RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The Omaha softball team went 0-2 on the first day of the Highlander Classic at Harrison Field. The Mavericks dropped the opener 10-0 in five innings to San Diego before falling 8-0 in six innings to UC Riverside.
The Mavericks return to action on Saturday with a rematch against San Diego at 11 a.m. (CT) and links to live stats will be available on OMavs.com.
San Diego 10, Omaha 0 (5 innings)
Five different players had hits for Omaha in the opener. Junior Emma Dargy led the Mavericks with a 1-for-1 effort including a double and was hit by a pitch. Sophomore Alexa Sedlak finished 1-for-3 with a stolen base. Juniors Hailey Bartz and Emily Klosterman each went 1-for-2, while freshman Jamie Whitewent 1-for-3.
San Diego took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first. Two wild pitches and a sac bunt led to the Toreros first run of the inning. A solo home run followed by two hits, a walk and an error made it 3-0.
Omaha put two runners on in the bottom of the first, but a double play and a pop out ended the Maverick threat.
USD added a pair of runs in the top of the second for a 5-0 lead. Dargy doubled to open the bottom half of the second and moved to third on a dropped pitch. The Toreros were able to work around the baserunner to maintain the lead.
San Diego added two runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth to make the final score 10-0.
UC Riverside 8, Omaha 0 (6 innings)
Omaha was limited to three hits in its second game of the afternoon. Bartz went 1-for-2 at the plate with a double. Klosterman went 1-for-2 at the plate, while senior Faith Romero went 1-for-1. Lexi Burkhardt added a stolen base.
Bartz gave Omaha its first scoring opportunity in the top of the second with a two-out double down the left field line. UC Riverside’s Jacy Boles induced a strikeout to end the UNO threat.
The Highlanders responded with two runs on three hits and an error in the bottom half of the frame.
Starter Ryanne Millington (1-5) worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the third. UC Riverside then struck for four runs in the fourth on five hits and two walks to increase the lead to 6-0.
In the top of the fifth, Burkhardt reached on a fielder’s choice and then stole second with two outs. Boles struck out the next Mavericks batter to get out of trouble. UCR scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to end the game via run rule.
Omaha moved to 2-15 on the season, while UC Riverside improved to 6-12.