MACOMB, Ill. — Freshman Alex Schultz drove in two runs and scored two more as the University of Nebraska at Omaha stayed undefeated in the Summit League, downing Western Illinois 5-3 Saturday.
The Mavericks (14-15, 8-0) stretched their winning streak to eight games and stayed atop the conference standings. The streak is the longest for UNO since it won 11 in a row in 2011.
Schultz began the Mavs’ scoring in the second inning, when his two-out single drove in Tyler Splichal, a junior from Bellevue East. Papillion-La Vista South junior Caleb Palensky followed with a two-run double.
Western Illinois scored runs in the third and fifth innings off starter Steven Schoonover. But UNO pushed its lead back to two in the sixth, when Schultz’s fielder’s choice scored freshman Connor Messinger.
Three singles led to another Leatherneck run in the seventh to make it 4-3, but the Mavs scored an insurance run in the ninth. Schultz singled, advanced on Palensky’s sacrifice bunt, moved to third on a groundout and then scored when sophomore Alex Mortensen reached on a fielding error.
Western Illinois (7-25, 1-7) threatened in the bottom of the inning, putting two runners aboard with two outs. But UNO senior Derek Landis got Matt Risdon to fly out to end the threat.
Schoonover (2-2) picked up the win, allowing five hits in five innings. Landis earned his third save, pitching a scoreless 113 innings.
The Mavs next play at 2 p.m. Tuesday, when they host Iowa at Werner Park.