North Texas Can't Shake Letdown in Day Two
Lightning Doesn't Strike Twice for #MGSB, Falls to No. 2 Oregon, No. 25 Tulsa
Box Score: No. 2 Oregon 9, North Texas 0
Box Score: No. 25 Tulsa 6, North Texas 3
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WACO - After picking up the biggest win in program history last night against No. 7 Baylor, North Texas failed to keep the momentum going against No. 2 Oregon and No. 25 Tulsa. In the day's early game, the Mean Green bats slept in and never awoke in a 9-0 five inning run rule loss to to the Ducks. After leading for the majority of game two, North Texas allowed late inning heroics from the Golden Hurricane to fall 6-3.
Facing the nation's second ranked team for just the third time in program history, the Mean Green needed yet another perfect all-around effort in order to have a shot at its second straight upset. Unfortunately, lightning wouldn't strike twice for North Texas. After starting pitcher Kenzie Grimes held Oregon scoreless through one, the Ducks deadly batting lineup went to work, scoring three runs in three straight innings to effectively run away with things.
North Texas looked poised to jump on the Ducks early, moving a runner to second with only one out in the top of the first. In the top of the second, senior Kat Strunk launched a leadoff double through the right-center gap to the wall. However the Mean Green was unable to convert on either of the opportunities, stranding both runners at second.
After surrendering a run in the top of the first to Tulsa in game two of the double-header, freshman pitcher Monique Garcia seemed to settle down and gain command of the game. Garcia held the 25th ranked Golden Hurricane scoreless all the way to the sixth where the Mean Green 3-1 lead started to fall apart.
With one out in the top half of the sixth, Tulsa put together a rally including two singles and a game-tying triple off the top of the wall. The go-ahead run scored on an infield single on what appeared to be the final out of the inning on a close call at first base. Head coach Tracey Kee would march out of the dugout and appeal the first base umpire's call, to no avail.
The Mean Green bats came alive in the third, scoring two to take the lead thanks to a Kelli Schkade triple, a Dani Hoff double and a Taylor Schoblocher single. North Texas would add one more insurance run in the fifth by playing textbook small ball. After Spencer Ferrell reached on an error and Schkade added an infield bunt single, Strunk laid down a sac bunt to advance the runners. Two pitches later, Schoblocher did her job, scoring a run with a deep sacrifice fly to left field. Unlike the close game the night before, the low scoring offense would prove to be not enough cushion for the Mean Green.
North Texas will wrap up the Baylor Invitational with a rematch against Abilene Christian tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. The Mean Green opened up the tournament with a 3-2 win over ACU on Friday.
- North Texas is now 0-4 versus the No. 2 ranked team. The Mean Green previously fell at Arizona in 2004 (11-0 in five innings) and at Texas in 2006 in a double-header (5-0, and 9-1 in five innings).
- Oregon shut out the Mean Green offense for the first time this season. The last time North Texas was held scoreless was on April 26, 2014 at FIU (7-0).
- Tulsa and North Texas will face off three times this season: once in Waco, once in Tulsa and once in Denton. The Mean Green is 4-8 all-time versus the former Conference USA foe.
- Senior pitcher Madison Thompson surrendered her first home run of 2015 in a relief appearance in the top of the seventh inning versus Tulsa. The last time she gave up a blast was in April of 2014 at FIU, 918 pitches ago.