UNO takes on a nationally respected program, one that it has owned in the past, in a 3 p.m. game Wednesday at Wichita State.
Of course, the Mavericks and Shockers last met in 1970.
Wichita State, 2-6 all time and with a five-game losing streak against UNO, became one of the top Division I college baseball programs in the four decades since last playing the Mavs. The Shockers have made seven College World Series appearances and 27 trips to the NCAA tournament.
The University of Nebraska at Omaha is in its second season in Division I.
Wichita State, picked to finish second in the Missouri Valley Conference, is 6-4 after an 8-1 victory Tuesday against Oral Roberts.
Left-hander Cole Volkers is set to start for the Mavs against Zach Beringer. Each is making his season debut.
UNO, picked last in the Summit League after going 12-36 last year, is 0-3 after playing Texas-San Antonio, Stephen F. Austin and Penn State at last weekend’s UTSA Classic.
Brett Bass went 5 for 11 (.455) and Tyler Fox threw five scoreless innings in his first career start to highlight the Mavs’ opening weekend. UNO also didn’t commit an error.
Tyler Baker leads the Shockers with a .412 average, three homers and eight RBIs while Casey Gillaspie, a Millard North grad, is hitting .314 with three homers and nine RBIs. Returning All-Valley selection Johnny Coy is hitting .233.
Mavericks alter weekend schedule
UNO altered its weekend schedule for the North Dakota series, coach Bob Herold announced Tuesday.
The Mavs host North Dakota for a doubleheader at Omaha Westside on Friday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., followed by Saturday’s game at noon.