• Photo Showcase: UNO softball, March 28
• Game 1: UNO 8, UNK 0 (5 inn.)
• Game 2: UNO 7, UNK 3
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It was a picture perfect day for the UNO softball team in its debut at the Westside Field at Westbrook. The Mavs put on a powerful display in sweeping the University of Nebraska at Kearney 8-0 and 7-3 before a crowd of 147 on a sunny, 70-degree day at the brand new ballpark.
Amber Lutmer had three home runs on the day, and Katelyn Hinton and Mara Eeman each had one, as the Mavs doubled their season total of five home runs through 25 games in one day alone.
Dana Elsasser pitched a two-hit shutout to win the opener, and added three no-hit innings for the save in the second game.
UNO improved to 15-12 on the season, while UNK dropped to 11-17.
Lutmer, a sophomore from Millard West, was 3 for 5 and drove in six runs for the Mavs — for the season she's hitting .284 with a team-high five homers and 18 RBIs.
Hinton was 3 for 4 to raise her average to .293. Her homer was her fourth, and her three RBIs upped her team-high total to 21.
The Mavs made quick work of the Lopers in game one by winning via the eight-run rule after the top of the fifth inning. The fourth through eighth hitters in the Mav order combined to go 6 for 11 with five runs scored and six RBIs.
UNO opened with two runs in the first inning, then added three in the third and three in the fourth.
Hinton singled to left to drive in the first run and Ashley Lynch drove in another with a single of her own for a 2-0 lead.
The Mavs tacked on three more in the third, including runs on a Molly Negrete single and an Emma Wright groundout.
Elsasser gave up two fourth-inning hits but escaped a bases-loaded jam by striking out the final two batters of the inning. She improved to 8-6.
Lindsay Redding scored on a passed ball in the fourth for a 6-0 advantage. Later, Lutmer's first homer of the day, a two-run shot, cleared the left field wall to make it 8-0.
Kirstie Hiatt (7-8) took the loss. Hiatt gave up five runs, two earned, on five hits over three innings.
Lutmer smacked two of UNO's four homers in the second game.
Kat Barrow (5-4) picked up the win, throwing four innings while giving up three runs — one earned — on four hits.
UNK jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, but the Mavs gained control in the bottom of the third.
Eeman led off the inning with the first homer of her career to left center. Lutmer's three-run homer made it 4-1.
UNK got two runs back in the fifth and had runners on second and third with no outs when Elsasser was called upon.
Elsasser got Ali Seberger to ground to Negrete at third, who threw out Austin Wilson at home. Then Sarah Rome grounded out to shortstop, putting runners at second and third. Allie Frost lined out to end the threat.
UNO regained separation in the fifth on back-to-back home runs by Hinton and Lutmer. Hinton's was a two-run shot, while Lutmer's solo blast made it 7-3.
Elsasser, who struck out six in eight innings on the day, trimmed her ERA to 1.09 while closing out the game for her first save.
The Mavs are off until April 4, when they host their first Division I game: South Dakota visits for a 3 p.m. doubleheader.
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