Mean Green Defeats Lamar, Falls to GCU On Friday

Feb. 17, 2017

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WACO, Texas - North Texas split its doubleheader on day one of the Getterman Classic with a 6-3 win over the Lamar Cardinals Friday morning, and a 7-3 loss to Grand Canyon University in the afternoon at Getterman Stadium on the campus of Baylor.

"I thought we played better today than we did last weekend," head coach Tracey Kee said. "With this young team it's going to be a matter of time and a process. We just have to keep grinding away and getting better every time we take the field."

Game One
North Texas 6, Lamar 3

The Mean Green offense put up six runs against Lamar's pitching staff, paving the way for Stacey Underwood's second win of the season.

Underwood (2-1) tossed 6.1 innings in the win, limiting the Cardinals' offense to three runs on seven hits with three strikeouts. Jessica Elder relieved her, tossing two-thirds of an inning to earn the save, the first of her career.

"Stacey threw a great game and was able to put a win in the win column for us" Kee added. "Lamar is a great hitting team, but she did a nice job of keeping them at bay. Jessica also did a nice job in relief to get us out of the jam."

Lacy Gregory put North Texas on the board early, homering to left field in the bottom of the first inning, her team-leading second long ball of the young season.

"Lacy is a pure hitter," Kee continued. "She has a great eye and can really put a charge into the ball."

Lamar (2-4) threatened to knot things up in the second after an error by Lindsay Gregory and a walk, but Underwood escaped the jam by inducing a 5-3-2 double play to end the inning.

Underwood then worked around a two-out triple in the third by Lamar's Brittany Rodriguez, getting Brynn Baca to fly out to deep left-center to end the threat.

In the bottom half of the third, North Texas extended its lead to 2-0 after Kelli Schkade reached on an infield single and later came around to score on a wild pitch.

Lamar tied things up in the fifth on a two-strike, two-out, two-run single up the middle by Baca. Underwood then walked Kelly Meeuwsen to load the bases, but got Paige Holmes to ground out to second to end the inning.

After Lamar tied things in the top of the fifth, North Texas responded in the bottom half of the inning with two runs of its own. Lindsay and Lacy Gregory reached on back-to-back two-out singles. After Danielle Gregory walked to load the bases, Hanna Rebar delivered a two-run single up the middle to regain the lead at 4-2.

Harley Perella added to the Mean Green's lead in the sixth with an RBI double that split the gap in left-center, scoring Hannah Gerecke, and later came around to score on a triple to right field by Schkade.

The Mean Green finished with nine base hits, tying a season high. Schkade and Lacy Gregory each collected two hits.

Game Two
GCU 7, North Texas 3

North Texas (2-4) was unable to hold onto its lead late, falling to GCU (7-0) 7-3 in the second game of the day.

With the score knotted at three in the sixth, GCU's Laynee Gomez singled to start the inning. She advanced to third on a throwing error by Perella and later scored the go-ahead run on an infield single to first by Madelyn Dowdle.

The Lopes added three more runs in the frame, finishing the scoring at 7-3 in their favor.

North Texas' Lauren Craine went four innings, allowing three runs on five hits with one strikeout and three walks. Underwood (2-2) took the loss in relief, going 1.1 innings, allowing four runs - three earned - on four hits.

"I was really pleased with Lauren's performance," Kee added. "She threw four quality innings and if she can continue to do that for us, we will be fine."

The Mean Green opened the scoring early, plating two runs in the opening frame against GCU.

"I thought the team did a great job swinging the bat today," Kee added. "Hitting is contagious. When one person gets on, we can turn our lineup over and good things can happen."

Schkade singled to left, stole second and advanced to third on single up the middle by Camille Grahmann. Schkade later scored on a bases loaded walk to Danielle Gregory and Nicole Ochotnicki grounded into a double play, scoring Grahmann.

In the home half of the second, the Lopes put runners in scoring position after Loriann Olson singled up the middle and Dowdle drew a walk, but Craine was able to get Bianca Bolin to hit a lazy fly ball to left to end the threat.

Craine then worked around a one-out single in the third, striking out Sierra Smith swinging and getting Dominque Gonzales to lineout to right.

The Lopes broke through in the fourth. Craine walked GCU's Gomez to start the inning, and she later came around to score on a triple to right-center field by Camree Wartman. Loriann Olson then plated Wartman on a single to left. Craine limited the damage to two, as she struck out a batter looking, got one to fly to left and Olson was called out at first for leaving the base early to end the inning.

The tie didn't last long as Lacy Gregory hit a double off the wall in left-center field plating Grahmann, who reached on a fielder's choice, giving the Mean Green a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth.

GCU's Kendsey Hill knotted the score at three with a lead-off solo home run to left in the fifth, chasing Craine after four innings.

Quick Hits

  • Bailey Thompson earned her first start of the season in center field against Lamar.
  • Danielle Gregory started in left for the first time this season in game one.
  • Kelli Schkade stole her first base of the season in game one against Lamar, where she also tallied her first multi-hit game of the season, a 2-for-4 performance.
  • All four of Hanna Rebar's RBI have come with two outs.
  • Jessica Elder made her first relief appearance of the year for North Texas, tossing two-thirds of an inning against Lamar, earning her first career save at North Texas.
  • Lauren Craine made her first start of the season against GCU.
  • Camille Grahmann and Bailey Thompson each recorded their first hits of the season, both singles to center. The single against GCU marked Grahmann's first career hit. 
  • Lacy Gregory and Nicole Ochotnicki each have five-game hitting streaks going. 
  • Schkade recorded the first three-hit game for the Mean Green in 2017, going 3-for-4 against GCU.

Up Next for North Texas

The Mean Green return to action tomorrow for another doubleheader against Lamar and Grand Canyon. Game times are slated for 3 p.m. against Lamar and 5:30 against GCU.


 

 

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