HAMMOND, La. – Omaha softball fell in a pair of games on Friday to open the Lion Classic II tournament at North Oak Park. The Mavericks dropped an 8-0 contest to Belmont and lost 4-1 to tournament host Southeastern Louisiana.
Belmont 8, Omaha 0
Laura Roecker (0-1) threw three innings in the loss, striking out four with five runs allowed (three earned). Aubrey Hacke pitched the final four innings and allowed three runs with three strikeouts. Belmont starter Brooklin Lee pitched a complete game shutout allowing three hits and striking out 12.
Belmont took advantage of a hit and an error to take a 1-0 lead after the first half inning. The Bruins added four more runs on three hits in the third to increase the lead to 5-0.
Omaha threatened in the bottom of the fourth with runners on second and third with no outs, but Lee was able to pitch out of trouble.
The Bruins tacked on two runs in the fifth and another in the seventh to make the final 8-0.
Southeastern Louisiana 4, Omaha 1
Sydney Hampton (2-1) threw five complete innings in the start, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits. Southeastern’s Alley McDonald (1-0) pitched a complete game allowing one run on six hits.
Nelson led the Mavericks at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a run scored. Natalie Mostek added a 1-for-3 effort with an RBI. Dargy, Demi Dobbs and Faith Romero each had hits in the game.
SLU got on the board in the bottom of the second. The Lion’s first two batters walked and advanced to second and third thanks to a pair of stolen bases and an error. Ella Manzer drove in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly to center. Peyton Sutton then took third and came in on a passed ball.
Southeastern added another run in the bottom of the third on two hits.
Omaha put runners on second and third with no outs to start the fifth inning. McDonald was able to pitch out of danger without giving up a run. The Lions answered the Mavericks’ threat by going on top 4-0.
Nelson opened the sixth inning with an infield single. Dobbs and Mostek each singled to load the bases with no out. McDonald then induced a fielder’s choice followed by a double play to get out of the inning unscathed.
McDonald allowed a single in the top of the seventh but again pitched out of danger to record the win.
The Mavericks will play two games on Saturday, opening with a rematch against Southeastern Louisiana at 3 p.m. and then will play Detroit Mercy at 5 p.m.