North Texas Drops 1-0 Pitchers' Duel At Kansas
Mean Green Falls In First Of Four Games At Kansas Round Robin
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Coming off a 1-0 walk-off win over UT Arlington on Wednesday, the North Texas softball team found itself on the wrong side of a 1-0 decision, falling to Kansas by the same score on Friday night in its first game at the Kansas Round Robin. The Jayhawks (21-13) scored the game’s lone run on a two-out, RBI single in the fourth inning.
Kansas sophomore Andie Formby (12-5) tossed a complete-game shutout in the circle, limiting North Texas (19-17) to just three hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. She allowed just two runners to advance into scoring position and faced just four batters with runners in scoring position. It was the third time in six games, and the fourth time overall, that North Texas has been shutout this season.
“It was a well-played game,” head coach Tracey Kee said. “Both pitchers dealt the ball well. It came down to who had the timely hit, and unfortunately they did today. I was pleased with our pitching and I was pleased our kids’ energy. If we continue to attack teams like that, good things will happen for us. I was pleased with the effort.”
Kansas loaded the bases in the second and third innings, but Underwood kept the Jayhawks off the board in both innings, getting a pop out to shortstop for the final out of the second and then getting back-to-back groundouts to get out of the third. After threatening in the early innings, Kansas broke through in the fourth, scoring first and grabbing a 1-0 lead with a two-out, RBI single to left.
North Texas produced its greatest threat in the fifth, as senior second baseman Karly Williams led off the inning with a double to right. Junior outfielder Danielle Gregory later reached on an infield single and freshman outfielder Bailey Thompson reached on a fielder’s choice, but the Mean Green were unable to push a run across in the frame.
Junior Stacey Underwood (6-8) took the loss for North Texas, giving up one run on six hits with two walks and a strikeout. She pitched out of trouble and limited damage throughout the game, stranding nine Kansas runners on the base paths, including the bases loaded in the second and third innings.
“Stacey did a great job for us,” Kee said. “She had been struggling mechanically, so for her to go out and really stay focused on her motion and just let the ball speak for itself, she did a nice job of that. Her outing is certainly a boost to her confidence. She’s a really good pitcher and she just needs to trust her stuff.”
- North Texas was shut out for the fourth time this season, the third time in the last six games, and limited to three hits, tied for its second-lowest output of the season
- North Texas has scored just five runs in its last six games, going 1-5 in those six games, including a 1-0 win over UT Arlington on Wednesday night
- This was the fourth 1-0 game that North Texas has played in this season, and it holds a 2-2 record with wins over Liberty and UT Arlington and losses to Liberty to Kansas
- North Texas has now played in 12 one-run games, going 7-5 in such games this season
- Kelli Schkade saw her 15-game reached base streak snapped, as she failed to reach base for just the second time this season
- Danielle Gregory snapped a five-game hitless, going 2-for-2 for her 14th multi-hit game of the season, tied for the most on the team with Kelli Schkade
- Stacey Underwood allowed just one run on six hits with a walk and a strikeout in 6.0 innings, her fewest runs allowed in a start since tossing 4.0 shutout innings in a 15-1 win over Houston Baptist on March 6
- Facing Stacey Underwood, Kansas was just 3-for-14 with runners on base, including 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position, and left nine runners on base
North Texas continues play at the Kansas Round Robin, facing Georgia Tech (11 a.m.) and Kansas (1:30 p.m.) tomorrow, before concluding play Sunday against Georgia Tech at 9 a.m.