NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The University of Nebraska at Omaha beat Mississippi Valley 2-0 Sunday to cap a 5-0 run through the Tennessee State Classic to earn the tournament title.
The Mavericks, who improved to 22-2, outscored their opponents 33-1 during the five games to win their fifth tournament this season. It was also the third shutout at the Classic in three starts for Dana Elsasser (12-2).
The tournament MVP allowed two hits and one walk Sunday. Elsasser, a junior from Hershey, Neb., also struck out six.
Meanwhile, UNO scored both of its runs in the bottom of the third inning. Tara Trede reached on a single, and scored Allie Mathewson's triple. Mathewson later scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0.
In the top of the seventh, a single, a Maverick error and a hit by pitch from Elsasser had the bases loaded with one out. But Jahcenda Garrett lined out to Tonya Peterson at shortstop, and Peterson threw to first base to double off Natalia Covarrubias to end the game.
Molly Negrete, Campbell Ditto and Methewson also made the all-tournament team for UNO, which is scheduled to play Nebraska at Westside Field on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Mississippi Valley State (7-14) ........ 000 000 0—0 2 2
At UNO (22-2) ................................. 002 000 x—2 5 4
W: Elsasser, 12-2. L: Lorenz, 3-8.