Nation's Longest Winning Streak Ends at 16 as Mavericks Pound Bison, 9-1
Release: April 08, 2012
OMAHA, Neb. - Nebraska Omaha scored five runs in its final two at-bats to avoid a four-game sweep with a 9-1 win over North Dakota State in college baseball Sunday, April 8, at the Ballpark at Boys Town.
North Dakota State (22-6) had its school-record 16-game winning streak snapped. It was the longest active streak in Division I and the third longest in Summit League history behind Missouri State's 18 in 1989 and Oral Roberts' 17 in 2000.
Nebraska Omaha (10-22) pounded out 13 hits and every starter had at least one after leadoff man Brady Hohl's three-run double with two outs in the seventh that gave UNO a 7-1 lead.
NDSU had only five hits and scored its only run in the top of the first inning when pitcher/designated hitter Zach Wentz hit his third home run of the season. Wentz (1-2) allowed four runs on eight hits with four walks and four strikeouts.
It was a 4-1 game into the seventh and the Mavericks were down to their last strike with NDSU's top of the lineup due to hit in the eighth. UNO's Alex Mortensen extended the inning with a single up the middle, and a hit batter and walk set up Hohl's double.
NDSU went down in order in the eighth and the Mavericks expanded the lead in the bottom half with three straight hits. Mark Waldron hit a one-out double, Connor McCrite tripled and Scotty Donner singled to make it 9-1.
UNO's Zach Williamsen pitched seven innings for the win. Williamsen allowed five hits and one walk with two strikeouts and upped his record to 2-1 on the year.
North Dakota State hosts Mayville State at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, and opens Summit League play with a four-game series at Western Illinois beginning Friday, April 13.