PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Omaha baseball team closed out the Snowbird Classic on Saturday morning, defeating Western Michigan, 3-1. With the win, the Mavericks evened its season record at 4-4 (0-0 Summit League), while the Broncos dropped to 2-6 (0-0 MAC).
Alex Schultz went 1-for-3 with a run scored, while Cole Gruber and Justin Threlkeld added another run each. Caleb Palensky, Clayton Taylor and Connor Messinger all accounted for an RBI apiece.
Cole Volkers (1-1) picked up the win in relief, throwing 3.0 hitless, scoreless innings with two strikeouts and no walks. The loss went to Nick Bradley (0-1), who surrendered one run on one hit with a walk in 2.0 innings of relief work. Anthony Falcone (1) earned his first save of the year, allowing no runs on no hits in the final inning.
Jared Kujawa drove in WMU's only run of the game in the top of the third inning, keying an RBI triple.
The Mavericks scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the sixth. With a bases-loaded, no-outs situation, Taylor had a sacrifice fly to score Gruber. Two batters later, Palensky singled down the right field line to plate both runners, putting UNO at a 3-1 advantage.
A strong performance by the Omaha bullpen resulted in WMU mustering up just one hit over the last five innings to secure the victory.
Omaha returns to action on Friday, March 7, traveling to Grand Canyon to start off a three-game series. First pitch is set for 7:30 p.m. (CT) in Phoenix, Ariz.