FORT COLLINS, Colo., March 8 – Southern Utah (4-13) took an 8-2 victory over Nebraska-Omaha (12-8) in the opening game of the Colorado State Classic on Saturday to pick up back-to-back wins for the first time this season. Freshman pitcher Jordan Theurer struck out seven batters and catcher Lyndsey Healey drove in three runs in the win. The Thunderbirds dropped their second contest of the day to the host Rams by a score of 8-0.
SUU junior Sarah Park lead off the game with a triple and the Thunderbirds went on to put up three runs in the opening inning. Kylee Wolf drove in the first score with an RBI single to right and Terysa Dyer walked in a run with the bases loaded. Healey drove a single back up the middle to plate Kadi Henderson and Southern Utah led 3-0 after one.
Theurer added another RBI in the third and four more runs in the top of the fourth had the Thunderbirds in front 8-0. SUU came up with five two-out hits in the frame, including a base-knock from Healey that drove in her second and third runs of the contest.
The Mavericks got on the board with an RBI single from Campbell Ditto in the bottom of the fifth and Allie Matthewson added a solo home run in the final frame to set the final count at 8-2.
Theurer (3-4) went all seven innings in the circle for SUU to pick up her third win of the season. Lizzlie Noble (1-2) was charged with the loss after throwing just a third of an inning.
Southern Utah outhit Omaha, 13-5 and both teams committed one error. The Thunderbirds took their second win of the year over the Mavs after an earning an early victory against UNO at the Red Desert Classic.
Southern Utah’s bats cooled off in its second matchup of the day as the T-Birds dropped an 8-0 decision to the host Rams in five innings. CSU erupted for six runs in the bottom of the second, including a base clearing double off the bat of Danielle Wikre. Hutton also drove in a pair of runs during the rally and Larisa Petakoff (2-3) tossed a complete game shutout. Ariel Hart (1-4) took the loss for SUU after giving up seven runs on four hits in 1.2 innings.
The Thunderbirds close out the tournament on Sunday by facing Dayton at 9:00 a.m. Coverage of SUU softball is available online at www.suutbirds.com.