Mean Green Falls To No. 15 Washington To Wrap Up Weekend
North Texas Keeps Pace Early, Overpowered Late in Littlewood Finale Loss
Box Score: No. 15 Washington 11, North Texas 5
Season Cumulative Statistics
TEMPE, Ariz. - After gaining some much needed confidence in a strong showing yesterday, North Texas look poised to take a second shot at No. 15 Washington on Sunday afternoon in the Littlewood Classic finale. The Mean Green went toe-to-toe with the high caliber Huskies for seven innings, but for every punch North Texas threw, UW had an answer. In a game that was much closer than the final scoreboard showed, Washington was able to outlast North Texas for the second straight day, 11-5.
Struggling to find a replacement for former ace Ashley Kirk, North Texas has swayed towards more of a pitch-by-committee approach this season. All four members of the Mean Green pitching staff made an appearance in today's game. Senior Madison Thompson, the game's starter, seemed to have command through three innings, only allowing two runs to the potent Husky offense. She would end up finishing with no decision.
In fact, Washington was held scoreless for three of their six team at bats. The terror innings came in the fourth and sixth, in which the rest of the North Texas staff combined to allow nine runs on seven hits, three walks, two hit batsman and one error from inside the circle.
As has been the theme through the first ten games of 2015, regardless of the deficit, the North Texas bats showed up to play. Trailing 2-0 in the top of the fourth, Kelli Schkade took a leadoff walk before Mallory Land put a drive into one deep over the wall for a game-tying two run blast, a convenient time for her first collegiate career home run.
Fireworks again appeared in the top of the sixth when offensive juggernaut Taylor Schoblocher and Kat Strunk hit back-to-back jacks. A Karly Williams double down the line would keep the rally going, later freshman Sarah Barker would patiently take a walk with the bases loaded to add another run.
As the offense continues to stay hot for North Texas, the pitching staff continues to make strides thanks to the experience of playing Top 25 teams. Transfer Stacey Underwood came on for one inning of relief in a tough spot with runners at 2nd and 3rd with no outs, and finished with no hits and no runs (uninherited) to her name.
After closing out the tough Littlewood Classic in Tempe, North Texas doesn't get a reprieve next weekend when it faces three more ranked opponents (No. 2 Oregon, No. 9 Baylor and No. 22 Tulsa) in the Baylor Inviational. The Mean Green opens up with a game against Abilene Christian on Friday, Feb. 20, at 9:30 AM CT in Waco, Texas. Make sure to check back later this week on MeanGreenSports.com for the weekend's Game Day page to follow all the action.
- North Texas is now 0-10 against Pac-12 opponents and 8-83 against Top 25 opponents. The Mean Green will face two top ten teams this upcoming weekend as well as former Conference USA foe Tulsa, also ranked in the Top 25.
- Reigning National Player of the Week Schoblocher now has eight home runs, 18 hits, 19 RBI, 44 total bases and a .667 batting average. All of which lead the team. The junior has now moved into a tie for 6th on the all-time career home runs list for North Texas with 24, needing only one more to move up to the next spot. She went 7 for 9 (.778) with one home run, one double, two RBI and two runs in three games against No. 15 Washington (twice) and No. 21 Arizona State this weekend.