Offensive Explosion Not Enough to Overcome No. 23 Aggies

April 9, 2015




BOX SCORE: No. 23 Texas A&M 13, North Texas 9

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- An eager North Texas squad jumped out to an early 2-0 lead over the 23rd-ranked Aggies on the road, but the Mean Green pitching staff couldn't hold Texas A&M's elite batting order in check consistently. North Texas outhit the Aggies, but couldn't outscore them, as the Mean Green fell 13-9 to extend the losing skid to eight consecutive games.

In the early going, North Texas looked like a team poised to knock off its second ranked opponent in 2015. After recording two quick outs, junior Taylor Schoblocher and senior Kat Strunk launched back-to-back solo home runs to take a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.

Unfortunately, the Mean Green couldn't enjoy the lead for long. Texas A&M punched right back, tying the game up in the bottom of the frame thanks in part to several illegal pitch calls against North Texas starting pitcher Monique Garcia.

The Aggies added three more in the bottom of the second by way of two-out, three-run blast to right field. North Texas didn't go down without a fight however, stringing together five-hit rally in the top of the fourth to tie things up at five runs apiece.

Texas A&M outscored the Mean Green 8-4 across the final three frames to pull away with a comfortable victory in front of a home crowd. NT's Garcia picked up the loss in a decent effort, allowing five hits and six runs in 3.1 innings pitch.

While the Mean Green pitching struggled tonight, the batting order exploded for 13 hits, nine runs, two walks and just two strikeouts. Among several notable performances, freshman Sarah Barker stood out with a 3 for 4 night including two doubles and an RBI.

Junior Karly Williams also looked stellar, going 2 for 3 with 3 RBI including a towering home run blast off the A&M video board in left field. In a home run derby style of game, North Texas had four bombs (Land, Schoblocher, Strunk, Williams) to Texas A&M's three.

Next Up:

After falling to #23 Texas A&M, North Texas will return home looking to snap its eight-game skid against Conference USA divisional opponent UTSA in a weekend series. First pitch of game one is set for 1 p.m. CT on Saturday, April 11, 2015.

Quick Hits:
  • For the first time in all five games against Texas A&M in program history, North Texas avoided a run-rule loss and took the Aggies past the sixth inning. All four previous meetings, also in College Station, ended in the fifth or sixth inning by run-rule scoring differential.
  • Head coach Tracey Kee had previously never faced the Aggies in her coaching career. Kee is now 5-18 versus SEC member schools all-time.
  • Tonight's nine-run tally by the Mean Green is the most it has scored since March 14 against Southern Miss (12 runs). During the current eight-game losing skid, North Texas has been held to one run or less in four of the games.
  • North Texas is now 1-13 against Top 25 or `receiving votes' teams in 2015. The Mean Green are still set to take on currently #5 Oklahoma this season on April 14 and April 20.
  • Junior Taylor Schoblocher now has 12 home runs on the season, a new career season-high. She hit 11 dingers in her freshman year (2013). The North Texas leader now moves into sole possession of No. 5 on the all-time career home runs list with 28 total in three seasons in Denton.

 

 

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