North Texas Sweeps Oklahoma State on Day One
Pitching Performances, Timely Hitting Leads Mean Green Past Pokes
Box Score: (G1) North Texas 5, Oklahoma State 3
Box Score: (G2) North Texas 4, Oklahoma State 0
Season Cumulative Statistics
CONROE, Texas - Temperatures may have been cold outside at the Scrap Yard Sports Complex, but North Texas was heating up. In a day in which it only trailed for a half inning, a steady formula of solid hitting and consistent pitching powered the Mean Green past Oklahoma State 5-3 in game one and 4-0 in game two.
The Cowgirls would strike first in the bottom of the second with a solo home run from Tiffany Mikkelson off of sophomore Stacey Underwood, before getting out of the inning with any further damage. The 1-0 deficit was the only time North Texas would trail all day.
After Kelli Schkade, Kat Strunk and Taylor Schoblocher loaded up the bases in the third inning, Karly Williams would ground one right back up the middle off the bag at second for a two RBI single. A Mallory Land single would attempt to add more, but Dani Hoff would be thrown out at the plate by the OSU centerfielder.
Three singles and a Schoblocher double would bring home three more insurance runs in the fourth to extend the lead to 5-1. Oklahoma State would cut the lead to three in the bottom half of the inning before shooting themselves in the foot. The North Texas coaching staff would point out to the umpires that the Cowgirls had batted out of order, wiping a one-run double off the board and ultimately ending the threat.
The Pokes would get one final run in the sixth thanks to Mikkelson's second home run blast of the night. It would prove to be too little too late however, as freshman Monique Williams would come in for relief to coast North Texas to victory in game one.
North Texas would jump out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning of game two after back-to-back singles from Hoff and Land, finished off by a Jami Schkade two-out double down the left field line. After a four-for-four performance in game one, Schoblocher continued her offensive tear with six hits in eight at bats with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored.
After shutting out No. 7 Baylor on the road in a seven inning complete game performance just last Friday, senior Madison Thompson continued her dominance in the circle. Thompson went 3.2 innings of four-hit ball with no runs before heeding way to Garcia who pitched 3.1 innings of two-hit ball to combine for the shutout, and her second save of the afternoon. Thompson has now held Big 12 opponents scoreless in 10.2 consecutive innings this year.
Schoblocher's double in the top of the sixth would set up a two-run blast from Bryana Wade, her second of the year, to round out all of the game's scoring and seal up the 4-0 victory in game two.
After sweeping day one against OSU, North Texas will now take on No. 4 Oklahoma in day two at 10:15 a.m. CT and 12:45 p.m. CT tomorrow.
- North Texas is now 3-0 against Big 12 opponents this year. (2 wins vs. OSU, 1 win vs. Baylor) The Mean Green went 1-7 against Big 12 opponents last season, with the lone win coming against Oklahoma State at home.
- The 4-0 victory in game two is just the thirdtime the program has shut out a Big 12 opponent. Before taking down No. 7 Baylor 1-0 last week, the only otheroccurrence was in 2010 when North Texas upset No. 15 Texas 1-0 in Denton.
- The Mean Green is now 7-10 in the all-time series with Oklahoma State, with three of the seven victories coming in the last two years under head coach Tracey Kee. North Texas are currently scheduled to meet one more time later this season in Stillwater, Oklahoma on April 29.