Mavericks Drop Dartmouth, 12-5
Senior Brett Bass had a team-leading three hits with three RBI. Sophomore Cole Gruber was 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI, while sophomore Alex Schultz was 2-for-5 with three runs and an RBI. Senior Caleb Palensky and sophomore Clayton Taylor each went 2-for-4, with Taylor scoring twice and Palensky tallying a run scored and another driven in.
Junior Tyler Hamer (1-1) earned his first win of the year in relief, allowing two runs on two hits over 3.0 innings. Dartmouth starter Adam Frank (0-2) took the loss, surrendering five runs -- two earned -- on two hits with a pair of walks over 0.2 innings.
Omaha got out to a quick start in the top of the first, plating five runs on three hits with one error. Gruber led off with a single, Schultz was hit by a pitch, and Taylor reached on an error to load the bases. A Bass sacrifice fly to right then brought in Gruber. The bases were loaded again when Palensky drew a walk, and Splichal delivered an RBI single up the middle to score Schultz to make it 2-0.
Junior Dawson Porter then drove in Taylor with a sacrifice to right, and Suiter walked, prompting Dartmouth to pull its starter. Following the pitching change, Collin Leif walked to push Palensky across, and Gruber came up again with an RBI single through the left side to score Splichal and give UNO a 5-0 lead.
The Mavericks added another run in the fourth, with Taylor starting off with a double down the left field line and later scoring on Palensky's RBI single through the right side.
Down 6-0, the Big Green came back for a run in the fourth, as Michael Ketchmark tripled, and Joe Purritano immediately put up an RBI double to make it 6-1.
In the fifth, a Schultz double to left scored Gruber, and Bass dropped a double down the left field line to plate Schultz and stretch the lead to 8-1.
The bottom half of the inning saw Dartmouth's Matt Parisi send out a solo home run to left, pulling it to 8-2.
UNO chipped in an insurance run in the seventh when Schultz scored on a Bass RBI single. Dartmouth came back for a run in the bottom of the frame to cut it to 9-3.
Omaha's final scoring stretch came in the eighth, as the Mavericks posted another trio of runs. Splichal led off with a single to left, and Porter came through with a double to left center. Suiter followed up with a two-run double of his own to score Porter and Splichal with no outs. Two batters later, a Gruber groundout allowed Suiter to score, bringing the tally 12-3.
Dartmouth put up a short rally in the ninth, crossing two runs on one hit for a final score of 12-5.
Omaha and Dartmouth will resume their series on Wednesday, March 19. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at Hoglund Ballpark in Lawrence, Kan., and a link to live stats will be available on OMavs.com.