North Texas Downs Wichita State 7-2 On Friday Afternoon

March 3, 2017

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LUBBOCK, Texas – The North Texas bats came alive Friday afternoon, carrying the team to a 7-2 victory over the Wichita State Shockers at Rocky Johnson Field on the campus of Texas Tech in the first game of the Texas Tech Invitational.

North Texas moves to 9-8 with the win, while WSU falls to 9-4.

Stacey Underwood (6-3) tossed yet another gem in the circle, going the distance, while limiting the Shockers, who entered with a .345 average, to two runs on six scattered hits.

"Stacey was able to balance the plate today," head coach Tracey Kee said. "Her composure was very good, she wasn't too amped and pitched within her ability."

WSU’s Bailey Klitzke (1-1) was dealt the loss, going just 3.1 innings, allowing four runs on six hits with four walks and three strikeouts.

Neither squad was able to push anything across in the first inning, but North Texas broke things open in the second, putting five runs on the board.

The Mean Green started the second inning with three-straight hits including back-to-back doubles by freshmen Lindsay Gregory and Hanna Rebar. Freshman Nicole Ochotnicki singled home Rebar, but the major blow was a two-out, three-run home run to center field off the bat of freshman Lacy Gregory giving the Mean Green a 5-0 advantage.

"The home run gave us breathing room, but our kids did a nice job of extending innings and not being the last out throughout the game," Kee added.

Then, in the fourth inning, Kelli Schkade led things off with double to left-center and later scored on Lacy Gregory’s sacrifice fly to left. Sophomore Harley Perella then hit a solo home run – her third of the season – to left field to put North Texas up 7-0.

WSU put runners on in the second and fourth inning, but both times lined into double plays to end the threat.

The Shockers got on the board in the sixth inning, using doubles by Laurie Derrico and Madison Perrigan to score two runs, cutting the deficit to five.

That would be the extent of the offensive output for WSU, as it went quietly in the seventh inning, ending the game 7-2 in favor of the Mean Green.

Lindsay Gregory finished 3-for-4 with one run scored.

"Lindsay was the spark in our offense today, she got everything going on that side," Kee added. "Defensively, she played lockdown defense and was able to run down some flares."

Quick Hits
  • Lindsay Gregory pushed her hitting streak to six games with a double in the second inning against Wichita State.
  • Nicole Ochotnicki had her first multi-hit game of the season, going 2-for-4 against 
  • the Shockers.
  • Harley Perella and Lacy Gregory each hit their third home run of the season, tying for the team lead.
  • Grace Blagg made her fourth appearance of the season as a pinch hitter.
  • Stacey Underwood logged her second complete game of the week and sixth of the season. She had seven last season.

Up Next For The Mean Green

North Texas continues play at the Texas Tech Invitational on Saturday with two games. North Texas faces Wichita State at 1 p.m., followed by a contest against Texas Tech at 6.


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