New uniform, same strong bat.
Creighton transfer Allie Mathewson hasn’t skipped a beat since joining the University of Nebraska at Omaha softball team.
She hit a leadoff home run in each of the Mavs’ first three games and hasn’t let up since.
The sophomore center fielder is hitting .370 with a team-best .482 on-base percentage and a .783 slugging percentage for the Mavericks (13-1).
She’s second on the team with five home runs and 14 RBIs. She also has six stolen bases in seven attempts.
With those numbers, it’s not surprising that hitting is Mathewson’s favorite part of the game.
“That comes more easy than outfield and doing ground balls,” she said.
It probably helps that Mathewson’s father, O.J., is a hitting instructor who has worked with her since she was 8 or 9 years old. They talk after every game.
Mathewson is filling a familiar role as leadoff hitter, where she likes setting the tone for the rest of the team. The only downside is not getting to see any pitches first like the Mavs who follow her in the lineup.
Still, Mathewson, an All-Nebraska player at Papillion-La Vista South, has no complaints. The Mavs, many of whom she played with or against earlier in her career, made her comfortable from the start.
That chemistry, she said, has a great deal to do with the team’s success. The Mavs’ 13-1 start is their best since 2003, when they began 19-1.
“It’s been amazing,” she said.
UNO’s five-game win streak could be tested this weekend at the Colorado State Classic.
The Mavs play Bradley at 10 a.m. and Brown at 12:15 p.m. Friday. They face Colorado State at 12:15 p.m. Saturday and then play two on Sunday, against Brown at 10 a.m. and No. 18 Washington at 1:30 p.m.
The tougher the opponent the better for Mathewson, who enjoys the crisp pace of a matchup with top competition.
“I like those games better than the easier ones,” she said. “It’s more intense.”