CONROE, Texas – The Omaha softball team opened the 2019 season with a pair of losses – 9-1 to Wisconsin and 13-2 to Texas Tech – on Friday at the Scrap Yard Sports Complex.
The Mavericks (0-2) are scheduled to play Lamar at 9 a.m. and Wisconsin at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.
Wisconsin 9, Omaha 1 (5 inn)
Omaha got on the scoreboard first in the season opener. Junior Emma Dargy reached on a two-out infield single and then stole second base. Dargy came into score on freshman Jamie White’s single to center to put the Mavericks up 1-0.
Wisconsin used two hits and two walks to take a 2-1 lead after two innings. The Badgers added multiple runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to end the game early due to the run rule.
Dargy, White, Janae Cameron and Emily Klosterman each had hits for the Mavericks. Sophomore Sydney Hampton (0-1) took the loss for Omaha. Hampton struck out four, allowed six hits and walked four. Sophomore Halley Jones struck out one, allowed three hits and walked one.
Wisconsin’s Haley Hestekin (1-0) recorded the win. Hestkin worked around four hits and two walks, finishing with five strikeouts.
Texas Tech 13, Omaha 2 (5 inn.)
Omaha again took an early lead as Dargy launched a solo homer over the center field fence. The Mavericks made it 2-0 in the top of the second. Freshman Lexi Burkhardt reached on a fielder’s choice and then stole second. Senior Savannah Fisher’s infield hit allowed Burkhardt to motor home to increase the lead.
Texas Tech struck for three runs in the bottom half of the second. Breanna Russell started the rally with a solo home run to center field. Then two singles and a passed ball allowed the Red Raiders to tie the game at 2-2. A walk and an error led to Tech’s third run of the inning.
In the third Taylor Satchell hit a two-run home run to increase the lead to 5-2. Texas Tech then scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth and fifth to end the game early due to the run rule.
Freshman Ryanne Millington (0-1), Hampton and Jones pitched for the Mavericks with Millington recording the loss. The trio combined to allow 14 hits, walk three and strike out two.
Tech’s Erin Edmoundson (1-0) limited Omaha to two hits and two walks while striking out six.