CONWAY, Ark. – Another day at the Michelle Memorial Classic, and the Omaha softball team tallied another win and loss on the season. The Mavericks dropped a close game to Missouri State in the day’s opener, 3-1. Omaha rebounded and picked up another win over Arkansas Pine-Bluff, 13-0, in five innings.
With the split, Omaha improves to 2-6 on the year.
Game One: Missouri State 3, Omaha 1
How It Happened
- Lynsey Tucker led off for the Mavericks and singled up the middle for the first hit of the game. Tucker would make it to third after an error from the Missouri State second baseman. Jamie White sent a sac fly to center field allowing for Tucker to tag up and score. Omaha led 1-0 going into the bottom of the first.
- The Bears quickly tied the game 1-1 on their second at-bat. D. Plummer reached on an error and scored when M. Hunsaker tripled to right field. Hunsaker crossed home on the next play after T. Weakly hit a sac fly to left field. Missouri State would add another before the inning ended. O. Krehbiel tallied the run after K. Metter laid down a sac bunt.
- The next three innings were three-up, three-down situations for Omaha. The Mavericks would get their next hit in the top of the fifth. Lexi Burkhardt singled through the right side and advanced to second on a wild pitch, but she’d be left on base.
- Omaha recorded one hit in the sixth and seventh, but Missouri State locked down and took a 3-1 win over the Mavericks.
Inside the Box Score
- Both teams tallied five hits in the game. Tucker, Izzy Eltze, White, and Burkhardt each recorded on for the Mavericks.
- Tucker has recorded a hit in all but one game this season.
- Sydney Hampton made the start in the circle for Omaha. She pitched one inning and collects the loss falling to 1-4 on the year.
- Sydney Nuismer made her career-debut coming in for relief in the second inning. She retired five batters and gave up only two hits over the five innings.
Game Two: Omaha 13, Pine-Bluff 0 (5 innings)
How It Happened
- Pine-Bluff recorded the first two hits of the game with one in the first and second innings. The Mavericks found their groove in the bottom of the second posted four of their own.
- Lexi Burkhardt, Allison Helton, Rachel Weber, and Lynsey Tucker all singled in the inning. Helton and Tucker’s hits scored one run each, while Tucker’s single up the middle scored two for Omaha. The Mavericks took a 4-0 lead into the third.
- The bottom of the fourth is when the Omaha onslaught began. The Mavericks posted nine runs on five hits to jump out to a 13-0 lead over the lions.
- Janae Cameron led off with a single to right field to spark the offense. A few at-bats later, Hailey Bartz would single up the middle and tally the first two RBI of the inning. Izzy Eltze walked in the next at-bat to load the bases forcing Pine Bluff to make a pitching change with one out.
- White was walked to add another run to the board after the change. Sydney Nuismer then stepped up to the plate for her first career at-bat. She singled through the left side and tallied two RBI sparking another run in the Omaha offense.
- Emily Klosterman and Hailey Bartz each recorded another hit before the fourth inning marathon ended. Each tallied an RBI giving the Mavericks a 13-run lead at the top of five.
- A. Wesley singled up the middle in the top of the fifth for the Lions, but Kamryn Meyer retired the next batter to hold onto a 13-0 win over Pine Bluff.
Inside the Box Score
- Omaha tied its season high in hits with nine. The Mavericks posted nine hits earlier this season at UNI and in Thursday’s game with Pine-Bluff.
- Eight Mavericks combined for the nine hit total.
- Bartz finished 2-for-2 with three RBI and one run. Her three RBI is just one short of her career-high. She was the only Omaha player with more than one hit.
- Weber, Klosterman, and Nuismer all finished a perfect 1-for-1. Weber added two runs and two RBI, both of which are season-highs.
- Olivia Aden made her first appearance this season. She pinch ran and scored a run in the action.
- Kamryn Meyer started in the circle and picked up her first win of the season. She is now 1-2. Meyer recorded a new career-high eight strikeouts. Her previous high was seven, which was set twice this season.
- Omaha will close the Michelle Short Memorial Classic with one more chance at Missouri State. Game time has been moved up to a 9 a.m. start Sunday morning due to forecasted rain.