Softball: Mavericks’ doubleheader with UMKC canceled

UNO’s home softball doubleheader Tuesday against Kansas City has been canceled because of UMKC’s delayed travel home following a weekend series at Grand Canyon in Phoenix.

The Kangaroos played an 11-inning game at Grand Canyon on Saturday and were unable to make their flight back to Kansas City. UMKC was not able to find a flight out of Phoenix in time to return home and get to Omaha for Tuesday’s games.…

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Baseball: Kansas State at UNO

When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Werner Park

Scouting Kansas State (17-10): Center fielder Ross Kivett hit .588 (10 for 17) with three doubles, a triple, a homer and seven RBIs in four games last week to earn Big 12 player of the week. He hit for the cycle against Nebraska, then went 6 for 12 against Creighton. For the season he’s hitting .376 with 21 RBIs in 27 games. … Freshman Nate Griep of Millard West was named the Big 12’s newcomer of the week the previous week, then helped the Wildcats to a series win over Creighton with an 8-2 win Sunday, allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out five in seven innings. … RJ Santigate is hitting a team-best .380. … …

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UNO extends Hansen’s contract

UNO announced Sunday that the school had extended men’s basketball coach Derrin Hansen’s contract to a four-year deal through June 30, 2018.

Hansen is 149-121 over nine seasons as UNO’s head coach. In 2013-14, Hansen guided the Mavericks to a 17-record and the program’s first Division I postseason appearance in school history. The Mavericks went 1-1 in the Postseason Tournament.

“I would like to thank Chancellor Christensen, Trev Alberts and Josh White for their support and confidence in me and our entire staff to move our basketball program through the transition to UNO’s Division I era,” Hansen said in a press release. “It gives us considerable stability in recruiting and coaching as we build for the future here at Omaha. The success our team …

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Baseball: South Dakota State at UNO

When: Noon Sunday (doubleheader)
Where: Ballpark at Boys Town

Scouting SDSU: The Jackrabbits (12-12, 1-1) opened Summit League play by splitting a two-game series at Western Illinois. … Creighton swept South Dakota State on March 14 and 15 by scores of 5-4 and 3-1. … SDSU was runner-up to UNO in the Summit regular-season race last year, then won the postseason tournament (UNO is ineligible to compete in the postseason as a program transitioning to Division I). The Jackrabbits finished 35-24. … Reliever J.D. Moore was named the Summit’s preseason pitcher of the year by Collegiate Baseball, but he’s struggled thus far with an 11.05 ERA in 71⁄3 innings. He does have three saves, however. … Chris Anderson is 1-2 with a 1.79 ERA in …

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Mavericks waiting to learn next CIT opponent

UNO’s second-round opponent for the tournament was still being determined early Thursday morning.

UNO coach Derrin Hansen said there was a “95 percent chance” the Mavericks would have played their second-round game at Missouri State. However, the Bears lost to Murray State 66-63 on Wednesday. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi beat Northern Colorado, another potential regional opponent.

The CIT uses the old NIT format, matching opponents somewhat geographically after each round is complete.

UNO associate athletic director Josh White said the Mavericks are unable to play at Ralston Arena this weekend. He said UNO’s most likely second-round opponent would be either Murray State, San Diego or Pacific.

Other first-round winners in the CIT were Holy Cross, Columbia, Yale, Towson, VMI, East Tennessee State, Wright State, Ohio, …

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Baseball: UNO vs. Dartmouth

When: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Where: Lawrence, Kan.

Scouting UNO: The Mavericks are coming off a home sweep of Air Force, which evened their record at 8-8. … Cole Gruber leads UNO in hitting (.381), on-base percentage (.443), slugging percentage (.492), hits (24) and stolen bases (five), and is tied for the team lead in runs (14). … Gruber is third in the Summit League in hitting, while teammate Alex Schultz (.373) is fifth. … Clayton Taylor leads the team and is second in the Summit in RBIs (14).

Scouting Dartmouth: The Big Green are 1-5 after opening the season with series against a pair of national top-30 teams in Florida International and TCU. … Dartmouth stays in Lawrence for a three-game series …

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Softball: Wichita State at UNO

When: 5 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Westside Field at Westbrook

Scouting UNO: The Mavericks (16-9) went 2-1 at the Fighting Illini Classic last weekend, their final tournament of the spring. Amber Lutmer leads the team with a .384 batting average and a Summit League-best 11 home runs and 34 RBIs. Her solo home run against Illinois was the 45th of her career, best in school history. Pitcher Dana Elsasser is 13-4 with a 1.56 ERA. She has six shutouts.

Scouting Wichita State: The Shockers (15-9) opened Missouri Valley play last weekend by taking two of three from Loyola. Paige Luellen leads the team with a .387 average, six home runs and 29 RBIs. Cacy Williams is hitting .373 with five home runs and 29 RBIs. The …

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Mavs’ Simmons eliminated from dunk contest

UNO senior Justin Simmons was eliminated from the Dark Horse Dunker contest on Monday, falling to winner Marcus Lewis of Eastern Kentucky in the final round.

The winner was determined by a five-week online fan vote through Facebook that began Feb. 10.

“I truly appreciate the great support from our fans through this entire dunk contest,” Simmons said. “I wish I could thank everyone personally. We made a great run to the championship round and came up just short. This was an incredible opportunity in my senior year, and I am thankful for the chance to have represented Omaha nationally.”

Voting began with 16 finalists, and Simmons won his round one matchup against Deonte Jones of Texas Wesleyan. Round two, which began Feb. 24, pitted …

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Baseball: Air Force at UNO

When: 1 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Where: Ballpark at Boys Town

Scouting Air Force: The Falcons are 4-10, with their most recent games a sweep at the hands of Arizona, by scores of 14-2 and 10-2. … Cameron White is 1-2 with a 4.94 ERA in four starts, holding opponents to a .239 batting average while striking out 29 in 271⁄3 innings. … Tyler Jones leads the offense, with a .277 average and team highs of six doubles and 10 RBIs. … Air Force leads the all-time series 4-2.

Scouting UNO: The Mavs are looking to snap a four-game losing streak. … Weekend pitching rotation will by Tyler Fox, Zach Williamsen and Marcus Ethen. … Alex Schultz’s .383 batting average ranks fourth in the Summit …

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Baseball: UNO at Kansas State

When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Tointon Stadium, Manhattan, Kan.

Scouting UNO: Mavericks (5-7) try to bounce back after losing the final three games of a four-game series at Grand Canyon, where they were outscored 28-10. Kansas State beat Grand Canyon 9-4 and 11-1 the previous weekend. … Cole Gruber (.408) leads the Mavs in hitting, hits (20), slugging percentage (.510), on-base percentage (.463) and runs (nine). … Clayton Taylor has a team-high nine RBIs, while Connor Messinger’s four doubles lead the team. … UNO hosts Air Force in a three-game series at Boys Town that starts Friday. The Mavs have also added a three-game, neutral-site series in Lawrence, Kan., against Dartmouth for March 18 to 20.

Scouting Kansas State: Millard West product Nate Griep is …

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