North Texas Completes Sweep, Downs UTSA 7-4 Sunday

March 26, 2017

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DENTON -- The North Texas softball team completed the three-game sweep of UT-San Antonio Sunday afternoon, defeating the Roadrunners 7-4 behind a couple clutch hits at Lovelace Stadium.


"It was big for us to get the sweep this weekend," head coach Tracey Kee said. "I thought last weekend could have gone either way and for this group to dig in and get the first win yesterday and continue that momentum through all three games is a positive."

The win moves North Texas to 17-13 and 6-3 in Conference USA action.

Senior pitcher Stacey Underwood (9-5) tossed her ninth complete game of the season and gave up just one earned run while throwing 104 pitches.

UTSA (12-20, 2-7 C-USA) took an early 2-0 lead with three straight singles to start the game by the top of its lineup. A quick visit to the circle by Kee settled down Underwood as she retired the next three batters.

Underwood's offense got the two runs back and some more in the top of the first inning, plating four runs capped off by two-out, two-run home run to left center by Hanna Rebar -- her second home run of the season.

"For a team to jump on us early and our kids to respond right back with four runs was huge," Kee added. "On Sunday, you've seen everyone's pitchers and it tends to be a slugfest and I thought our squad did a nice job of coming right back and not rolling over."

Following the first inning, Underwood held UTSA off the board across the next five innings, while the Mean Green offense added insurance runs.

In the third inning, North Texas took a 5-2 lead after sophomore Harley Perella led the inning off with a walk and then later scored on a walk to senior Kelli Schkade with the bases loaded. North Texas drew six walks Sunday, with four of the walks eventually scoring.

Then, North Texas collected its final two runs in the sixth inning when Perella, who plated Lacy Gregory on a single to right, stole second base with senior Danielle Gregory at third base. On the steal, Gregory scored when the Roadrunners' catcher threw down to second base.

UTSA made things interesting late, capitalizing on a fielding error at second by the Mean Green to go on and score two runs. Underwood worked out of the inning with help from her defense, as Danielle Gregory threw out UTSA's Lindsey Stewart at second as she tried to stretch a single into a double.

"Dani is a great left fielder and an all-around athlete," Kee said. "For her to throw multiple people out today was clutch for us. It's hard to be out four weeks and jump right back into a game that has a lot of timing involved, but I couldn't be more pleased with her performance this weekend."

UTSA's Chelsea Parker took the loss, going two-thirds of an inning and allowing four runs. Nicole Merrill relieved her, going 5.1 innings allowing three runs on four hits with five walks and five strikeouts.

Quick Hits

  • Senior Kelli Schkade drew three walks on the day.
  • North Texas' five stolen bases were three shy of the team's season-high.
  • Lacy Gregory moved her consecutive games reached base streak to 15. 
  • Third baseman Harley Perella led the team with two hits. She drove in two runs on two singles. 
  • Perella and Hanna Rebar combined to go 3-for-6 with four RBI. 
  • The Mean Green improve to 10-1 this season against teams from Texas, and are undefeated against C-USA Texas teams. 

Up Next For The Mean Green

North Texas will remain at home to play No. 12 Oklahoma on Tuesday at 6 p.m.


 

 

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