Senior Lia Mancuso and the Omaha softball team wrap up the 2017 regular season with a three-game set against North...
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Omaha Closes Regular Season with North Dakota State

Omaha Athletics | May 03, 2017

Leading Off
After nine straight road games, Omaha softball returns home this weekend to close out the regular season, welcoming North Dakota State, May 5-6.  First pitch for Friday's single game is set for 5 p.m., while Saturday's doubleheader will start at 1 p.m.  Links to live stats will be available on OMavs.com.

Omaha's four seniors – Abbie Clanton, Lia Mancuso, Lizzie Noble and Nicole Warren – will be honored following Saturday's twin bill with Senior Day festivities.

Quick Hits
• Omaha is 13-28 (4-7 Summit League) overall after dropping a two-game set at IUPUI last Sunday.
• The Mavericks have played four teams receiving national votes this season.  In tournament play earlier this season, Omaha defeated No. 16 Utah but lost a doubleheader to No. 9/10 Oklahoma and a single game to No. 16/17 LSU.  UNO also fell 7-4 to #RV Missouri in April.
• Fifteen players have seen playing time for the Mavericks' this season, with eight players making their first career starts.
Lia Mancuso is hitting a Summit League-leading .346 entering the week and has a league-high 17 stolen bases, while Kinney has the team lead with six homers and 27 RBI.
• The 2017 season marks Omaha's second with full NCAA Division I postseason eligibility for the Summit League and NCAA Tournaments.
DJ Sanchez is in her first year leading the Omaha softball program.
• The Mavericks opened the year with 27 straight road games.
• UNO returns seven letter winners, including four position starters: Mancuso, senior Lizzie Noble, junior Kelly Pattison and senior Nicole Warren. Senior Abbie Clanton and sophomore Laura Roecker return to the circle this season for the Mavericks.
• Three All-Summit selections highlight the Mavericks' returning corps: Mancuso, Roecker and Warren.
• Omaha was picked second in the Summit League preseason Coaches' Poll.

Scouting the North Dakota State Bison
North Dakota State enters the series with a record of 23-28 (10-5 Summit League) and a five-game league win streak after sweeping South Dakota State last weekend.  Reigning Summit League Player of the Week Zoe Stavrou is hitting .286 with a team-high 30 RBI.  Jacquelyn Sertic earned her fourth Summit League Pitch of the Week award on Monday.  Sertic leads the league in wins (15) and strikeouts (283) and is second with a 2.75 ERA.

Head coach Darren Mueller is in his 16th season at NDSU with a career record of 565-310.

Omaha leads the all-time series against Omaha 36-21 after defeating the Mavericks 8-7 in the Summit League tournament last season.

Looking Back
The Omaha softball team was swept in a doubleheader against IUPUI last weekend. IUPUI beat Omaha 9-1 in five innings in the morning game of Sunday's doubleheader. Lizzie Noble went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI to lead the Mavericks. Lia Mancuso finished 1-for-3 with a stolen base.

Laura Roecker took the loss, pitching 2.1 innings and allowing eight runs on eight hits.
In the second game, IUPUI topped the Mavericks 7-3. Noble led the Mavericks again at the plate with a 3-for-4 effort that included two triples and an RBI. Mancuso finished the game 1-for-4 with a stolen base and an RBI. Abbie Clanton started the game and allowed six runs in 4.0 innings of work.

Next Up
Omaha returns to action next week with its second appearance at the Summit League Tournament, May 10-13, in Fargo N.D.  A complete tournament bracket and schedule will be released at the conclusion of the regular season this weekend.

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