Stronger Second Day Showing Brings Softball Optimism
North Texas Goes Toe-to-Toe With No. 15 Washington, Blows Past Boston
Box Score: No. 15 Washington 5, North Texas 2
Box Score: North Texas 14, Boston University 4
Season Cumulative Statistics
TEMPE, Ariz. - After a rough outing in day one, North Texas softball gained some much needed confidence with a stronger showing in day two of the Arizona State Littlewood Classic. In the morning's early game, the Mean Green went toe-to-toe with No. 15 Washington before eventually falling narrowly, 5-2. Later in the afternoon, the temperature wasn't the only thing heating up as the bats of North Texas led the way for a 14-4 run rule victory in five innings.
Searching for its first ever win against a Pac-12 opponent, the Mean Green seemed to be the first team to wake up in the early game this morning, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning by way of a Kat Strunk two run blast over the centerfield wall. Sophomore Kenzie Grimes looked commanding from the circle early on, getting out of a bases loaded jam in the first and holding the Huskies scoreless through 2.2 innings.
Unlike yesterday, North Texas was able to avoid giving up the "big inning" as Washington was forced to chip away slowly, scoring once in the third, fourth, and fifth, before finally adding two final insurance runs in the sixth. Also a sign of improvement from day one: The Huskies worked hard to scrap across each and every run as only two walks ended up later scoring. North Texas also played an errorless game in the field, after two key errors played a role in last night's loss to ASU.
North Texas would threaten one final time in its last at bat. After Dani Hoff singled and Bryanna Wade reached on an error, Conference USA Pre-Season All-Conference team member Spencer Ferrell represented the tying run at the plate. Unfortunately she was unable to keep the rally going, grounding out to the first baseman to end the game.
Game two of the day seemed to have a "must-win" feel to it for North Texas, a team who suddenly had found itself in the middle of a five game losing skid. Boston University, seeking its first win of the season, quickly discovered it would prove to be no match for the hungry Mean Green.
After Taylor Schoblocher's seventh homerun of the season made the score 4-1 through three innings, North Texas would finally find a chance to bust the game wide open with a big inning of their own. In the top of the fourth, the Terriers ran into a nightmare. The Mean Green batted around the order and loaded up the bases several times en route to nine runs on six hits and a Boston error.
Sophomore Stacey Underwood would come in for her second relief appearance of the day, needing only to coast to preserve the first victory of the tournament. She ran into trouble early with the first three batters she faced, giving up back-to-back singles and then a three run blast to Boston's Gabi Martinez. However, Underwood would buckle down, retiring the next three in a row.
Boston would threaten one last time, loading up the bases with two outs in the bottom of the fifth and Martinez once again at the plate. In a classic pitcher-batter duel, Underwood finally got her revenge by getting Martinez to fly out to Sarah Barker in shallow left field with a full count.
After finally halting the losing skid and picking up their first win in Tempe, North Texas will look to wrap up the weekend with a chance at revenge against No. 15 Washington tomorrow at 11:00 AM MT/12:00 PM CT. Make sure to check out the Game Day page to follow all the action.
- Ferrell blasted a ball through the gap in right center to the wall for a triple against Boston. The 3B is the second in the sophomore's career.
- North Texas is now 0-9 against Pac-12 opponents and 8-82 against Top 25 opponents, with one matchup left to play with No. 15 Washington.
- Reigning National Player of the Week Schoblocher now has seven home runs, 15 hits, 18 RBI, 37 total bases and a .652 batting average. All of which lead the team. The sophomore has now moved into sole possession of 7th on the all-time career home runs list for North Texas with 23, needing only one more to move up.
- The Mean Green is now 2-2 this season in games that end earlier than seven innings due to the run rule. Both victories have come at a score of 14-4 (Boise State, Boston).