Matt Tew’s opening-game one-hitter set UNO on course for a doubleheader sweep of Oakland, with Sunday wins of 7-0 and 7-4 at the Ballpark at Boys Town that give the Mavericks a two-game lead over the rest of their conference foes after the opening weekend of the Summit League season.
Tew, a senior from Bellevue East, turned in easily his best performance of the year. The right-hander retired the first 12 batters he faced and finished with a season-high seven strikeouts while walking one to improve to 1-4.
Oakland’s Mike Carson broke up Tew’s bid for perfection with a sharply hit single through the left side of the infield to lead off the fifth.
Cole Gruber and Brett Bass each had three of UNO’s 14 hits in the nightcap.
The Mavs (10-15 overall) completed a 4-0 weekend that included a Friday sweep of Indiana- Purdue-Fort Wayne. North Dakota State, South Dakota State and Oakland are all 2-2 in the league. Oakland dropped to 7-20 overall.
Senior Cory Buckley, the winning pitcher in the second game, went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and an RBI in the opener.
Bass, who was 5 for 8 for the day, also went 2 for 3 in the opener.
UNO jumped ahead in the second inning on Caleb Palensky’s two-run double, then tacked on five runs on six hits in the sixth, capped by Bass’ two-run single.
Buckley (1-3) pitched around 11 hits in five innings by giving up three runs in his five innings. Derek Landis eventually closed it out, earning his second save while pitching the ninth.
Alex Schultz and Tyler Splichal each had two hits.
The Mavs return to action on Tuesday, hosting Air Force in a 6 p.m. game at Werner Park.