North Texas Splits On Day Two In Lubbock
Mean Green Secure 14-10 Comeback Victory Wichita State
LUBBOCK, Texas – The Mean Green opened day two of the Texas Tech Invitational with a 14-10 come-from-behind victory over Wichita State and later fell 6-5 to the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Saturday evening at Rocky Johnson Field.
“I felt this team battled all day,” head coach Tracey Kee said. “We knew we were going to need to swing the bats well today, and we did that. Overall, I believe we are on the upswing and the players feel the same way.”
Lindsay Gregory shined on offense, going 4-for-9 on the day with three RBI. She also caught both games for North Texas.
“I was pleased with Lindsay’s performance,” Kee added. “As the games went on, she got more comfortable reading signals and did a great job behind the dish and continued to swing a hot bat for us.”
North Texas 14, Wichita State 10
The North Texas softball team rallied late against Wichita State, scoring 11 runs across the fifth and seventh innings, to overcome a seven-run deficit, defeating the Shockers (11-5) 14-10 in its second game of the Texas Tech Invitational.
“That’s by far the best comeback I’ve been a part of in my 20-plus years of coaching,” Kee said of the victory.
Senior Jessica Elder (2-3) secured the win, tossing 1.2 innings of relief, allowing three runs on four hits. Senior Stacey Underwood secured her second save of the season in the victory.
Trailing 10-3 heading into the fifth inning, the North Texas offense exploded for its largest inning of the season, plating nine runs to take a 12-10 lead, its first since the second inning.
The Mean Green capitalized on three WSU errors in the inning, and sophomore Harley Perella dealt the major blow with a go-ahead double to the right centerfield gap, scoring senior Kelli Schkade and freshman Nicole Ochotnicki. Freshman Lindsay Gregory added to the lead with an RBI single up the middle, bringing the score to 12-10 in favor of North Texas.
In the seventh, freshman Lacy Gregory padded the North Texas lead with her team-leading third home run of the season and sophomore Rhylie Makawe singled to right center, scoring Perella, making it a 14-10 game.
WSU matched its run total from yesterday’s game in the opening frame, as Macklin Hitz’s put the Shockers on top early with a double to the left centerfield gap, plating Kelli Spring and Laurie Derrico.
The lead didn’t last long as North Texas overtook the Shockers in the second inning, when sophomore Hannah Gerecke’s tied the game with a two-out, two-run home run to left center, scoring Makawe.
Freshmen Hanna Rebar and Camille Grahmann continued the two-out rally with back-to-back singles, while Schkade gave the Mean Green their first lead of the game with a base knock through the left side of the diamond, plating Rebar.
WSU responded in the second, scoring three runs of its own, capped off by Laurie Derrico’s two-run double to left center, giving the Shockers a 5-3 advantage.
The Shockers added to their lead in the third on Mauriana Jemele’s two-run home run to left field, bringing the score to 7-3. WSU added three runs in the fourth, upping its advantage to seven runs at 10-3.
Texas Tech 6, North Texas 5
Texas Tech, who run-ruled UTEP 12-4 in its first game of the day, defeated the Mean Green (10-9) 6-5 in the nightcap on day two of the Texas Tech Invitational.
With the bases loaded in the second inning, Lindsay Gregory put the Mean Green on the board with a single past the second baseman, scoring Rebar, who singled to open the inning. Lacy Gregory reached on an error, scoring Grahmann, who reached on an error herself, and Perella worked a bases loaded walk to bring home Schkade, who was intentionally walked, for a 3-0 lead.
TTU cut into the Mean Green’s lead in the second on Brittany Warnecke’s two-run shot to left field and tied the game at three in the third after Devon Thomey tripled on a misplayed ball in the outfield and later scored on Kiani Ramsey’s single to left field.
Sophomore Hannah Gerecke regained the lead for the Mean Green in the top of the fourth, scoring Lacy Gregory on a sacrifice fly to center field.
The Red Raiders earned their first lead of the game at 5-4 in the bottom of the fourth, as Susan Welborn hit a solo home run to left and Kassidy Scott scored on Warnecke’s base knock up the middle.
North Texas had a late opportunity with bases loaded and one out in the sixth, but was unable to manufacture a run in the frame.
Tech added another run in the sixth, making it a 6-4 game in its favor.
That run proved to be the difference maker, as sophomore Bailey Thompson led off the seventh with a double and later scored on a throwing error by the first baseman to make it a one-run game.
Craine (2-3) took the loss in the game.
“This group has come out with a lot of energy these past few games, and are having fun in the process,” Kee added. “Hitting is contagious and pitching is as well, so we just need to keep things rolling in the right direction.”
- Lindsay Gregory upped her hitting streak to eight games, her longest of the season.
- Rhylie Makawe stole her first base of the season against WSU.
- Hannah Gerecke’s two-run home run in the second inning against the Shockers was her first of the season.
- The nine-run fifth inning was its biggest inning of the season for North Texas.
- The 14 runs scored against WSU marks a season high and the 13 hits matches a season best.
- Hanna Rebar had her first multi-hit game of the season with a 2-for-4 showing against Tech.
- Kelli Schkade was intentionally walked (IBB) twice against the Red Raiders, marking the first time a North Texas hitter has reached on an IBB this season. She has reached safely in nine-straight games.
Up Next For The Mean Green
North Texas will complete Texas Tech Invitational on Sunday with a 1 p.m. showdown with TTU.