Feb. 8, 2014
NT 4, Georgia 7 Box Score
NT 2, Winthrop 5 Box Score
ATHENS, Ga. – In its second day at the seventh-annual Red and Black Showcase hosted by Georgia, the Mean Green softball team (1-3) dropped both of its contests, the first to the 23rd-ranked Bulldogs, 7-4, and the second to Winthrop, 5-2.
In its second meeting of the weekend with Georgia, North Texas fought much harder than in its first meeting with the Bulldogs the night before.
“I felt we approached the Georgia game much better today in terms of energy, and we threw well,” head coach Tracey Kee said. “They are a quality team, and the game was much closer than the score indicated.”
Starting first baseman Dani Hoff knocked in Kat Strunk in the first inning for the early lead. The Mean Green then generated two more runs in the second when catcher Bryana Wade doubled down the right field line to score Jordan Terry from first.
It led the Bulldogs, 3-0, until the Georgia bats got hot, ripping off seven straight runs. North Texas attempted a late comeback, scoring one run in the top of the sixth inning when Sarah McGann pinch hit for Spencer Ferrell, who knocked in Terry.
But the Mean Green rally ended there as Georgia completed the two-game sweep of North Texas.
In its second game of the evening with junior Madison Thompson in the circle, NT faced Winthrop for the first time in program history, but it could not cash in on 10 runners left stranded including a bases-loaded situation in the second inning.
“I think when you look at this game tonight, I couldn’t have asked anymore from Madison Thompson,” coach Kee continued. “She put us in a position to win that game, and sadly, our offense wasn’t able to capitalize on all the runners that were left on base. You cannot leave that many runners on base and win at this level of softball.”
Kee’s group held a 1-0 lead after four innings, but Winthrop’s Kristy Noble cleared the bases with a grand slam in the top of the fifth.
North Texas would register one more run in the seventh but that would be it.
“We pitched well enough to win two games today,” coach Kee concluded.
North Texas plays Winthrop once more on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 9 a.m. CST, which will conclude its stay in Athens, Ga.