OMAHA, Neb. – The Omaha baseball team hosted in-state foe Nebraska for a rematch on Wednesday night, falling 4-1 at Werner Park. The Mavericks are now 21-17 (6-6 Summit League), while the Huskers improve to 29-17 (10-5 Big Ten).
The win went to NU reliever Bob Greco (2-1), who threw 1.1 hitless innings while keeping the Mavericks scoreless. Junior right-hander Zach Williamsen (2-3), who held Nebraska to two runs on five hits in 5.1 innings. The Omaha native walked two and struck out one. Josh Roeder picked up his 10th save of the season with the final inning of work, striking out three and allowing one single.
Senior Tyler Splichal led the way at the plate, finishing 2-for-3. Nebraska had three players with two hits apiece: Austin Darby (2-for-4, two runs, one RBI), Pat Kelly (2-for-3) and Blake Headley (2-for-3).
Competitive from the start, both teams were scoreless through the top of the fifth. In the bottom half of the frame, junior Daniel Jewett tallied the Mavs’ lone run of the evening. He led off with a walk, went to second on a passed ball, advanced once more on a sacrifice bunt by Splichal and scored on an RBI single to right center by sophomore Connor Messinger, giving Omaha a 1-0 lead.
With UNO up by one, Nebraska rallied for two runs in the top of the sixth to take the lead. Darby sent a one-out double to right before Michael Pritchard drove him in with a double down the left field line to tie it at 1-1. Kelly then singled to left center to score Pritchard, pushing it to 2-1.
NU scored another run in the eighth when Darby worked a leadoff walk and later came across on Ben Miller's RBI single through the right side. The Huskers added one more insurance run in the ninth with a pair of hits, as Austin Christensen started it off with a leadoff single up the middle and eventually scored with Darby's two-out infield single that brought the final score to 4-1.
Omaha returns to action on Friday, May 2, traveling to South Dakota State. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. in Brookings, S.D., and links to live stats and audio will be available on OMavs.com.