Perfect weekend for Mustang softball

Originally Published: April 2, 2008

It was a perfect weekend for the Mustang softball program as they competed at the UNO Classic in Omaha, Neb. They returned home with an unblemished 5-0 record, including impressive wins over Missouri Western, Northwest Missouri State and the host Nebraska-Omaha, all regionally ranked coming into the region. With the sweep, they improved their record to 15-6.

In the first game of the weekend on Saturday, Southwest faced Northwest Missouri State, the fifth-ranked team in the region. After three innings, the score was 7-2 Mustangs with most of the damage done in the 5-run second inning. After NWMSU tied the score at eight in the top half of the sixth inning, the Mustangs went to work. After Amanda Burkhart doubled to put runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out, Angie Rohne delivered the game-winning RBI on an infield single. An insurance run was later added by Katie Turner on an RBI single to push the lead to 10-8, the eventual final score.

After winning two more games Saturday, the Mustangs played their first game Sunday against sixth-ranked Missouri Western. It was an 11-inning thriller that finally ended on a single by Burkhart to give the Mustangs the 4-3 win, the only time Southwest led during the game. Amanda Johnson pitched the entire game for the Mustangs, tying the school record for innings pitched in a single game. She already shared the record with Amber Goodell, who originally set the record against St. Cloud State on March 31, 2005. Johnson retired 15 of the final 16 batters she faced.

The Mustangs concluded their weekend against Nebraska-Omaha, who is the nation’s third-ranked team. The game was tied at 2 after five innings, but that was when Southwest’s offense kicked in. In the sixth inning, the Mustangs scored six runs on four hits, aided by two errors by UNO. Pinch runner Janeane Robinson scored on a throwing error, before Jessica Paczosa hit a two-run single to make the score 5-2. After a base hit by Meaghan Laetsch, Erin Dickhausen ripped a two-run double to left. Dickhausen scored one batter later on a groundout by Burkhart to cap the scoring.

With her success this weekend, Dickhausen was named NSIC Player of the Week. It is her third time winning this award in her career and the third Mustang to earn it this season. Over the weekend she combined a .450 batting average (9-20), with three doubles, two triples and her first home run of the season.

The region’s top-ranked Mustangs will play next today (Wed., April 2) against Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Ia. This is the beginning of NSIC play for Southwest. The Mustangs’ first home game will be April 15 against Wayne State.

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