OMAHA, Neb. – The Omaha softball team dropped a doubleheader to South Dakota State Friday afternoon at Westside Field at Westbrook. The Mavericks fell 9-1 in the opener before losing 11-7 in nine innings in the nightcap.
UNO is now 12-24 (0-5 Summit League) on the season, while SDSU improved to 21-9 (2-0).
South Dakota State 9, Omaha 1 (5 innings)
Aubrey Hacke led Omaha at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI. Savannah Fisher, Emily Klosterman and Kelly Pattison each had hits. The Jackrabbits jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on Brittney Morse’s RBI single. South Dakota State made it 2-0 in the fourth on Baily Janssen’s RBI double.
SDSU’s Madison Hope (11-3) picked up the complete-game victory, allowing one run on five hits with two walks and nine strikeouts. Laura Roecker (1-5) took the loss for the Mavericks, allowing seven runs on eight hits and five walks with six strikeouts.
Omaha cut the lead in half in the bottom of the fourth. Fisher led off the inning with a single up the middle. Emma Dargy moved pinch runner Hailey Bartz to second with a sacrifice bunt. Hacke then hit an RBI single to center to cut the lead to 2-1.
South Dakota State answered in the top of the fifth. Ali Herdliska hit a two-run home run to right center. Later in the inning, Paige Gerdes added a two-run single. Two batters later, Bailey Janssen hit a two-run double. Abbey Murphy capped the scoring with an RBI triple down the right field line to make it 9-1.
Hope retired the first two Mavericks she faced in the bottom half of the frame. Pattison singled and Fisher reached on a dropped third strike to give Omaha runners in scoring position, but Hope induced a ground ball to end the game by run rule.
South Dakota State 11, Omaha 7 (9 innings)
Savannah Fisher (2-for-4, double, home run, 3 RBI), Aubrey Hacke (2-for-4, two runs), Natalie Mostek (2-for-5, double, home run, RBI) and Kelly Pattison (2-for-5, home run, 2 RBI) each had multi-hit games for the Mavericks in game two. Emma Dargy also homered for the Mavericks.
Julia Anderson led the Jackrabbits at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a triple, a home run, three RBI and four runs scored. Brittney Morse finished 2-for-5 with a homer and four RBI, while Megan Rushing went 1-for-4 with a homer and four RBI.
Hacke (3-8) took the loss for Omaha, allowing two runs on a hit. Starter Sydney Hampton pitched 8.1 innings, allowing nine runs (six earned) on 11 hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Olivia Douglas started for South Dakota State and pitched 4.0 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Madison Hope pitched 5.0 innings in relief, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.
South Dakota State got out to an early lead in Friday’s second game as the first four Jackrabbit batters reached base. Abbey Murphy opened with a single and scored on Anderson’s RBI triple down the right field line. Ali Herdliska then singled and scored on Morse’s two-run homer to stake SDSU to a 4-0 lead after a half inning.
Omaha came back with three runs in the bottom of the first. Hacke hit a one-out single and scored on Pattison’s homer to left center. Fisher made it back-to-back home runs with a solo shot to left field to cut the lead to 4-3.
SDSU made it a 5-3 game in the top of the third on Anderson’s leadoff home run down the right field line.
The Mavericks responded again in the bottom of the third. Hacke drew a walk to open the inning and moved to second on Pattison’s bunt single. Fisher tied the game at 5-5 with a two-run double to right center.
Anderson hit her second homer of the game to lead off the fifth and gave South Dakota State 6-5 advantage.
Omaha had a chance to tie things up in the bottom of the fifth. The Mavericks put runners on first and second with two outs, but the inning ended when a runner was called out for leaving the base early.
The Mavericks tied the game in the bottom of the seventh. Hope struck out the first two batters she faced in the inning. Dargy then hit a 0-1 offering over the left field wall to tie the game at 6-6.
South Dakota broke the game open in the top of the ninth. After loading the bases with one out, the Jackrabbits scored on an error by the Mavericks’ third baseman. Omaha retired the next batter but gave up a grand slam to Rushing that made the score 11-6.
Mostek led off the bottom of the ninth with a solo home run, but Hope struck out the next three batters to secure the 11-7 win.
Omaha and South Dakota State wrap up the three-game set on Saturday, March 31. First pitch is now at 1 p.m.