters and allowing one hit. For UNO, Zach Williamson threw five strong innings also allowing only one hit. The Mavs struck first in the bottom of the 5th inning, after junior outfielder Daniel Jewett led off with a walk and later scored on Connor Messinger’s RBI single, to put UNO up 1-0.

UNO shortstop Caleb Palensky was 1-for-4 for the Mavericks Wednesday night. (Photo Courtesy UNO Athletics)

UNO shortstop Caleb Palensky was 1-for-4 for the Mavericks Wednesday night. (Photo Courtesy UNO Athletics)

However, Williamson was roughed up in the top of the 6th inning as the Huskers strung together two doubles and a single to snag the 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the inning.

Senior lefty pitcher Dylan Casey came on in relief of Williamson, pitching 0.2 IP, giving up no hits and striking out both batters he faced. Sophomore right-hander Zach Eden pitched the 7th for UNO, coming out of the bullpen to turn away the three Husker batters he faced, in order.

In the 7th, the Maverick offense put two runners on base but stranded both as they were unable to capitalize. The Mavericks stranded eight base-runners on the evening and garnered only six hits. Unable to muster any significant threat, the Mavs fell by the score of 4-1.

UNO (21-17 overall, 6-6 Summit League), the reigning regular season Summit League champions, have work to do if they want to replicate last year’s finish. The Mavs are in second place in the Summit (6-6), behind league leader Western Illinois (9-7), with three conference series left on the year. After losing four straight games, UNO travels to Brookings to take on South Dakota State for four games this weekend. Nebraska (29-17 overall, 10-5 Big Ten) has a home series with Penn State this weekend.

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