Omaha visits Missouri on Wednesday afternoon for a non-conference matchup.
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Omaha Visits Missouri for Midweek Contest

Omaha Athletics | April 18, 2017
Leading Off
Omaha softball is in the midst of a 10-game road trip and visits Missouri on Wednesday, April 19.  First pitch at the Mizzou Softball Stadium is set for 4 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on the SEC Network+ with Ben Arney on play-by-play and Ashley Moore providing color commentary. Fans will be able to view the game based on their cable company/subscription package via WatchESPN.com or on the WatchESPN app.  Links to live video and stats will be available on OMavs.com.
 
Quick Hits
• Omaha is 11-24 (2-4 Summit League) overall after winning two of three games at South Dakota April 8-9.
• UNO played three nationally rated teams during tournament play this season, going 1-2. The Mavericks defeated No. 16 Utah but lost a doubleheader to No. 9/10 Oklahoma and a single game to No. 16/17 LSU.
• Fifteen players have seen playing time for the Mavericks’ this season, with seven players making their first career starts.
• Senior Lia Mancuso is hitting a team-leading .349 entering the week and has a team-high 13 stolen bases.
• 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 Missouri Tigers
Missouri enters the midweek match-up 24-18 (5-9 SEC) before a Tuesday doubleheader vs. SEMO.  The Tigers dropped two of three games to No. 7 Auburn last weekend.
 
Kirsten Mack leads the team with a .355 batting average through 41 games and has a team-leading .673 slugging percentage and .459 on-base percentage.  Braxton Burnside leads the team with 10 home runs and 40 RBI.  Cheyenne Baxter is the Tigers’ ace this season, going 12-5 this season with a 2.19 ERA and 93 strikeouts.
 
Head coach Ehren Earleywine is in his 11th season at Missouri with a 477-172 record and holds a 623-227 career mark through 14 seasons.  Wednesday’s meeting will be the first all-time between Omaha and Mizzou.
 
Looking Back
Omaha won its first Summit League road series of the season vs. South Dakota April 9-10 in Vermillion, S.D.  UNO split its doubleheader on April 8, winning game one 9-5 before falling 5-1 in the nightcap.  In Sunday’s series finale, the Mavericks scored runs in the top of the sixth and seventh inning for a 2-1 victory.
 
RPI Power
In the latest RPI rankings, North Dakota State had the highest RPI of all Summit League teams at 157, while Omaha was second at 176.  Earlier this season, the Mavericks reached their highest RPI since becoming eligible for postseason play at 131.
Next Up
Omaha returns to action on Friday, April 21, opening a three-game Summit League series against South Dakota State.  First pitch for Friday’s single game will be at 4:30 p.m., Saturday’s twin bill is set to start at noon.

 

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