WILMINGTON, N.C. — Dana Elsasser and the University of Nebraska at Omaha softball team got off to a strong start this season Friday at the UNCW Beach Blast.
The Mavericks posted victories in each of their first two contests this season, beating Iona 7-0 and UNC-Wilmington 6-2.
Elsasser, coming off of a 2012 campaign she finished with an 1.07 ERA, allowed a career-best one hit against the Gaels. She struck out four.
Against UNC-Wilmington UNO's Kat Barrow had similar success, striking out nine batters to pick up the victory.
The Mavs' bats also contributed to the wins, highlighted by Creighton transfer Allie Mathewson's noteworthy day. The sophomore started her UNO career with a home run as the leadoff hitter against Iona. Hours later against UNC-Wilmington, Mathewson again homered as the first batter for the Mavs. She hit five home runs last season with the Jays.
UNO takes on Iona at 8 a.m. and Detroit at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Iona ................. 000 000 0—0 1 1
UNO ................. 200 050 X—7 9 1
W: Elsasser, 1-0. L: Costello, 0-1. HR: UNO, Mathewson.
UNO (2-0) ................. 201 201 0—6 7 1
UNC-Wilmington (1-1) ................. 001 010 0—2 7 2
W: Barrow, 1-0. L: Schmidt, 0-1. 2B: UNCW, Rappe 2. 3B: UNO, Ditto. HR: UNO, Mathewson, Ditto.