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**Opponent Preview - Omaha** Games 12 and 38

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Nebraska plays their first game against an in-state foe as the home opener for the 2019 Baseball Season vs Omaha on March 5th at 1:35 pm.

Omaha finished 15-35 overall and 10-17 in the Summit League.

Nebraska lost the only game against Omaha last year, 7-8.

Omaha finished 284 in RPI last year (Only 297 teams in Division 1 Baseball)

Omaha returns both their leading hitter and weekend ERA leader (based on starts) Braden Rogers (.280) and Joey Machado (4.35)

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Omaha is selected to finish 3rd in the Summit League according to College Baseball Daily:


Omaha (2018 Record: 15-35, 10-17)

Omaha had some big wins over Northwestern and Nebraska from the Big Ten. But they finished fifth in the Summit League and missed out on the conference tournament.

Returning Players

Outfielder Thomas Debonville will try to become the leader of the offense after hitting .259 last year with 37 runs scored, 6 home runs, 28 RBI, and 21 stolen bases. First baseman Braden Rogers led the team with a .280 average last year and will be back. Keil Krumwiede should return to shortstop after hitting .228 last year with 2 home runs and 26 RBI. He also could see time on the mound.

Joey Machado should lead the weekend rotation after posting a 4.35 ERA in 2018 over 82.2 innings pitched with 50 strikeouts. Andrew Brighton could take a weekend rotation spot as well after posting a 4.85 ERA last year in 59.1 innings with 17 strikeouts. Cal Hehnke was their best pitcher in 2018 with a 3.86 ERA in 60.2 innings pitched with 58 strikeouts and 5 saves. Payton Kinney had a 3.31 ERA in 16.1 innings with 14 strikeouts. Spencer Koelewyn made 11 starts last year and had a 4.04 ERA in 49 innings pitched with 35 strikeouts.


Brett Bonar is a transfer who will compete for time behind the plate. Matt Bondarchuk is also a transfer, but he will look for time in the outfield.

Jacob Mohler and Jacob Alcorn are both transfers who will add some depth to the pitching staff. Richie Holetz is a freshman who could see significant innings right away.

Outlook for 2019

“We look to improve upon consistency of play throughout the full season. Our added depth should help us obtain consistency.” – Head Coach Evan Porter



Predicted Order to Finish:

1. Oral Roberts


3. Omaha

4. South Dakota State

5. Western Illinois

6. Purdue Fort Wayne


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Omaha picked to finish 5th according to the Summit League Preseason Coaches Poll:


2019 Summit League Baseball Preseason Poll
Place Team Points (1st) 2018 Record
1. Oral Roberts 25 (5) 38-20 (24-6)
2. South Dakota State 21 (1) 18-32 (14-13)
3. North Dakota State 17 26-24 (15-13)
4. Western Illinois 12 17-31 (14-12)
5. Omaha 9 15-35 (10-17)
6. Fort Wayne 6 11-37 (7-23)

Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.


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