Mean Green Offense Breaks Out In Run-Rule Win Over Georgia Tech
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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The North Texas offense exploded for 10 runs and 12 hits in a 10-2 run-rule win over Georgia Tech in five innings. The Mean Green (20-19) scored six runs in the second inning, and senior second baseman Karly Williams clinched the win with a two-out, two-RBI single in the fifth inning.
All nine starters reached base in the contest, and four different players tallied multi-hit games, led by freshman third baseman Harley Perella, who had a career day, going 4-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI.
"As a team, the offense really broke out today," head coach Tracey Kee said. "It was important to get back on the ball, have a good outing in the circle and play solid defense in the field. These kids did a great job of not panicking. They were loose, and Bry got us on the board early, and the momentum took off from there."
After a scoreless first inning, freshman outfielder Makenzi Dawson and sophomore designated player Lauren Miller ignited the second-inning rally with back-to-back, one-out walks, and then senior catcher Bryana Wade delivered the big hit with a three-run blast to left field, her fourth home run of the season.
After the second out was recorded in the inning, the next five batters recorded a base hit, scoring three runs, including base knocks by Perella and freshman first baseman Rhylie Makawe, and another run came home on a Georgia Tech fielding error.
North Texas added two more runs in the fourth, on another RBI single by Perella and a sacrifice fly by Makawe. Georgia Tech (16-23) answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning to send the game into the fifth inning with North Texas leading 8-2. In the top of the fifth, with runners at second and third and two outs, Williams delivered with a two-RBI single through the right side.
"We did a nice job of stringing hits together and coming through with clutch hits," Kee said. "When they cut it back, we respond with two more runs. Our kids played every out hard. I was very pleased with Coach Koz and the adjustments that our kids made."
Junior Jessica Elder (13-7) did her part on the mound as well, limiting Georgia Tech to two runs and scattering nine hits with a walk and two strikeouts in 4.0 innings. She worked out of trouble throughout, stranding the bases loaded in the second inning and stranding two runners each in the first, third and fourth innings. Fellow junior Stacey Underwood worked a scoreless fifth to close out the 10-2 win in five innings.
"As a team, you're going to hit spurts where you just can't buy a hit and can't buy a timely hit. I feel like we turned the corner and battled through it. It would have been easy for us to roll over and put another loss in the column, but this team showed some grit and showed some fight, and it was nice to see them have their confidence back."
- North Texas scored 10 or more runs for the fifth time and the first time since March 15 against Incarnate Word, improving to 5-0 in such games this season
- North Texas tallied double-digit hits for the 15th time this season and the first time since March 28 against Western Kentucky
- North Texas improves to 16-4 when scoring first this season, compared to 4-15 when its opponent scores first
- North Texas improves to 3-0 coming off run-rule losses, including two run-rule wins among those three bounce-back wins
- Kelli Schkade tallied her team-leading 16th mutli-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double and three runs scored
- Harley Perella set a career high for hits, going 4-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI
- Bryana Wade set a season high for RBI, going 1-for-2 with a run scored and three RBI, all courtesy her three-run home run in the second inning
- North Texas went 9-for-16 with runners on base, including 7-for-12 with runners in scoring position, and 8-for-14 with two outs
- Georgia Tech went 5-for-18 with runners on base, including 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position, and 3-for-8 with two outs
North Texas continues its eight-game road swing at Oklahoma on Wednesday at 6 p.m., before returning to Conference USA play next weekend at Southern Miss.