FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Omaha softball team split a doubleheader with Purdue Fort Wayne on Saturday afternoon at the Purdue Fort Wayne Softball Complex.
The Mavericks are now 4-35 overall, and 2-10 in Summit League play. The Mastodons move to 8-29 (3-9).
Omaha returns to action with a midweek game against Creighton on Tuesday, April 16. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. at Westside Field at Westbrook.
Omaha 9, Purdue Fort Wayne 4
Alexa Sedlak finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a grand slam and four RBI to lead the Mavericks. Lexi Burkhardt went 1-for-3 with a run scored and three RBI. Lauren Lauvetz went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Jamie White added a 2-for-3 effort, while Emily Klosterman finished 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Halley Jones (1-9) picked up her first win of the season by allowing four runs on four hits and eight walks with four strikeouts over 6.2 innings. Sydney Hampton walked one and struck out one in a third of an inning.
Lauren Watson finished 3-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs scored to lead Purdue Fort Wayne. Sydney Windlan went 1-for-3 with a double and three RBI.
Starter Alyssa Malicki (3-10) allowed nine runs on 11 hits and three walks with a strikeout over 6.0 innings. Shaina Eyre walked two in an inning of work.
Purdue took the early lead in the bottom of the first. Windlan worked a bases-loaded walk to put the Mastodons in front 1-0.
Omaha scored five runs in the top of the third to take the lead. Lauvetz hit an RBI single to center to tie the game. Following a walk to load the bases, Sedlak lofted a 1-1 offering over the left field fence for her first career grand slam to give the Mavericks a 5-1 lead.
Omaha added insurance runs in the top of the fifth. Burkhardt hit a two-run double to left center field, and then came in on Klosterman’s single that increased the lead to 8-1. In the seventh, Burkhardt drew a bases-loaded walk to push the advantage to 9-1.
Purdue Fort Wayne scored three times in the bottom of the seventh, but Hampton closed the game for Omaha with a strikeout to secure the win.
Purdue Fort Wayne 6, Omaha 4
Klosterman and Natalie Mostek each went 1-for-4 to lead the Mavericks in game two. Mostek hit a solo home run, while Klosterman had a double and an RBI. Burkhardt finished 1-for-3 with a run scored, while Lauvetz, Hailey Bartz and Janae Cameron each singled for Omaha.
Hampton (1-15) allowed six runs on 11 hits and two walks with four strikeouts over 6.0 innings.
Lacey Wilzbacher went 2-for-3 with a double, triple and two RBI to lead the Mastodons. Windlan and Morganne Denny each homered.
Lauren McConnell (4-8) allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and six walks with two strikeouts over 7.0 innings.
Mostek gave Omaha a 1-0 lead in the top of the second with a solo home run to right center field.
The Mastodons countered with three runs in the bottom of the second. Windlan opened the inning with a solo homer. Wilzbacher put Purdue Fort Wayne in front 3-1 with a two-run double.
The Mavericks made it a 3-2 game in the top of the third as Sedlak scampered home on a wild pitch. Purdue Fort Wayne increased its lead with a single run in the fifth and two more in the sixth.
Omaha made it interesting in the top of the seventh. Klosterman hit a two-run double and Burkhardt scored on a fielding error to make it a 6-4 game, but the Mastodons were able to prevent further damage and hold on for the win.