Weather Conditions Bring Early End to Baylor Invitational
North Texas, ACU Fail to Complete Official Game in Tournament Finale
Weather conditions at Baylor's Getterman Stadium forced
the tournament finale to be called early on Sunday Morning.
WACO - After winning two on day one and losing two on day two, North Texas looked to end the Baylor Invitational on a high note with a win against Abilene Christian. Unfortunately, the weather in Waco just wouldn't hold up long enough to allow the tournament finale to finish. The game will officially be listed as cancelled, with no plans to resume the game at a later date.
According to NCAA rules, a game can only be considered official with a final score if it reaches the fifth inning mark. Unfortunately for North Texas, today's game was called in the bottom of the third inning with the Mean Green at bat. After Taylor Schoblocher had been hit by a pitch and stolen second base, Dani Hoff singled to the left side to put runners on the corners with no outs for Bryana Wade at the plate. Then the clouds opened up, and the umpire was forced to clear the field and call the game.
North Texas had taken a commanding 2-0 lead in the first inning thanks to back-to-back-to-back singles from Kelli Schkade, Kat Strunk, and Schoblocher. A Mallory Land two-out double to the wall in right center would plate Strunk for the final run North Texas could squeeze in before the rain ended the game in the next inning.
Freshman Monique Garcia was flawless through three innnings pitched, sending all nine Wildcat batters she faced right back to the dugout. With one strikeout, no walks and no errors halfway through the game, Garcia was on-line for not only the win but an opportunity for the program's first ever perfect game. Unfortunately for the Mean Green, it wasn't an ACU bat that broke up the perfect game bid, but rather the unruly Waco weather.
The Mean Green finishes the 2015 Baylor Invitational with a 2-2 record, taking home a win over No. 7 Baylor, the highest ranked opponent the team has ever beaten in program history. Senior Dani Hoff and junior Taylor Schoblocher were named to All-Tournament team for their efforts this weekend.
North Texas will look for a chance to get back to a .500 overall record when it travels to Tulsa, Oklahoma for a tournament hosted by the Golden Hurricane. The 2015 field includes: host No. 25 Tulsa, (RV) Nebraska, Creighton and Northern Iowa. The Mean Green fell to TU this weekend in the Baylor Invitational, 6-3.