A day after suffering its first two Summit League losses this season, UNO responded in a big way Sunday, pounding 24 hits en route to defeating North Dakota State 19-11 at the Ballpark at Boys Town.
Seven Mavericks had multi-hit performances. Tyler Splichal and Ryan Keele, both seniors from Bellevue East, led the charge. Splichal went 5 for 6 with four runs scored and four RBIs. Keele homered twice and finished 3 for 6.
Junior Caleb Palensky and freshman Clayton Taylor each had four hits.
The Mavericks' 24 hits were the most of any UNO squad in coach Bob Herold's 14-year tenure.
NDSU (17-17, 5-5) went up 1-0 in the top of the second before UNO broke the game open in the bottom of the inning. Keele's leadoff homer to right center ignited the 10-hit, 10-run inning. As UNO batted around, Splichal, Alex Schultz and Taylor all notched two hits apiece in the inning. Splichal's two-run single and Palensky's two-run double highlighted the inning.
The Bison made it 10-5 with a four-run third inning, and but UNO responded with four of its own in the bottom half to push it to 14-5.
Reliever Dylan Casey (3-0) picked up the win. Over two innings of scoreless work, he struck out a career-high four batters. NDSU starter Trevor Jaunich (2-4) took the loss, giving up eight earned runs on 10 hits over two innings.
UNO returns to action at 11 a.m. Friday at Fort Wayne, Ind.