Grant Suponchick went 3-for-4 against South Dakota State on Friday.
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Mavericks Drop League Opener to SDSU, 5-2

Omaha Athletics | March 17, 2017
OMAHA, Neb. -- Errors proved costly Friday afternoon for the Omaha baseball team, which dropped its conference opener to South Dakota State, 5-2 at Isaacson Field at Seymour Smith Park. The Mavericks are now 2-15 (0-1 Summit League), while the Jackrabbits improve to 7-7 (1-0).

Brady Stover (2-1) earned the win for SDSU, throwing 6.0 shutout innings while scattering five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. Junior right-hander Corey Binger (1-4) took the loss, allowing five runs (two earned) on eight hits with two strikeouts and no walks over 5.0 innings. The save went to Chris Halbur (4), who held Omaha scoreless with no hits, a walk and a strikeout in the ninth.

Sophomore Grant Suponchick led the Mavericks offensively, finishing 3-for-4 for the day. Sophomore Parker Smejkal was also 2-for-4, and senior Marcus Ethen went 1-for-3 with a run scored.

SDSU tallied in each of the first four innings, jumping out to a 2-0 lead after the top of the first. Anthony Schneider reached on an error and advanced to third on a Luke Ringhofer double to right center, and both runners scored on a two-run double to right from Newt Johnson.

The Mavericks committed six errors in the first three innings, and SDSU posted an unearned run in the second, third and fourth frames. In the second, Phil Velez singled to shortstop and later scored on a Maverick fielding miscue. In the third, Johnson reached on a throwing error to lead off the inning, then scored on an RBI infield single by Josh Kunzmann.

The Jacks added their fifth run in the fourth inning, as Nick Smith got on with a triple to center and was driven in with a Schneider single to right to make it 5-0.

Omaha finally got on the board with a two-error seventh inning. Sophomore Jack Kalina drew a two-out walk and Ethen followed with a single up the middle to put two runners on. A failed pickoff attempt with an errant throw to second led to another SDSU fielding error in the outfield, which allowed both runners to score to cut it to 5-2.

Smith led SDSU's 11-hit effort with a 3-for-5 day, while Kunzmann was 2-for-3. The Jacks also turned four double plays for the afternoon.

Omaha and South Dakota State resume their series on Saturday, March 18, with first pitch at 2 p.m. at Seymour Smith Park. Links to live stats and audio will be available on OMavs.com.

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