Mean Green Drop Saturday's Doubleheader

Feb. 11, 2017

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DENTON - The North Texas softball team was dealt two losses on Saturday, falling to Arkansas 11-0 in five innings and 8-6 to UMass Lowell in extra innings on day one of the North Texas Invitational.

"We challenged this team to do what they are capable of doing and to have all facets of your game not fire whatsoever, it's tough to get anything going," head coach Tracey Kee said. "We had nothing going for us, but we didn't create any for ourselves either. We've to be better moving forward."

The long ball was the story of the day as Arkansas, UML and North Texas combined to hit 12 home runs. Arkansas hit eight en route to back-to-back run-rule victories.

Game One: Arkansas vs. North Texas

Arkansas, coming off a 10-1 victory in its first game, kept swinging a hot bat against the Mean Green and secured an 11-0 victory, moving to 2-0 on the young season.

The Mean Green fell behind early, as the Razorbacks pushed two runs across in the top of the first on a two-run home run off the bat of Nicole Schroeder.

North Texas threatened to cut into Arkansas' lead in the second as Danielle Gregory earned a leadoff walk, and Lindsay Gregory reached on a bunt single, advancing Danielle to third. Nicole Ochotnicki struck out swinging, but not before Lindsay stole second. Danielle was doubled up at home plate while trying to score on the catcher's throw down to second. Lacy Gregory then hit a chopper to third to end the inning.

The Razorbacks pushed three runs across in the fourth, chasing starter Stacey Underwood. Though the results weren't what she was hoping for, Kee was pleased with the performance of her senior righty.

"Stacey did a good job of working both sides of the plate," Kee said. "My biggest take away was her demeanor. Despite things not going her way, she stayed calm, and if she can maintain that, we will be fine down the stretch."

Lauren Craine came on in relief, working 1.2 innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on five hits with two strikeouts and one walk.

The Mean Green once again threatened in the fifth, but were unable to extend the game past five innings.

Game Two: UMass Lowell vs. North Texas

In game two, the Mean Green (0-2) were unable to complete a late comeback, losing to the River Hawks 8-6 in eight innings.

Down, 5-0 in the bottom of the seventh, Hannah Gerecke led off the inning with a double and was driven home on Lacy's first career home run, cutting the deficit to three. Ochotnicki singled to left and later came around to score on a two-out RBI double by Kelli Schkade.

With two outs, Hanna Rebar belted a ball to deep left, sending the game to extra innings with a two-run shot.

Heading into extra innings, the international tie breaker was put into play with a runner starting on second base. The River Hawks (1-1) pushed three runs across, securing an 8-6 victory and ending the comeback bid for the North Texas.

"When you play two games and show up for two innings, you should fall into the loss column," Kee added. "We have to learn from that. Most coaches would be happy with the fight the team showed, but for me and my staff, we want to know where that spark was in the beginning."

North Texas had its scoring opportunities early, but couldn't push runs across in the front half of the game. The squad was unable to capitalize on a bases loaded, one out situation in the first inning, and the bats went silent until the seventh inning onslaught.

UML took a 2-0 lead on a two-run shot to center off the bat of Sydney Barker and tacked on another run in the third on a home run by Casey Harding.

Jessica Elder took the loss after throwing a complete game, allowing eight runs (five earned) with four strikeouts and a walk.

Lindsay and Lacy Gregory each recorded two hits in the loss.

Quick Hits

• All five of North Texas' freshman made their NCAA debuts against Arkansas.
Lindsay Gregory picked up the first hit of 2017 for the Mean Green.
Hanna Rebar's game-tying home run against UMass Lowell was the first of her career.
Grace Blagg pinch ran in the seventh inning against UMass Lowell, marking her Division I debut.
• The Mean Green stranded 11 baserunners in the two games.
• This was the first-ever meeting between UML and North Texas.
• Arkansas now owns a 2-1 record over the Mean Green.

Up Next For North Texas

The Mean Green will return to action on Sunday to complete the North Texas Invitational. North Texas, looking for its first win, will face UML at 11 a.m. and Arkansas at 1 p.m.



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