North Texas Drops Both Games Of Saturday's Doubleheader

April 2, 2016

Game One: FIU 3, North Texas 1  Get Acrobat Reader 

Game Two: FIU 6, North Texas 0 Get Acrobat Reader

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DENTON -- The North Texas softball team dropped both games of Saturday's doubleheader to FIU, falling 3-1 in game one and 6-0 in game two. It's the first time that the Mean Green (18-15, 3-8 C-USA) have been swept in a home doubleheader since the start of Conference USA play and the second time overall during league play. They managed just one run and five hits and committed four errors over the two games.

"We did not do a good job of executing our game plan," head coach Tracey Kee said. "I don't think it was for a lack of preparation. Whenever you roll out a game where you don't hit, pitch or play defense, you're not going to win, and we rolled out games like that in both games today."

In the circle for FIU (19-17, 5-5 C-USA), the trio of Corinne Jenkins , Megan Kugelmann and Abby Summers allowed a combined one run on five hits with seven walks and 14 strikeouts. Jenkins tossed a complete game in game one, limiting North Texas to a single run on three hits with three walks and seven strikeouts, while Kugelmann and Summers combined for a two-hit shutout in game two.

"We knew they had great pitching and they had great hitters," Kee said. "We knew we had to contain their speed and we didn't do a good job of that. Credit to them, they had more energy than us and they took the series on day one."

Game One: FIU 3, North Texas 1

FIU sophomore Corinne Jenkins tossed a complete game, limiting North Texas to one run on three hits while striking out nine batters, as FIU took the series opener by a score of 3-1. Offensively, the Panthers strung together at-bats, manufactured runs and took advantage of a costly North Texas fielding error.

FIU struck first, grabbing a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on a dropped fly ball. The Panthers manufactured another run in the top of the third, extending the lead to 2-0 on a sacrifice fly. North Texas answered back in the bottom of the inning on an RBI double by freshman Harley Perella, scoring the Mean Green's lone run of the doubleheader. FIU added another run in the top of the seventh on an RBI groundout, taking a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh.

Freshman outfielder Makenzi Dawson led off the seventh with an infield single in front of the plate. Senior catcher Bryana Wade then reached on an FIU error, putting runners at first and second with nobody out. After a sacrifice bunt by freshman outfielder Hannah Gerecke and another out was recorded, junior shortstop Kelli Schkade was intentionally walked to load the bases with two outs. With the would-be, game-tying and game-winning runs on base, Jenkins got a lineout to shortstop to end the threat.

Junior Stacey Underwood (6-6) took the loss for North Texas, tossing a complete game herself, as she gave up three runs -- two earned -- on nine hits with two walks and a strikeout. The two teams combined for 15 runners left on base, with eight for FIU and seven for North Texas.

Game Two: FIU 6, North Texas 0

North Texas was shut out for the third time this season, as FIU completed the doubleheader sweep and clinched the weekend series with a 6-0 win in game two of the weekend series. The Mean Green were also held to a season-low two hits and committed a season-high three errors in the loss.

For the second straight game, FIU struck first, grabbing a 1-0 lead on a two-out, RBI double in the top of the first. North Texas put runners on second and third with two outs in the bottom of the second, but it was unable to push a run across in the frame. The Panthers exploded for three runs in the top of the third, all unearned, on four hits and two errors and extended their lead to 4-0.

North Texas put two more runners on base with one out in the third and loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth, but they were unable to score and cut into the FIU 4-0 lead. The Mean Green managed just one more base runner for the rest of the game, which was erased on a double play. FIU added two more runs on a pair of solo home runs, one in the top of the sixth and another in the top of the seventh for the 6-0 final.

Junior Jessica Elder (11-6) took the loss for North Texas, giving up four runs -- one earned -- on five hits with a walk. Despite just two hits, North Texas reached base nine times in the game, on four walks, two hits by pitches and an error, and it left eight on base, hitting just 1-for-12 with runners on base and 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Quick Hits:

  • North Texas was swept in a doubleheader at home for the first time during Conference USA play and second time overall during league play
  • North Texas was shut out for just the third time this season, having also been shut out by Liberty on Feb. 19 and Baylor this past Wednesday
  • North Texas was limited to three hits in game one, tied for its second-lowest output of the season, and two hits in game two, its lowest output of the season
  • North Texas committed a season-high three errors for the third time season, having also done so against Baylor on Feb. 21 and Marshall on March 19
  • North Texas is now 4-11 when its opponent scores first, compared to a 14-4 record when it scores first this season
  • Makenzi Dawson tallied the lone multi-hit game of the doubleheader, going 2-for-3 in game one
  • Makenzi Dawson also recorded her team-leading 10th stolen bases in game two and is now 10-for-12 in stolen base attempts this season
  • Kelli Schkade reached base seven times in plate appearances, going 1-for-2 with a single, five walks and a hit by pitch
  • Kelli Schkade has a hit in 29 of 33 games this season and has reached base in 32 of 33 games this season
  • Stacey Underwood tossed her fifth complete game of the season, second-most on the team behind Jessica Elder, who has seven complete games this season

What's Next:

North Texas concludes its three-game weekend series against FIU on Sunday with a first pitch set for 11 a.m.


 

 

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