Mavs softball sweep North Dakota, Hinrichs snags both wins

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April 9th, 2015

UNO won their 19th and 20th games Wednesday night at Westside field at Westbrook. (Photo Courtesy Brandon McDermott)

UNO won their 19th and 20th games Wednesday night at Westside field at Westbrook. (Photo Courtesy Brandon McDermott)


Omaha, NE – The Mavericks softball team was fresh off an extra inning 7-6 thriller in game one of a double-header Tuesday against UMKC, however in game two things went a bit differently.

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The University of Nebraska at Omaha squad sank in game two 8-0 in five innings, before the mercy rule was called. Two games, two very different outcomes for UNO: an exhilarating victory and a miserable defeat.

Whatever it was that caused the Mavs issues late Tuesday, was erased early in game one Wednesday against North Dakota. UNO jumped out to an early 6-0 lead before winning 8-0 in a mercy rule game of their own, ending in five innings. In game two, UNO sprang to a 3-0 lead, then North Dakota came back to make it 4-3 in the top of the third. The Mavs came back in the bottom of the third to lead 7-4. North Dakota did cut it to 7-6, but freshman pitcher Jaylee Hinrichs came on in relief to boost UNO to victory. Hinrichs (11-8) earned both wins for UNO Wednesday. UNO head coach Jeanne Scarpello said her team bounced back Wednesday after a disappointing end to Tuesday.

“There are too many teams around the country that have 9-8 ballgames, or 14-13, and for us to not score anything for our pitchers was ridiculous,” Scarpello said. “We just went with that approach and I think today they kind of knew they were going to score some runs for the pitchers.”

UNO hit five homers in the two games Wednesday. Scarpello said the team is finding their groove.

“They really bought into having a team meeting of their own Monday, taking ownership of the program, taking ownership of themselves and making sure it’s a team first attitude the rest of this year,” Scarpello said.

Senior Kat Barrow injured her finger during action Tuesday, she did not pitch Wednesday for the Mavs. UNO may be holding the ace-pitcher out until the Nebraska game April 15.

“Kat’s finger has been bothering her, I just found that out last night,” Scarpello said. “With that we kind of wanted to save her, if we could rest her we knew we had a lot of these days off until the Nebraska game.”

The Mavs (20-20 Overall; 5-4 Summit) now have a week off before facing Nebraska at home. Then UNO has eight straight games on the road, including six Summit League games. Scarpello said her team has deserved a much needed rest.

“I think it’s good just mentally to get away from it too,” Scarpello said. “These kids have been stressing a little bit too much too, that been a little bit of our season. They have high expectation and we have high expectations as coaches. Things haven’t went as planned this season, but the thing is I know they care and I think the pressure keeps weighing on them more, to do more. So I am giving them Saturday and Sunday off to kind of get away from the game just a little bit.”

After the road trip UNO will return to Omaha for the final home series of 2015, against Western Illinois May 2 and 3.

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