North Texas Sweeps Doubleheader Against UTSA On Saturday
Mean Green Move To 5-3 In C-USA Play
DENTON -- The North Texas softball team got timely hits in a 6-5 walk-off victory over Texas-San Antonio in game one and received a clutch pitching performance from sophomore Lauren Craine in the 1-0 victory in game two on Saturday at Lovelace Stadium.
"This was a total team effort in us getting the sweep today," head coach Tracey Kee said. "It was all about energy and we had really good practices this week, so it was nice to see the carryover today."
North Texas snapped a four-game skid with the two victories.
"This team is maturing," Kee added. "They understood the situation entering the day, they knew UTSA was a good hitting team and was on a win streak and the only ones who could put a stop to that were the 15 people in uniform, so I give a lot of credit to this team's performance today."
North Texas 6, UTSA 5
North Texas freshman right fielder Hanna Rebar, a San Antonio native, hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh, giving the Mean Green the 6-5 win Saturday afternoon over UTSA.
"Rebar stepped up for us today," Kee added. "When kids play their hometown teams, they tend to deliver in the clutch, and she did just that."
The game-winning base hit to left field, which scored sophomore Harley Perella from third base, came after UTSA tied the game in the top-half of the inning on a two-out solo home run to left center.
The Mean Green took a 5-1 lead in the fourth inning when the Gregory trio, who combined for five of the Mean Green's 10 hits, had three consecutive two-out RBI base knocks. Catcher Lindsay Gregory led the team with three hits.
The Roadrunners, though, got the three runs back in the sixth inning off four hits to bring them within one run. UTSA had the game-tying run on third base but a much needed strikeout by North Texas starting pitching Stacey Underwood got them out of the inning.
UTSA sprayed hits off Underwood (8-5) throughout the first five innings, however, never came through with a big hit of the senior righty. Three times Underwood struck out batters with two outs, finishing the game with five strikeouts in 6.0 innings of work, walking just one batter.
Underwood also received defensive support as the Mean Green turned their seventh double play this season in the fifth inning when Perella, who was playing third base, doubled-up a Roadrunner at first base after she caught a line drive to end the inning.
North Texas opened the game with a two-run lead after senior Kelli Schkade led the bottom of the first inning off with her fifth home run of the season. In the second inning, Rebar drove in freshman Camille Grahmann from third on a ground out.
Senior pitcher Jessica Elder (4-4) came in to pitch the seventh inning and picked up the win despite giving up the game tying home run.
North Texas 1, UTSA 0
North Texas (16-13, 5-3) sophomore Lauren Craine pitched a complete game shutout as the Mean Green defeated UTSA 1-0 in the second game of the doubleheader.
"Her performance was huge today," Kee said. "Lauren threw the ball well all week. I caught her live on Wednesday, and I was amazed with her ball movement and accuracy. She wanted the complete game and she wasn't going to leave the game without it."
The lone run in the ball game came in the third inning, as freshman Lindsay Gregory scored on a fielder's choice.
Craine (4-4) gave up seven hits with no walks in her second career complete game shutout.
In the fourth inning UTSA (12-19, 2-6) had a runner on third base with one out but a pop out to Craine and then a ground out to first ended the Roadrunners' best scoring opportunity.
From the fifth inning on, UTSA had three runners reach base but none were able to get past first, stranding six runners on base in the contest.
Nicole Merrill took the loss, going six innings allowing one hit with seven walks and three strikeouts.
- Danielle Gregory made her first start since February 17th. She went 1-for-5 on the day.
- Kelli Schkade launched her fifth home run of the season in the 6-5 victory in game one.
- The walk-off win in game one is the second of the season for the Mean Green.
- North Texas moves to 5-0 at home in C-USA play.
- Lacy Gregory has reached base safely in each of the last 12 games.
- Kelli Schkade's reached base streak ended at 18 with a 0-for-3 showing in game two.
- The Mean Green snapped a three-game skid to UTSA dating back to last season.
Up Next For The Mean Green
North Texas and UTSA will finish the three-game series tomorrow at 1 p.m.