Softball Comeback Comes Up Short

Boca Raton, FL (4/10/11) - A seventh-inning comeback came up short as the North Texas softball team lost to Florida Atlantic, 5-4, on Sunday afternoon at the FAU Softball Complex.

The Owls improve to 25-18 and 9-3 in the conference, while the Mean Green falls to 17-23 and 3-12 in the Sun Belt. FAU leads the overall series, 10-7 and swept the season series.

Down 5-1, North Texas scored three runs in the top of the seventh but left the bases loaded. The Mean Green was hurt by two errors and three walks in the game.

For the third straight game, FAU took an early lead. Brittany Walker drew a bases on balls and later scored off a dropped third strike and a Mean Green error. The run put the Owls ahead, 1-0, in the first.

North Texas quickly tied the game in the top of the second with an RBI single by Renae Bromley. She drove home Lisa Johnson who reached base with a double.

FAU took the lead for a second time, 4-1, in the fourth inning with three runs. A lead-off walk came around to score off a single down the left field line. Two more runs came around to score off a Mean Green error.

The Owls added a fifth run in the sixth inning off an RBI double by Walker.

Caitlin Grimes led off the top of the seventh with a solo home run to left field. It was her seventh of the season, tying for the team lead. Johnson followed with her second double of the game and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Jackie Miller brought her home with an RBI pinch-hit double down the left-field line, cutting the lead to 5-3.

Brooke Foster beat out a grounder to the shortstop to put two runners on base, and Mariza Martinez drew a walk to load the bases for the Mean Green. Mallory Cantler drove in a run with an RBI single to put North Texas within one run, 5-4. A fly ball ended the Mean Green comeback.

Ashley Kirk (7-12) took the loss in the game. She pitched 5.2 innings and gave up two earned runs off eight hits. With her nine strikeouts, Kirk moved into third place at North Texas for single-season strikeouts with 120. She moves ahead of Ashley Lail, who recorded 118 strikeouts during the 2007 season.

Foster went 3-for-3 for the Mean Green and Cantler and Johnson each posted two hits.

North Texas returns to action when it faces nationally-ranked Texas on Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m.



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