North Texas Falls To Charlotte On Sunday, 8-6
Mean Green Fall To 6-6 In C-USA Play
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina -- A sixth-inning two-out, three-run home run off the bat of Charlotte's Grace Beatty proved to be the difference in the 49ers 8-6 victory over North Texas on Sunday afternoon at the Phillips Softball Complex.
Charlotte, leading 5-2 in the sixth, added what amounted to be the game-winning runs on the three-run home run to left center.
But, that home run proved to be the difference as North Texas (18-16, 6-6 Conference USA) plated three runs of its own in the seventh on senior Kelli Schkade's bases-clearing double off the wall in left center, ending the scoring at 8-6.
"If the team would have brought that fight and energy from that inning earlier this series, the results possibly could have been different," head coach Tracey Kee said. "I think we showed some grit, did a better job of hitting their pitcher today, but they capitalized on our mistakes again."
Charlotte's Haley Wiseman (16-10) secured her third win of the weekend, going the distance allowing six runs with eight walks and four strikeouts on 164 pitches.
Senior Stacey Underwood (10-7) suffered the loss, throwing six innings allowing eight runs -- seven earned -- with three strikeouts and one walk.
"Anytime you struggle to figure out an umpire's strike zone, it starts to rattle you," Kee added. "And I felt both teams were in that situation today."
After a scoreless first inning, freshman Hanna Rebar launched a solo home run to left field to put North Texas ahead 1-0 in the second.
Charlotte (22-17, 5-7 C-USA) responded with three runs of its own in the second, highlighted by a two-run single up the middle by Erin Powers. Powers collected her third RBI of the game in the third inning with a bloop single into shallow right field to push it to a 4-1 game.
Then in the fourth, Charlotte's Kiersten Berrier hit a two-out infield single, stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball and was driven home on Grace Beatty's double to right center, making it a 5-1 game.
In the fifth, Schkade hit a leadoff triple to left center and scored on freshman Lindsay Gregory's RBI-single through the left side. The Mean Green would eventually load the bases, but Wiseman was able to limit the damage to one.
The Schkade-Lindsay Gregory tandem manufactured another run in the sixth, as Schkade drew a two-out, stole second and scored on Gregory's double to left, cutting it to a 5-3 deficit. Lacy Gregory followed Lindsay with a single but a questionable call in the outfield on senior Danielle Gregory's hit ended the inning.
"We had a realistic talk after the game about where we are in conference," Kee explained. "We need to make a move so we are not relying on other teams to get us into the tournament on our bye weekend. We need to control our own destiny and it starts with Southern Miss next weekend."
- Kelli Schkade went 2-for-4 with three RBI in the loss. She also scored two runs.
- Lindsay Gregory went 2-for-4 with two RBI, while making her first appearance of the weekend behind the dish.
- North Texas drew eight walks on Sunday. Hanna Rebar and Lacy Gregory each had two of them.
- North Texas left 11 runners on base in the game opposed to Charlotte's six.
- On the weekend, 14 of Charlotte's 26 runs came with two outs.
Up Next For North Texas
The Mean Green will host Stephen F. Austin for a mid-week game on Wednesday at 6 p.m.