SANTA CLARA, Calif. – A 4-2 Sunday win sealed the series sweep for the Omaha baseball team on the road against Santa Clara.
The win marks the first series win and sweep for the Mavericks this season.
LEADERS FOR OMAHA
On the mound, Andrew Brighton improved to 2-0 on the season while Jackson Gordon picked up his first-career save. Brighton pitched 6.0 innings with only one hit and one run allowed. Jonas Lovin made his career debut in relief with 2.0 innings pitched, two strikeouts, two hits allowed and one walk. Gordon had one strikeout and one hit for the save.
Russell Grant II fell to 0-1 for Santa Clara and pitched 4.1 innings with four hits and four runs allowed.
Both Max Gamm and Brett Bonar went 2-for-4 with a run, while Ben Palensky, Jack Lombardi, Breyden Eckhout and Keil Krumwiede each had an RBI. Braden Rogers notched a double after going 1-for-3 at the plate.
INSIDE THE INNINGS
Omaha could not muster any runs until the top of the fifth. In a scoreless game, the Mavericks struck first via a Santa Clara throwing error that scored Palensky. A Lombardi single through the right side plated Parker Smejkal. With the bases loaded, Eckhout was hit by a pitch and that scored Palensky. The fourth and final run for the Mavericks happened after Krumwiede reached on a fielder’s choice, which brought home Gamm for an unearned run.
Santa Clara scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth and the eighth. The first run came on a ground out for an RBI, while a single through the left side two innings later made it 4-2. From there, Omaha was able to hold on for its fourth consecutive win.
Omaha begins its home stretch with a three-game Summit League showdown against North Dakota State. The first game of the series is slated for Friday, March 15, at 4 p.m. in Seymour Smith Park. For more information, visit OMavs.com.