DENTON, Texas — The UNO softball team scraped out a 4-3 win over host North Texas on Friday night to improve to 2-0 at the North Texas Lovelace Invitational.
The Mavs (7-0) are off to their best start since opening the 2002 season with 18 straight wins.
Senior Ashton Hughes hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 2-2 scored, and Mara Eeman added an RBI single to make it 4-2.
In the top of the seventh, North Texas (3-4) drew a run back off of junior right-hander Dana Elsasser and had a runner on first with two outs, but Elsasser (4-0) got a groundout to finish off the win.
UNO's Campbell Ditto went 2 for 2 with two runs scored, while Amber Lutmer was 1 for 3 with a two-run homer and Mara Eeman was 2 for 3 with an RBI.
In its opening game of the invitational, UNO continued its perfect start to the season with a 9-2 win over Dayton at Lovelace Stadium.
The Mavs jumped out to a 9-0 lead before allowing Dayton to score a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh.
UNO leadoff hitter Allie Mathewson homered and finished 2 for 4 with three RBIs. Sophomore Kat Barrow improved to 3-0 in the circle.
The Mavs will play Oklahoma State at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Iowa at 2 p.m.
North Texas (3-4) ................. 0002001—370
UNO (7-0) ................. 002002X—461
W: Elsasser, 4-0. L: Poole, 0-1. 2B: NT, Miller (1), Hoff (2); UNO, Ditto (2). HR: UNO, Lutmer (5).
UNO (6-0) ................. 2100303—990
Dayton (0-2) ................. 0000002—271
W: Barrow, 3-0. L: Isaacson, 0-1. 2B: UNO, Ditto (1), Negrete (2). HR: UNO, Mathewson (5).