Allie Mathewson had quite a debut for the 5-0 UNO softball team.
The sophomore transfer from Creighton hit a leadoff homer in her first at-bat in UNO's 7-0 win over Iona. She also led off with homers in the Mavs' second and third games, a first in the program's history.
She finished the UNCW Beach Blast with four homers. Coach Jeanne Scarpello said she's a pure hitter who is a tough out every time she's at the plate.
“To lead off three games with home runs is obviously an incredible feat in itself, but she does have a lot of power,” Scarpello said. “What a jump-start for our team.”
Junior first baseman Amber Lutmer also had four homers. She went 7 for 15 (.467) with 13 RBIs and seven runs scored. Catcher Campbell Ditto had two homers.
The Mavericks hit 12 homers in the five games, a turnaround from last season when they had just one shot in their first 12 games.
UNO has been focusing more on offense this year, and the team has a lot of power.
“I think our kids were just feeling good with their swings,” Scarpello said. “We really simplified stuff. They've worked hard on making changes and adjustments.”
UNO travels this weekend to the North Texas Lovelace Invitational. The Mavs play Dayton at 11:30 a.m. and North Texas at 7 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, UNO faces Oklahoma State at 9 a.m. and Iowa at 2 p.m. The Mavs close against Dayton at 9 a.m. Sunday.