Despite a season-high 19 hits, UNO dropped its series opener at Northern Colorado Thursday afternoon 13-12 in 10 innings.
The score was tied at 2-2 after the second inning and 3-3 after the third before the Mavs went up 4-3 in the fifth. Northern Colorado then came back for three runs in the sixth, going ahead 6-4.
In the top of the seventh, Omaha exploded for six runs. Alex Mortensen and Ryan Keele singled and Connor Messinger was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Alex Schultz, who singled to score Mortensen. Cole Gruber later doubled to plate Schultz and Messinger and Brett Bass followed with a two-run double. Tyler Splichal's single made it 10-6.
The lead was short-lived as UNC (5-11) responded with six hits in the bottom of the frame and took advantage of a Maverick error to score five runs and go ahead 11-10. Omaha tied it again with a run in the ninth as Keele's RBI single scored freshman Marcus Ethen to send the game into extra innings.
The Mavericks (5-10) regained the lead in the top of the 10th, starting it off with Schultz's single. He advanced to third on a UNC error and Cory Buckley's infield single made it 12-11 UNO.
The Bears' Derek Baum led off the home 10th with a single and Joe Love and Landon Moseley each reached on a fielder's choice to put two on with one out. A passed ball advanced both runners into scoring position and pinch hitter Colby Harrison's RBI ground out scored Love. With two outs, Dylan Banach singled to score Moseley with Northern Colorado's 18th hit.
Eian Raeber (1-1) earned the win, allowing one run on two hits with two strikeouts and two walks in the 10th inning. The loss went to Josh Bullock (0-1), who gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits with a strikeout over the last 3.1 innings.