North Texas Falls To Oklahoma State, 10-2

March 15, 2017

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DENTON – The North Texas softball team couldn’t get things going on Wednesday night, falling to the Oklahoma State Cowgirls 10-2 at Lovelace Stadium, snapping the team’s four-game winning streak.

The loss drops the Mean Green to 14-10 on the season, while OSU (RV) moves to 19-10 with the win.

Mean Green senior Kelli Schkade went 1-for-3 in the game, moving her hitting streak to 14, the second-best streak in program history.

OSU did its damage early, chasing North Texas’ starter Stacey Underwood (8-4) after 1.2 innings. She allowed four runs – three earned – on six hits with two walks. Sophomore Lauren Craine and senior Jessica Elder finished the game, combining for 5.1 innings out of the bullpen.

“For us as a group, we still believe in our abilities,” head coach Tracey Kee said. “As a pitching coach, I take full responsibility on how our pitchers performed tonight. We understand that it started in the circle and our inability to stop their lineup is something that hasn’t happened lately. We’ll get it fixed before we head to Miami.”

OSU jumped on Underwood quickly, putting up three runs in the first stanza on Kristin Reasnor’s three-run home run to straight away center field.

North Texas answered with a run of its own in the first on an error by OSU’s right fielder, which allowed freshman Lacy Gregory to score, cutting it to a two-run deficit.

In the second, a wild pitch by Underwood plated OSU’s Rylee Bayless and the Cowgirls tacked on two more in the third as Bayless lined a double to the right centerfield gap off Craine, plating two runs to give OSU a 6-1 lead.

“We understand that when you give a team six runs early, you put your offense against the wall,” Kee added. “That’s something we can’t do. We started to press offensively and jumped on pitches we typically haven’t been swinging at.”

Sophomore Bailey Thompson walked to start the third and later scored on Lacy Gregory’s RBI single to left center, completing the Mean Green’s offense output for the evening.

After that, things quieted down as both squads went down in order across the fourth and fifth innings.

OSU added one run in the sixth and used four-straight two-out hits to plate three runs in the seventh, completing the scoring at 10-2 in its favor.

North Texas hasn’t has many issues scoring runs lately, but only mustered five hits and two runs – one earned -- off OSU’s ace Brandi Needham, who went the distance, improving to 9-4 on the season.

Quick Hits

  • Lindsay Gregory failed to record a hit, ending her hitting streak at 12 games.
  • Lacy Gregory moved her season-best hitting streak to nine games with a 3-for-3 showing. It is her first three-hit game of the season. 
  • The loss on Wednesday is Stacey Underwood’s first since Feb. 24 against UNC-Wilmington and is her shortest start of the season. 
  • Bailey Thompson drew her team-leading ninth walk of the season. It’s her fourth in two games. 
  • North Texas set a season-best attendance with 407 fans at the game. 
  • North Texas drops to 2-2 against BIG 12 schools this season.
  • This is the third-straight loss to Oklahoma State who now lead the all-time series 13-7.


Up Next For The Mean Green
North Texas will head to Miami for a three-game Conference USA series against FIU beginning on Saturday at 3 p.m. (CT).


 

 

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