North Texas Falls To FIU 1-0 On Sunday
Jessica Elder Tosses A Complete Game In The Loss
MIAMI – For the second straight day, the North Texas softball team couldn’t get the hit it needed with runners in scoring position, while FIU had one big hit to secure the 1-0 victory over the Mean Green on Sunday at the FIU Softball Complex.
Senior Jessica Elder (3-4) was dealt the loss, though having thrown one of her best outing of the season, limiting FIU to one run on five hits across six strong innings.
“I thought we got a great pitching performance from Jessica today,” head coach Tracey Kee said. “She needed some confidence and for her to throw the game she did was a step in the right direction.”
Elder’s lone hiccup was in the fourth inning when Stephanie Texeira broke up her no-hitter and a scoreless game with an inside-the-park home run that bounced off the wall in right centerfield.
It turned out to be the lone run of the contest.
The Mean Green (14-13, 3-3) were limited to three hits by FIU’s starter Abby Summers (8-0), while Shannon Saile picked-up her second save of the season.
North Texas put the leadoff hitter on base in five of the seven innings, but couldn’t string together a rally to back Elder’s performance in the circle.
“Offensively, we did not show up this weekend,” Kee added. “When you can’t execute in a tight ball game, you’re not going to come out on top.”
Elder was able to work out of a bases loaded, two-out jam in the fifth by getting pinch hitter Sammi Green to fly out to left, keeping it a one-run game.
The Mean Green put a runner in scoring position in the sixth with one out, but was unable to pull even with FIU (26-6, 3-0) as Summers worked out of the jam.
Then, in the seventh, the Mean Green had runners on first and second with no outs, but could not get the clutch hit it needed, as freshman Camille Grahmann popped-up to the pitcher and classmate Nicole Ochotnicki grounded into a double play to end the game.
“We have four days of practice before UTSA and we’ll spend a couple of those working on fundamentals before really starting to prepare for UTSA mid-week,” Kee added.
- The four-game skid is the longest of the season for the Mean Green.
- Jessica Elder needed only 65 pitches in her complete-game performance, limiting the Panthers to a .217 average in the game.
- North Texas left five runners on base opposed to FIU’s seven.
- North Texas has dropped its last six contests to FIU.
Up Next For The Mean Green
North Texas will return home to play UTSA in Denton next weekend. Game times are slated for 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.