Left-hander Bryan Warzek shut out South Alabama on five hits over seven innings, leading UNO to an 8-2 nonconference victory Tuesday at Maestri Field.
“When we pitch well, we normally swing the bats pretty well,” Privateers first-year coach Blake Dean said. “Warzek has good stuff. Today he was able to throw some secondary pitches for strikes besides his fastball, which was key to his success and kept them off his fastball.
“He also let our defense work, and our defense is pretty good.”
The Privateers (16-5) banged out 12 hits, with No. 8 hitter Chaz Boyer going 2-for-4 with two runs and No. 9 hitter Robinson going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run.
Left fielder Ryan Calloway, shortstop Aaron Palmer and third baseman Dakota Dean each had two hits, and designated Hezekiah Randolph drove in two runs with sacrifice flies.
UNO took a 4-0 lead into the eighth and scored four runs on four hits to seal the victory.
Warzek (1-1) struck out five and walked five, three in the first two innings. The Jaguars (15-6) scored two runs on three hits in the ninth against reliever Hunter Medine.
Warzek also had runners on first and second in the fourth inning, but he got out of the jam on a double-play grounder, one of two by the infield. He issued his other two walks in the sixth, both with one out, but got the next two hitters on groundouts to the right side of the infield.
The victory was the third in four games for UNO and ended a three-game winning streak by the Jaguars, members of the Sun Belt Conferece. The Privateers return to Southland Conference play Thursday with a three-game series at Lamar.
The Privateers took a 3-0 lead by the second inning. UNO scored a run in the first against South Alabama starter Harrison Spruiell (1-1) on Randolph’s bases-loaded fly that scored Calloway.
Two runs scored in the second, chasing Spruiell. Boyer hit a one-out double and came home on a fielding error after right fielder Jay Robinson’s single to left.
Robinson stole second and scored on shortstop Aaron Palmer’s two-out single to center field.
The lead reached 4-0 in the bottom of the seventh when Dakota Dean, the coach’s brother, hit a one-out triple off the right-field wall then scored on Randolph’s sac fly to right.