North Texas Splits On Day One At Getterman Classic
North Texas Powers Past Northwestern State, Falls To Liberty In Pitcher's Duel
Box Score: Liberty 1, North Texas 0
WACO, Texas -- Seeking its first doubleheader sweep in three tries this season, North Texas defeated Northwestern State 9-5 in game one but fell to Liberty 1-0 in game two of the Getterman Classic on Friday afternoon. The Mean Green (3-4) will conclude round-robin play against No. 21 Baylor on Saturday, before moving into bracket play later in the day.
Junior shortstop Kelli Schkade starred at the plate, going a combined 4-for-9 for the day, including a 3-for-5 game and a grand slam in the 9-5 win over Northwestern State. North Texas also received a pair of brilliant pitching performances from junior left-hander Jessica Elder and junior right-hander Stacey Underwood.
"Coming out in that first game, that was a big win for us," head coach Tracey Kee said. "It was nice to see all the hard work pay off this week. We got a good pitching performance from Jess. They're a great hitting team with a ton of power, and she did a nice job of mixing her speeds."
North Texas 9, Northwestern State 5
Junior shortstop Kelli Schkade put together another big day at the plate and North Texas matched its season high for hits to power past Northwestern State 9-5 in their first game at the Getterman Classic. Schkade and freshman outfielder Bailey Thompson each tallied three hits as part of a 13-hit barrage for the Mean Green.
Schkade continued her scorching hot start at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and four RBI. Her home run, a grand slam in the seventh, was her fourth of the season, which places her among the nation's leaders. It was also her fifth multi-hit game and sixth straight game with a hit to open the season. Thompson also tallied three hits, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored, for her first career multi-hit game.
"She's been the catalyst on our offense from the first game, from the first swing of the spring," said Kee of Schkade. "For us, you can't ask for more. She's driving in runs, she's driving the ball out of the ballpark, she's bunting her way on. She's so deadly at the plate right now."
Making her second career start in the circle, Elder (2-1) threw a complete game for the Mean Green (3-3), limiting the Demons (6-2) to five runs and scattering nine hits with a walk and three strikeouts in 7.0 innings.
North Texas struck first, manufacturing a run in the top of the first inning. Schkade led off the frame with a single through the left side, extending her hit streak to six games, and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and came around to score on a double steal that led to a Northwestern State throwing error.
Northwestern State threatened in the bottom of the second, putting runners at second and third with two outs. Elder ended the threat with a strikeout looking, her second strikeout of the inning. In the next half-inning, senior second baseman Karly Williams extended the North Texas lead to 2-0 with a solo shot to left to lead off the frame. North Texas added another run in the inning on an RBI double by freshman third baseman Harley Perella.
The Demons broke through win a run in the bottom of the third, and North Texas answered with two runs in the top of the sixth on back-to-back RBI singles by freshman first baseman Rhylie Makawe and junior outfielder Danielle Gregory. North Texas scored what proved to be the game-winning runs on a grand slam by Schkade in the top of the seventh, making it a 9-2 game in favor of the Mean Green.
Northwestern State scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh and loaded the bases with two outs, bringing the would-be game-tying run to the plate. Fittingly, Schkade recorded the final out of the game with a flip to second to end the scoring threat.
Liberty 1, North Texas 0
In a pitcher's duel that saw a combined six hits, North Texas fell to Liberty by a score of 1-0 in their second game at the Getterman Classic. The Mean Green managed just three hits and they were hitless with two outs and with runners in scoring position, leaving six runners on base in the contest.
Junior right-hander Stacey Underwood (1-3) suffered the loss for North Texas (3-4), giving up just one run on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 6.0 innings. Liberty (3-5) made the most of their opportunities, going 1-for-3 with runners in scoring position and leaving just two runners on base.
"We couldn't ask for more from Stacey Underwood," Kee said. "She threw five scoreless innings and they only put up one run on the board, and you hope that your offense is going to answer. We had our opportunities. We ran ourselves out of the game on a rookie mistake and just didn't get that timely hit like they did."
Looking to strike first for the second straight game, North Texas loaded the bases with one out in the first, but they were unable to push a run across in the frame. After threatening in the fourth, Liberty finally broke through in the fifth inning, manufacturing a run with a walk, stolen base, wild pitch and then an RBI single to shallow right to take a 1-0 lead.
North Texas put a runner in scoring position in the bottom of the fifth, after a fielder's choice groundout and stolen base by junior shortstop Kelli Schkade, but Liberty pitched out of the jam with a flyout to right. They threatened again in the sixth, moving a runner to third with one out, but a fielder choice's groundout to short cut down the would-be game-tying run at the plate.
The Mean Green attempted to recapture some seventh-inning magic for the second straight weekend, as freshman catcher Casady Webb walked to lead off the inning and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, but they were unable to drive her home in the inning.
- Casady Webb made her first career start at catcher against Northwestern State
- Kelli Schkade has a hit in each of the first seven games this season, including five multi-hit games. She had 10 multi-hit games all of last year
- With her fourth home run of the season, Schkade eclipsed her home run total (3) from last season
- With 11 RBI through six games, Schkade has also nearly matched her RBI total (16) from last season
- Schkade's grand slam in the seventh was the 15th grand slam in school history
- Karly Williams hit her first home run of the season against Northwestern State, the sixth of her career, matching her home run total from both her sophomore and junior seasons
- To begin innings, North Texas lead-off hitters were 6-for-7 against Northwestern State
- For the first time in three games when it has happened this season, North Texas won when scoring in the first inning against Northwestern State
- Stacey Underwood took a no-hitter into the fourth inning against Liberty, retiring each of the first 10 batters that she faced in the contest, before giving up a one-out single
- Kay Kay Hayter tallied her first career hit against Liberty, a one-out single in the fifth
- Against Liberty, North Texas was 0-for-6 with two outs and 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position, leaving five runners on base in the contest
North Texas continues play at the Getterman Classic on Saturday, facing No. 21 Baylor in their final game of round-robin play at 12:30 p.m., before moving into bracket play against an opponent to be determined at either 3 p.m. or 5:30 p.m.