April 20, 2014

UNO softball upsets 19th ranked Nebraska

In a matchup of two of the nation’s top senior pitchers, a three-run homer powered UNO to a 3-2 victory over the 19th-ranked Nebraska softball team on Tuesday at Bowlin Stadium.

Following a pair of infield singles, Campbell Ditto lined a two-out, three-run homer in the top of the third inning to put the Mavericks on the board. Ditto’s home run was the only ball UNO hit out of the infield all game.

Nebraska was held scoreless until the seventh inning, when senior Taylor Edwards blasted a two-out, two-run homer to left. Sophomore Hailey Decker followed Edwards’ home run with a single before senior Tatum Edwards reached on an error to put the tying run on second and the winning run on first. But the Huskers’ rally came up one-run short, as sophomore Alicia Armstrong was thrown out on a bang-bang play to end the game.

UNO ace Dana Elsasser, who entered the game with the fourth-best career ERA of any active Division I pitcher, threw a six-hitter to earn her first victory over Nebraska in six career starts. Elsasser improved to 18-6 this spring.  Tatum Edwards, who lost for just the second time in 23 career starts at home, fired a four-hitter with three of the hits being infield singles. She added five strikeouts in a complete-game effort, while falling to 14-9 on the season.

Omaha-Nebraska’s first D-I tournament run ends with loss to Murray State in CIT

Photo courtesy UNO Athletics.

Photo courtesy UNO Athletics.

The Omaha men’s basketball team lost 86-62 to Murray State at CFSB Center in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). The Mavericks finish with a record of 17-15 (5-9 Summit League).

The 2013-14 season was highlighted by Omaha’s first Division I postseason run in program history, since making the move up from Division II. The Mavericks were the first reclassifying team in CIT history to be offered an at-large bid. The Mavs won to their first-round CIT win over North Dakota on March 19.

Senior guard Justin Simmons led the way with 14 points for the night, followed by sophomore guard Devin Patterson with 12 and senior center John Karhoff with 10.

As a team, the Mavericks shot 37 percent (24-of-65) from the field, 22 percent (6-of-27) from long range and 53 percent (8-of-15) at the line. Murray State finished at 49 percent (32-of-65) from the floor, 35 percent (7-of-20) beyond the arc and 83 percent (15-of-18) at the charity stripe.

This is the ninth season for head coach Derrin Henson who led the Mavs to two, NCAA D-II tournaments.

NU-UNO softball moved to Lincoln for Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Due to unplayable field conditions in Omaha, the 19th-ranked Nebraska softball team will host UNO for the second time this season, this afternoon with a first pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Bowlin Stadium.  For fans who have had to deal with cancellations and postponements this spring, the game will be free.  Husker season-ticket holders will have their seats reserved, while other seating will be available  first-come, first-serve.

Wednesday’s game will wrap up the two-game season series between the state’s two public Division I schools. UNO is in its second year of transition from the Division II to the Division I level. The Mavericks have played a full Division I schedule this year, posting an impressive 22-3 record. UNO has won 14 of its last 16 games, with losses to No. 16 Washington and No. 20 Nebraska. The Mavs had both their original and rescheduled home game with Nebraska canceled, as UNO has seen its first seven scheduled home games canceled.

Nebraska and UNO met last Tuesday in Lincoln, with the Huskers rallying for a 3-2 victory.

Outdoor hockey games in Omaha go on with glitches

The first outdoor hockey games in the state were played Saturday in Omaha.  (Courtesy UNO Athletics)

The first outdoor hockey games in the state were played Saturday in Omaha. (Courtesy UNO Athletics)

The game between the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks and North Dakota started two-and-a-half hours late because the unusually warm day caused poor ice conditions at TD Ameritrade Park in downtown Omaha. The start of the second period was also delayed about 15 minutes when a coolant line under the ice was damaged during resurfacing.

However that game, along with the USHL’s game between the Omaha Lancers and Lincoln Stars, was completed and Nebraska’s first outdoor hockey games are now history.

In the USHL game, the Lancers scored the first goal just over a minute into the game on their way to a 4-2 win. It was their 10th victory in the last 11 games.

The hometown Mavs in the D-I hockey game didn’t fare as well. Down 4-0, UNO tried to come back, but North Dakota snuffed out a third-period comeback attempt by the Mavericks and came away with a 5-2 win.

The outdoor rink at TD Ameritrade Park was ready for play Friday night.  (Courtesy, Lancers website)

The outdoor rink at TD Ameritrade Park was ready for play Friday night. (Courtesy, Lancers website)

Senior goalie picks up weekly honor for UNO hockey

Senior goalie John Faulkner makes a save during a recent Mavericks game.  (courtesy, UNO Athletics).

Senior goalie John Faulkner makes a save during a recent Mavericks game. (courtesy, UNO Athletics).

UNO senior goaltender John Faulkner has been named the WCHA’s Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.

Faulkner backstopped both UNO wins at Bemidji State last weekend, posting a 2.00 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. On Friday, he made 22 saves and allowed three goals in a 5-3 win against the Beavers. The next night, he stopped 22 of 23 shots in a 2-1 win that gave UNO its first-ever WCHA series sweep over BSU.

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