Softball's Welcome Home Ruined by Houston in Sweep

March 11, 2015

(G1) BOX SCORE: Houston 15, North Texas 2
(G2) BOX SCORE: Houston 4, North Texas 1

DENTON -- In the North Texas softball team's first home action in 31 days, the Houston Cougars came to Lovelace Stadium and swept the Mean Green in an afternoon doubleheader. Houston defeated North Texas 15-2 in the first game, which ended by run rule in five innings, then closed out a close contest in the second, 4-1.

North Texas dropped the first game of the doubleheader 15-2, ending by run rule in five innings. Junior Taylor Schoblocher continued her torrid pace to the beginning of the season with a 3-3 game, including her second-career triple. However, her teammates were not able to follow suit, as the rest of the Mean Green went 2-18 from the plate.

Senior Madison Thompson pitched a complete game for North Texas, allowing nine earned runs on 16 hits. She struck out two and threw a season-high 127 pitches. The Cougars batted around in the second inning and scored six runs, then batted around in the fourth inning and scored eight.

The first blow in the second inning came from a solo homerun by junior Courtney Klinger to put Houston up 2-0. Then the final blow came via a two-run homerun by senior Tiffani McKnight in the fifth inning to put the Cougars up 15-0.

The Mean Green added two runs before the end of the game, one from an RBI groundout by senior Dani Hoff to score Schoblocher after her triple in the fourth inning. North Texas plated one more in the fifth, when sophomore Kelli Schkade doubled with two outs, then scored on a single by senior Kat Strunk.

The North Texas bats were also relatively silenced in the second game of the doubleheader, as Houston pulled out a 4-1 win. This time it was Hoff who went a perfect 3-3 at the plate, while the rest of the team combined to go 4-24.

The Mean Green got out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning, when freshman Sarah Barker singled in sophomore Mallory Land with one out. But the Cougars got that run right back in the third inning to tie the game 1-1.

Sophomore Stacie Underwood started the second game and pitched 5.2 innings. A bug hiccup came in the fourth inning, when Underwood got in some trouble. Houston had runners on second and third with one out when junior Julana Shrum hit a ball deep to center field. Strunk jumped up at the wall to save an extra-base hit, but the Cougars runner trotted home on the sacrifice fly.

The next batter, senior Kayla Holland, took Underwood deep for a two-run homerun, which ultimately capped the scoring for the remainder of the game. Sophomore Kenzie Grimes came on in relief and pitched the final 1.1 innings scoreless to hold the deficit at three.

Next Up:

After falling victim to a non-conference midweek sweep, North Texas looks to rebound with a Conference USA series against Southern Miss at home. First pitch of game one is set for 1 p.m. CT at Lovelace Stadium on Friday, Mar. 11.

Mean Green Quick Hitters:
  • Shelbie Smith started at catcher in the first game, it was her first appearance behind the plate since she was injured in the team's last home game on February 8.
  • The 13-run loss in the first game was the second-largest margin of defeat in program history.
  • Junior Spencer Ferrell went 2-3 in the second game. She now has six hits so far this season.



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