North Texas Rallies Past Southern Miss, 9-6

April 9, 2017

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DENTON - The North Texas softball team rallied past Southern Miss on Sunday, securing a series-victory with a 9-6 win at Lovelace Stadium.

Trailing 6-3 going into the sixth inning, North Texas (21-17, 8-7 C-USA) rattled off five hits and capitalized on one error to plate six runs, securing the 9-6 comeback victory.

Senior Danielle Gregory and freshman Nicole Ochotnicki logged back-to-back hits to get the inning going, and sophomore Hannah Gerecke re-entered the game and launched a bases-clearing double to right-center field, making it a 6-5 game.

After USM's Kim Crowson loaded the bases, freshman Lindsay Gregory knotted the score at six with a bloop single to right. Then, Lacy Gregory reached on a fielder's choice, and pinch-runner Bailey Thompson scored the eventual winning run on an errant throw by the shortstop. Freshman Hanna Rebar followed with an RBI single to left and Danielle Gregory finished the scoring with a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Lindsay Gregory.

"This win was crucial for us," head coach Tracey Kee said. "Every win is, but to be able to take advantage of your home field and the crowd is a positive. This team was resilient and it was a total team effort in the win."

Senior Jessica Elder (5-6) secured the win in relief, tossing two innings, while collecting two strikeouts.

"I told Jess to worry about her game and let the offense work," Kee added. "I thought she did a great job of coming in and punching those last six outs."

USM's Crowson took the loss in 1/3 innings pitched, allowing three runs - one earned - on two hits.

USM (20-21, 5-10 C-USA) scored one run in the first stanza, but it could have been more as a runner was called out for leaving third base early, negating two runs. The Mean Green responded with a run of their own as Rebar drove home Lindsay Gregory on a single to left.

Each team added a run in the third, but Southern Miss made it a 6-2 ballgame in the fifth after plating four runs highlighted by Caitlyn Aldous' two-run double to right center.

North Texas chipped away in its at-bat as Schkade tripled to lead off the home half of the fifth and Lindsay Gregory drove her home on a single to left. Lindsay finished the day 4-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored.

"Lindsay has done a great job the last couple of weeks," Kee added. "We moved her to shortstop this weekend and she played really well. She started some innings with clutch hits and did a really good job of being competitive."

With the victory, North Texas remains in second place in Conference USA's West bracket.

"We understand that we control our destiny," Kee said. "We have nine conference games left and we are going to continue to compete until the final out."

Quick Hits
  • Lindsay Gregory's four-hit game was the first of the season for a North Texas hitter.
  • Kelli Schkade scored three runs on the afternoon and hit her team-leading fifth triple, tying Jackie Miller for the most in a single season. 
  • Seven of the nine starters recorded a hit in the game.
  • The six-run comeback was the largest in conference this season. 
  • Stacey Underwood recorded her 75th strikeout of the season, a single-season best.
  • North Texas has not lost a Conference USA series at home this season.
  • The nine runs scored matches a conference high (March 12 vs. UTEP).
  • North Texas won its 11th home game of the season, matching its total from last year.
  • The Mean Green recorded 12 hits in the game, the most they have had in a conference game this season. 
Up Next For The Mean Green

North Texas travels to Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Wednesday to complete a home-and-home series with Oklahoma State. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.
 

 

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