CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Omaha softball team dropped a pair of games at the Ramada-UNI Dome Classic on Saturday. The Mavericks fell 5-4 to Drake in the opener and 8-0 in six innings at the hands of Wisconsin.
The Mavericks are now 1-2 (0-0 Summit League) on the season. Omaha is scheduled to play Toledo at 10:15 a.m. and Northern Iowa at 2:45 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12.
Drake 5, Omaha 4 Redshirt freshman Vicky Kinney led the Mavericks offensively in the first game of the day, finishing 3-for-3 with a pair of homeruns and three RBI.
Kailee Smith (1-0) earned the win in the circle for Drake, allowing four runs on six hits and a walk with two strikeouts over 5.2 innings. Nicole Newman earned her first save of the year pitching the final 1.1 innings with a walk and three strikeouts. Senior right-hander Abbie Clanton (0-1) took the loss, surrendering five runs on one hit and four walks over 1.1 innings. Sophomore right-hander Laura Roecker pitched the final 4.2 innings allowing no runs on three hits and three walks with a strikeout.
Omaha got off to a fast start taking the lead in the top of the first inning. Freshman Emily Klosterman hit a one-out solo homerun to put Omaha ahead 1-0. The Mavericks made it 2-0 in the top of the second when Kinney launched a solo shot over the left field wall.
Drake did all of its damage in the bottom of the second. The Bulldogs loaded the bases with one out thanks to a pair of walks and a fielder’s choice. Ashlie Chambers plated the first run with a single and then DU made it 2-all on another walk. Following an Omaha pitching change, Drake took the lead as Kelsey Wright hit a sacrifice fly to center. Kennedy Frank sent a base-clearing double down the left field line to put the Bulldogs up 5-2.
Omaha rallied in the sixth to make it a one-run ballgame. Junior Kelly Pattison got on base with a two-out single to center. Kinney cleared the bases with a two-run shot over the left field wall that trimmed Drake’s lead to 5-4. That was all the Mavericks could muster as DU escaped with the win.
Wisconsin 8, Omaha 0 (6 innings) Seniors Lia Mancuso and Nicole Warren led the Mavericks at the plate in game two, finishing with one hit each.
Kaitlyn Menz (2-0) got the win for Wisconsin, limiting Omaha to two hits over four innings with one walk and four strikeouts. Kirsten Stevens pitched the final two innings to pick up the save, allowing one walk with two strikeouts. Clanton took the loss, allowing eight runs on nine hits and three walks while fanning two in 5.0 innings of work.
The Badgers put up eight runs on 10 hits in the game, led by a 4-for-4 effort by Brooke Wyderski, who drove in three runs as well.