OMAHA, Neb. – The Omaha softball team split its Summit League doubleheader with North Dakota State Saturday afternoon, winning 11-0 (6 innings) in the opener before falling 3-2 in the second game at Westside Field at Westbrook. The Mavericks capped the regular season with a record of 15-29 (6-8 Summit League), while the Bison finished at 24-30 (11-7 Summit League).
Omaha returns to action at the Summit League Softball Championship, May 10-13, in Fargo N.D. A full tournament bracket will be released at the conclusion of regular-season play on Sunday, May 7.
Game One – Omaha 11, North Dakota State 0 (6 innings)
Sophomore right-hander Laura Roecker (10-14) tossed a complete-game two-hitter to pick up the win. The loss went to KK Leddy (8-9), who have up 11 runs on 11 hits and six walks with two strikeouts.
Omaha erupted for six runs in the bottom of the third inning. UNO loaded the bases on two singles and a walk. Mancuso and Kinney then drew back-to-back walks to make the score 2-0. Two batters later, Pattison drove in two with a single and moved to second on an error. Klosterman followed with a double to left center to score two and make the score 6-0.
The Mavericks tacked on five more runs in the sixth inning. Freshman Hailey Bartz opened the inning with a single down the left field line and moved to second on junior Kylie Schwarting's infield hit. Mancuso reached on an infield single that allowed Bartz to score. Kinney then sent a 3-1 offering over the center field wall, bringing the tally to 11-0, which ended the game due to the run-rule.
Game Two – North Dakota State 3, Omaha 2
NDSU's Jacquelyn Sertic (16-21) earned the win, scattering four hits and allowing two runs and two walks with 14 strikeouts over seven innings. Senior Abbie Clanton (5-14) took the loss, surrendering three runs on four hits and four walks with two strikeouts in six innings.
The Bison opened to a 1-0 led in the top of the first inning thanks to a leadoff home run from Bre Beatty. NDSU made it 3-0 in the top of the third on a two-run homer off the bat of Tabby Heinz.
Omaha responded with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Noble reached on a one-out double to center and scored two batters later on a Kinney's double to left. Pinch runner freshman Kaitlynn Hunt moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Pattison to draw UNO within a run, 3-2.
Sertic then retired the side in the bottom of the seventh to preserve NDSU's win.