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Omaha’s Comeback Falls Short at Missouri | Rural Radio Network

Omaha’s Comeback Falls Short at Missouri

Omaha’s Comeback Falls Short at Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Omaha softball team scored four runs in the final two innings Wednesday afternoon, but dropped a 7-4 decision to Missouri at the Mizzou Softball Stadium.

Senior Nicole Warren led Omaha at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI.  Freshman Vicky Kinney also went 2-for-4 with a double.  Freshman Emily Klosterman finished 2-for-4 with a run scored.  Senior Lizzie Noble added a double and an RBI, while freshman Hailey Bartz drove in a run.

Missouri had nine hits on the afternoon and took advantage of four Omaha errors in the game.  Natalie Fleming finished 3-for-3 with a homer and two RBI, while Kirsten Mack went 2-for-4 with a home and three RBI to lead the Tigers at the plate.

Cheyenne Baxter (14-5) earned the win for the Tigers, allowing no runs on four hits and two walks with a strikeout.  The loss went to sophomore right-hander Laura Roecker (6-13), who surrendered seven runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks in 3.0 innings.

Omaha found itself in a 7-0 deficit after the third inning, but the Mavericks got a pair of runs back in the top of the sixth inning.  Warren led off the inning with a single and later scored on a Bartz infield single.  Noble reached on a fielder’s choice that brought in Klosterman, which capped a two-run, three-hit inning at 7-2.

UNO inched closer in the top of the seventh.  Warren sent a 1-0 pitch over the center field fence to pull the Mavericks within 7-4 with one out, but Tiger reliever Madi Norman got a pair of groundouts to preserve the Missouri win.

The Mavericks are now 11-25 on the season, while the Tigers improved to 27-18 (5-9 SEC).

Omaha returns to action on Friday, April 21, visiting South Dakota State. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m. in Brookings, S.D.

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