OMAHA, Neb. – Omaha and North Dakota battled for 13 innings before the Fighting Hawks pulled out an 18-12 win at Westside Field at Westbrook on Sunday.
Leaders for Omaha
Janae Cameron went 4-for-5 at the plate with a double, a run scored and four RBI. Alexa Sedlak finished 1-for-4 with two walks, a run scored and three RBI. Janae White went 3-for-6 with an RBI and two runs scored. Emma Dargy finished 3-for-5 with two walks and three runs scored, while Emily Klosterman went 2-for-6 with two RBI.
Halley Jones (0-7) took the loss in relief, allowing eight runs (two earned) on 11 hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Starter Sydney Hampton allowed five runs (three earned) on five hits and four walks. Ryanne Millington gave up five runs on eight hits and a walk in 2.2 innings of work.
Leaders for North Dakota
Leadoff hitter Jailene Carpio went 5-for-8 with a double, two runs scored and four RBI. Victoria Minor finished 3-for-7 with a triple, two runs scored and four RBI. Deja Miller went 4-for-8 with a double, triple, scored twice and drove in three.
Nikki Pica (4-9) picked up the win in relief for UNO. Pica allowed three runs on four hits and five walks in 7.2 innings of work. Starter Jannay Jones allowed nine runs (seven earned) on 12 hits and two walks with four strikeouts.
How It Happened
Omaha took an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first. Dargy and White each hit one-out singles to put runners in scoring position. Cameron drove an RBI single to center field that moved White to third and scored Dargy. White scored on Sedlak’s sacrifice, and Cameron came in on Lexi Burkhardt’s RBI single.
North Dakota exploded for six runs in the top of the second. Minor led off with a walk and went to third on Kayleen Schneider’s double. UND loaded the bases when Alyssa Rios was hit by a pitch. Omaha pitchers then walked two straight batters to make it a 3-2 game. The Fighting Hawks tied the game on an Omaha error. Jocelyn Kirk hit a two-out, two-run single to left to make it a 6-3 game.
The Mavericks responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame. Lexi Burchfield hit a two-out infield single and moved to third on Dargy’ base hit. A passed ball allowed Burchfield to scamper home and moved Dargy to second. White lined a single down the left field line to bring home Dargy to cut UND’s lead to 6-5.
UND scored a pair of runs in the top of the third and added another in the fourth to lead 9-5 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning.
Omaha scored four times in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game. Pinch hitter Madie Otte hit a one-out single and moved to second on another Dargy hit. The Mavericks loaded the bases when White got hit by a pitch. Cameron hit a two-run single to score Burchfield, who ran for Otte, and Dargy. Sedlak tied the game at 9-9 with a two-run single up the middle.
The game remained tied until the top of the eighth inning. Kirk opened the inning with a double and moved to third on an error. Rios hit a sac fly to left field to put UND in front 10-9. Omaha fought back once more in the bottom of the frame. White opened with a single to left and scored on Cameron’s double to right center. The Mavericks had runners on first and second with one out, but the Fighting Hawks got a double play to end the threat.
North Dakota added two runs in the top of the 10th forcing Omaha to rally once again. Sierra Leonetti was hit by a pitch and Sedlak drew a walk to open the inning. The duo moved up a base on a sacrifice. Klosterman hit a two-run single that knotted the game at 12-12.
The Fighting Hawks put the game out of reach in the top of the 13th inning by scoring six runs on seven hits and an error.
Inside the Lines
• The game lasted four hours and 15 minutes and was the longest game Omaha has played this season.
• Omaha moved to 3-29 overall and 1-5 in Summit League play, while North Dakota improved to 17-23 (2-1).
• The Fighting Hawks outhit the Mavericks 24-16 on the day.
• UNO set season-highs in runs (12) and hits (16).
• Cameron set career marks with four hits and four RBI.
• Jones set season highs in innings pitched and strikeouts.
Omaha returns to action on Tuesday, April 2, against UMKC. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. in Kansas City, Mo. Links to live stats will be available on OMavs.com.