Mean Green Softball Goes 2-0 In Day Two

Tulsa, Okla. (3/3/12) - The North Texas softball team had one of its biggest offensive outputs of the season in a 13-2 run-rule victory against Austin Peay on Saturday morning at Collins Softball Complex in Tulsa, Okla. The Mean Green defeated Austin Peay, 4-3, in the afternoon game in eight innings.

The Mean Green improves to 8-9 overall and won both its games on day two of the Hyatt Downtown Tulsa Tournament. Austin Peay falls to 5-7 this season. With its 3-1 record, North Texas will play in the championship game on Sunday, March 4 at 12 p.m.

Four home runs, including two by Ashley McCarroll, powered the Mean Green to its first victory of the day that set a number of season and school bests. The 13 runs scored was a season high and ties for the third most in school history. The 12 RBI was also a season high and tied for the second most in school history.

Lisa Johnson knocked in the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to advance North Texas to the championship game. The Mean Green gave up two leads in the nightcap and was forced to win the game in extra innings.

Lauren Poole picked up her second win of the season and the weekend for the Mean Green. She pitched five innings and allowed two runs off two hits in the opening win. Brittany Simmons (5-4) picked up the win in relief in the second game. She pitched four innings and gave up one unearned run off one hit.

In the first game, North Texas scored nine runs in the first two innings to take an early lead. The Mean Green scored four more runs before ending the game on a five-inning run-rule victory.

Three singles loaded the bases in the first inning for Johnson who cleared the bases with her second career grand slam. She is only the second player in school history to post two grand slams in her career. Johnson went 1-for-1 with three runs scored and three walks. The Mean Green tied a school record with 10 walks in the game. Jackie Miller also drew three walks.

Ashley McCarroll posted her first home run of the season in the second inning with a two-run shot. She hit a second home run in the fourth inning. She went 3-for-4 in the game with five RBI, which ties a school record.

Maddelyn Fraley capped the home runs with a solo shot in the fifth inning. The senior leads the team with five home runs. The four home runs in a single game ties for the second-most long balls hit in a single game at North Texas.

In the second game, North Texas took an early 2-0 lead off an RBI by Brooke Foster and a solo home run by Caitlin Grimes. The senior catcher has hit three home runs in the tournament and is second on the team with four.

After a home run by Austin Peay tied the game at 2-2, Jackie Miller drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the fifth inning to put North Texas back on top. A two-error play by the Mean Green scored an unearned run in the sixth for Austin Peay, leading to extra innings.



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