Mavs softball sweep North Dakota, Hinrichs snags both wins
April 9th, 2015
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.[audio:https://kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/0609-final1.mp3]
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.
â€œThere 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,â€ Scarpello said. â€œWe just went with that approach and I think today they kind of knew they were going to score some runs for the pitchers.â€
UNO hit five homers in the two games Wednesday. Scarpello said the team is finding their groove.
â€œThey really bought into having a team meeting of their own Monday, taking ownership of the program, taking ownership of themselves and making sure itâ€™s a team first attitude the rest of this year,â€ 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.
â€œKatâ€™s finger has been bothering her, I just found that out last night,â€ Scarpello said. â€œWith 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.â€
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.
â€œI think itâ€™s good just mentally to get away from it too,â€ Scarpello said. â€œThese 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 havenâ€™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.â€
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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