When UNO and Northwestern State meet this weekend at Maestri Field, one thing is certain: Both teams will be well-rested.
UNO (18-14, 4-8 Southland) was supposed to face UL-Lafayette in a nonconference game Wednesday, but rain canceled the meeting.
Northwestern State (17-15, 8-7) had the week off.
The teams begin their series at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
“The rainout gives these guys another day’s rest,” UNO first-year coach Blake Dean said. “We would have liked to get some at-bats, but on the other side it gives us another day to get these guys’ feet back under them and get them ready to roll.”
UNO will go with the same pitching rotation it used last week. Shawn Semple will get the ball Friday; Riley Hodge will throw Saturday; and Sunday’s starter is undetermined. The Privateers started Bryan Warzek last Sunday in a trial role. but after he gave up three runs in the first inning of a loss to McNeese State, Dean said he planned to move Warzek back to his previous role as midweek starter.
UNO was swept and has dropped 11 of its past 13 games.
The Demons will counter with Adam Oller on Friday, Chase Hymel on Saturday and Evan Tidwell for the series finale. Northwestern State enters with a team ERA of 3.22 and all three starters have an ERA under 3.00.
Samuel Capielano enters the week having boosted his average significantly over the past two weeks. Capielano has a hit in nine of his past 10 games and has four multi-hit efforts. In that stretch, Capielano has raised his batting average 51 points and has moved back into the No. 1 hole in the order, where he started the year.
“He’s coming back around,” Dean said of Capielano.
“His wrist is feeling better and he’s just had some bumps and bruises. More importantly, he’s getting his confidence back and with Palmer hitting well in the lead-off spot, it gives Sammy a chance to get back in a groove.”