North Texas Falters, Falls 7-2 To UNCW
The Mean Green Finish Weekend 3-2
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – One bad inning doomed the North Texas softball team on Sunday, as it fell 7-2 to UNCW on the final day of the Hampton Inn and Suites University Area Seahawk Softball Classic hosted at Boseman Field.
North Texas (7-7) finished the weekend 3-2, with both of its losses being dealt by the Seahawks.
“Right now, it’s our inconsistencies, whether it be offensively, on the mound or on defense, that are causing us to lose these games,” head coach Tracey Kee said. “We just don’t have the day-in and day-out consistent energy, and when you don’t have that, it’s tough to win games.”
UNCW (7-2) overcame a 2-1 deficit in the fourth inning, plating six runs on six hits, leading to a five-run cushion. Anna Hessenthaler led off the inning with a double to center and Hannah Runge plated the pinch runner, Tracey Haynes, to tie the game at two. Five more runs would cross the plate in the inning, giving UNCW its first lead of the game and a 7-2 advantage.
Sophomore Lauren Craine (2-1) took the loss, facing 17 batters across three innings, allowing five runs – three earned – with three strikeouts. Senior Stacey Underwood finished the game in the circle.
The Seahawk’s Sarah Davis moved to 3-0 behind a complete-game performance, allowing two runs – one earned – on eight hits, while tallying seven strikeouts.
North Texas broke through first, using three infield singles to push two runs across, taking a 2-0 lead in the opening frame. Senior Kelli Schkade and sophomore Bailey Thompson led off with back-to-back singles, and later scored on sophomore Rhylie Makawe’s RBI single to third.
UNCW responded in its first at-bat, cutting the Mean Green lead to one on Merritt Wilkinson’s RBI double to right center.
The Mean Green loaded the bases with one out in the second, but UNCW’s Sarah Davis got Thompson to ground into a fielder’s choice and Lacy Gregory to fly out to center to end the threat, stranding three runners.
In the third, Craine worked around a two-out hit batter and a walk, getting Ashley Best swinging to end the inning and maintain the North Texas lead.
North Texas put runners in scoring position in the fifth and sixth innings, but came up empty in both.
- Kelli Schkade recorded another multi-hit game with a 2-for-4 performance. She raised her average to .380.
- Lauren Craine suffered her first loss of the season.
- Lindsay Gregory hit her second double of the season.
- In total, North Texas stranded 10 runners on base.
- North Texas is 0-2 all-time against the Seahawks.
- The Mean Green scored 28 runs across their five games this weekend.
Up Next For The Mean Green
The Mean Green will return to Lovelace Stadium for a Wednesday doubleheader against Saint Francis (PA). First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.