North Texas Falls To Purdue On Final Day In Arizona
Mean Green Finishes 2-3 At Three-Day Hillenbrand Invitational
Feb. 14, 2016
TUCSON, Ariz. -- The North Texas softball team concluded play at the Hillenbrand Invitational on Sunday morning, falling to Purdue 6-1 in the their fifth and final game of the weekend.
The Boilermakers scored four runs in the second inning, while senior pitcher Lilly Fecho tossed a complete game, limiting the Mean Green (2-3) to just five hits in the contest. As a team, Purdue was 4-for-7 with runners in scoring position and 2-for-8 with two outs, scoring all four of their six runs with two outs in the inning.
“We ran into a great pitcher against Purdue,” head coach Tracey Kee said. “She did a great job of moving the ball around with an unbelievable off-speed pitch. It’s a credit to her. She did a nice job of shutting down on our offense. They capitalized on some pitching mistakes, with a walk, a hit batter and then a flare that falls in and then a shot. We have to do a better job of controlling the controllables.”
Junior Stacey Underwood (1-2) suffered the loss for North Texas, giving up four runs on three hits with two walks in 3.0 innings.
Purdue grabbed an early 4-0 lead, scoring all four runs with two outs in the second inning. The Boilermakers led off the scoring with a two-RBI bloop single to shallow right and then followed with a two-RBI double to deep left-center.
North Texas threatened in the sixth, loading the bases with one out after a single, a fielder’s obstruction call and a fielding error, but they were unable to push across a run in the inning.
Purdue added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the inning, extending their lead to 6-0, heading to the top of the seventh. Down to their final at-bats, third baseman Harley Perella hit a solo shot to right-center, her first career home run, to put North Texas on the board, but that was all that the Mean Green were able to muster in the inning.
“We got a good look at what we need to fix this week,” Kee said. “I told the team that it’s early in the season. We obviously would like to have more wins in the win column than we do, but we’ll get back to work this week, correct things and hopefully take some better games into Baylor.”
- Kelli Schkade as tallied a base hit in each of the five games this season
- Schkade has led the way at the plate for the Mean Green, going 9-for-17 with three doubles, three home runs, six runs and seven RBI for the weekend
- Between her three relief appearance against UCSB, Southern Utah and Purdue, Jessica Elder worked 12.2 innings and allowed just five runs on 13 hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
- North Texas was 2-for-7 with two outs and 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position, leaving five runners on base, including the bases loaded in the sixth inning
- Purdue was the second of eight power-five teams that North Texas will face this season. The Mean Green will face another power-five team next weekend in No. 16 Baylor
- With the loss to Purdue, North Texas is now 1-6 all-time against Big Ten opponents, including 0-2 against the Boilermakers
- North Texas is now 6-9 in games played during the opening weekend of the season under head coach Tracey Kee, including a 2-3 mark this weekend at the Hillenbrand Invitational
North Texas travels to Waco to compete in the Getterman Classic, hosted by No. 16 Baylor. They will play Northwestern State and Liberty on Friday, Feb. 19 and Baylor on Saturday, Feb. 20.