MACOMB, Ill. — After four straight losses, including three in which it gave up 12 runs, UNO needed a strong start in the nightcap of a doubleheader with Western Illinois.
Jayden Maifeld obliged.
The sophomore turned in his best outing of the season, allowing two hits and one run in seven innings as the Mavericks salvaged a split with a 7-1 victory.
In the opener, UNO (20-23, 12-12 Summit League) fell behind 9-0 in the sixth and never recovered in a 12-7 loss.
Maifeld, whose previous season high was five innings shut down the Leathernecks (11-27, 7-18) to help the Mavs remain in third place in the Summit with the conference tournament coming up. He retired the last 14 batters he faced as he allowed both his hits in the first inning.
Mike Boeve had three hits and two RBIs for the Mavs in the second game. Grant Goldston added a solo homer.
The Leathernecks tied the game in the bottom half of the first, but Goldston's blast in the fourth allowed the Mavs to retake the lead. They pulled away with four runs in the sixth.
After trailing 9-0 in the first game, UNO scored three in the eighth and four in the ninth.
Breyden Eckhout was 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs, Eduardo Rosario hit a two-run homer and Parker Smejkal hit a solo homer in the ninth.
But the Leathernecks chased starter Richie Holetz in the fifth inning, tagging him for six runs, and added six more against reliever Easton Smith.
UNO and Western Illinois continue their series at 3 p.m. Friday.