North Texas Rallies Past No. 21 Baylor To Win Getterman Classic
Mean Green Forces Extras In The 7th, Walks-Off With Win In The 8th
WACO, Texas -- The late-inning magic continued in Waco. After winning each of its Saturday games in the final at-bat, North Texas rallied late to tie No. 21 Baylor and send the game into extra innings.
In extra innings, freshman Lauren Craine stranded the bases loaded in the top of the eighth, and then in the bottom of the inning, junior outfielder Danielle Gregory drew a bases-loaded, walk-off walk to defeat Baylor 7-6 and claim the 2016 Getterman Classic Championship.
"We're so proud of our players," head coach Tracey Kee said. "They played very hard and they did not quit until the last out was made. They competed, and that's all you can ask for. We would get down early, but we wouldn't roll over. Our players competed and they had fun. They played loose, and they played with confidence, and that's what we needed out of them."
The was the team's second walk-off win of the weekend and their third of the season. It also clinched the season series against the Bears (5-3), their first series win since 2010, when they swept both games in Waco.
The Mean Green (6-4) finish the tournament with a 4-1 record, defeating No. 21 Baylor twice and Liberty and Northwestern State one game each. Gregory, as well as junior Kelli Schkade, freshman Harley Perella and senior Karly Williams earned all-tournament honors.
Clutch hitting again ruled the day for North Texas, as the Mean Green scored six of their seven runs with two outs in the inning, including the game-tying runs in the seventh and the game-winning run in the eighth. For the game, they were 8-for-14 with two out and 6-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
On the mound, the trio of Jessica Elder, Stacey Underwood and Lauren Craine worked a combined 8.0 innings, limiting Baylor to six runs -- four runs -- on nine hits with a walk and three strikeouts. They also stranded nine runners on base, including the bases loaded in the fifth and eighth innings.
"I was very pleased with our pitching staff this weekend," Kee said. "After last weekend, I felt like we hadn't performed up to our potential. We knew Baylor was a great hitting team, and for us to stay in the game, we felt like we needed to show them three different looks in the circle."
Baylor scored four runs in the first three innings, before North Texas got on the board, pushing a run across in the bottom of third on a two-out RBI single by Gregory. The Mean Green also brought the would-be, game-tying run to the plate in the fourth, but the Bears pitched out of the jam with a hard groundout to third.
Leading 5-1 in the fifth, Baylor looked to break things open, loading the bases with one out, before Underwood struck out the next batter, and then Craine came on and induced an inning-ending pop-up to short to end the threat.
North Texas got another run back in the bottom of the inning, again doing the damage with two outs. Gregory started things off a with a two-out triple down the right-field line, and then Perella followed with an RBI single to center to cut the Baylor lead to 5-2.
Trailing 6-2 in the seventh, North Texas loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, bringing the would-be, game-tying run to the plate. Freshman first baseman Rhylie Makawe followed with an RBI groundout, cutting the Baylor lead to 6-3.
Representing the game-tying run with runners at second and third and two outs, Williams stepped to the plate and blasted a three-run home run down the left-field line to tie the game at 6-6, sending North Texas and No. 21 Baylor to extra innings for the second time in as many days.
In the top of the eighth, Craine retired the first two batters, before Baylor loaded the bases on a walk and a fielding error. Craine, however, ended the threat with a fly out to right for the final out of the inning, setting the stage for another walk-off win in the bottom of the inning.
In the bottom of the inning, with a runner placed at second, freshman outfielder Hannah Gerecke laid down the sacrifice bunt to advance the runner to third. And then after walks to senior catcher Bryana Wade and Schkade, North Texas had the bases loaded with one out in the inning.
Two batters later, Gregory worked a 3-1 count and then looked at ball four to score the game-winning run.
"I'm so proud of her and the things she has been doing for us," said Kee of Gregory. "We felt that the pitcher got a little erratic, so with the 3-1 count, we put a take sign on it and force her to take it a full count, and it worked to our benefit."
- With the weekend sweep, North Texas is now 8-15 all-time against Baylor
- North Texas also improves to 11-83 all-time against top-25 teams and 22-74 all-time against Big 12 opponents
- Seven of the 11 wins over ranked teams have come against Baylor, including three in the past two seasons
- North Texas has defeated multiple ranked teams in the same season for the first time since 2011, when the Mean Green defeated three ranked teams, including a No. 18-ranked Baylor team. It's the third time in school history that North Texas has defeated multiple ranked teams in the same season
- Kelli Schkade has a hit in each of the first 10 games this season, extending her season-opening hitting streak with a leadoff single in the seventh inning against Baylor
- Danielle Gregory tallied her second straight multi-hit game, her fifth multi-hit game of the season, with a 3-for-3 game against Baylor
- Dating back to the Liberty game on Saturday, Danielle Gregory has a hit in six straight at-bats, including a hit in each of her three at-bats against Baylor
- Karly Williams tied a career high with three RBI against Baylor, driving in all three runs with her three-run blast in the seventh to tie the game at 6-6 and send the game into extra innings
- Kay Kay Hayter tallied her first career multi-hit game against Baylor, going 2-for-3 in the contest
- As a pitching staff, North Texas posted a 2.03 ERA for the weekend, giving up just 17 runs -- 11 earned -- on 30 hits with five walks and 14 strikeouts in 38.0 innings of work
North Texas returns home to host its first of two nonconference tournaments in consecutive weeks. The Mean Green begin play in the North Texas Invitational on Saturday with a doubleheader against Sam Houston State (1 p.m.) and Creighton (3:30 p.m.)