North Texas Crushes Incarnate Word To Cap Road Swing
Mean Green Run-Rules UIW 10-2 In Five Innings Behind Eight-Run Fourth Inning
SAN ANTONIO -- The North Texas softball team bounced back in a big way in its final game of a four-game road swing in San Antonio, exploding for eight runs in the fourth inning on the way to a 10-2 run-rule win over Incarnate Ward on Tuesday. The Mean Green hit three home runs as part of a 10-hit barrage, including two home runs and seven hits in that fourth inning.
"It was nice to get back in the win column," head coach Tracey Kee said. "Our offense did a nice job of generating runs, especially with two outs. It was good to see clutch hitting, timely hitting, long-ball hitting, all types of hitting. I was very pleased with the result today."
North Texas struck first, grabbing a 2-0 lead with two runs in the top of the second. Freshman first baseman Rhylie Makawe began the scoring with a solo shot to left field. Later in the inning, the Mean Green manufactured a run, capped by a two-out RBI single by senior catcher Bryana Wade to score freshman Hannah Gerecke, who drew a two-out walk and stole second.
Incarnate Word tied the game with two outs in the bottom of the third, but North Texas answered right back with eight runs, all with two outs, in the top of the fourth to take a 10-2 lead.
"We jumped on them first and then they came right back because they're a quality and competitive team," Kee said. "For us to respond the way that they did, that was the dagger right there. It was nice to see our kids respond in that way and not roll over."
Junior outfielder Danielle Gregory ignited the big inning with a leadoff single, the first of seven hits in the frame. Gregory advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and then took third and scored on a pair of wild pitches in the inning. Freshman outfielder Bailey Thompson drove in another run and turned the lineup over with a bloop single down the left-field line.
Junior shortstop Kelli Schkade then provided the first of two big hits in the inning, a three-home run to left, to make it a 7-2 game in favor of the Mean Green. Senior second baseman Karly Williams followed with a single, and then freshman third baseman Harley Perella crushed a home run to left-center to extend the lead to 9-2. North Texas closed out the scoring with an RBI double to right-center by Makawe.
Incarnate Word managed a single in the fourth and fifth innings, but they were unable to advance a runner into scoring position in the final two innings. Junior Stacey Underwood (6-4) earned the win in the circle, working 3.1 innings and limiting the Cardinals to two runs on seven hits with a walk.
- The eight runs in the fourth inning is the most runs scored in an inning this season
- All nine position starters scored a run in the game
- North Texas scored double-digit runs for the fourth time this season
- North Texas also run-ruled an opponent in five innings for the fourth time this season
- North Texas scored nine of its 10 runs with two outs in the inning
- North Texas scored first for the 13th time this season, improving to 10-3 in those such games
- Rhylie Makawe has hit three home runs in her her last five games
- Kelli Schkade hit her team-leading ninth home run of the season
- Harley Perella extended her hit streak to nine games, the team's second-longest this season, with a two-run home run in the fourth inning
- Danielle Gregory tallied her team-leading 11th multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored
- Kelli Schkade and Rhylie Makawe each tallied their ninth multi-hit game, tied for second-most on the team
North Texas returns to league play with its Conference USA home-opening series against Marshall. The doubleheader on Saturday begins at 1 p.m., and the series finale on Sunday is set for a first pitch of 1 p.m.