With One Swing of the Bat, North Texas Snaps Skid vs. UTSA
Home Run Heroics Helps Mean Green Split Day One with Roadrunners
(G1) BOX SCORE: UTSA 5, North Texas 3
(G2) BOX SCORE: North Texas 3, UTSA 2
DENTON -- With one deep fly ball over the left field wall, North Texas finally saw its nine-game losing skid snap against Conference USA foe UTSA at home on Sunday. After surrendering a late lead to the Roadrunners in their final at bat to drop game one, the Mean Green responded with a grind-it-out 3-2 victory in game two.
North Texas starting pitcher Monique Garcia worked quickly in game one, striking out the first two batters of the ballgame. She quickly ran into trouble however, allowing UTSA to take an early 1-0 lead via a solo blast to deep centerfield from Megan Low, just the third batter of the day.
Even though the Mean Green didn't record a hit in the second, it tied things up at 1-1 by way of a Kelli Schkade sac fly that plated Kat Strunk. North Texas used three hits and an error in the bottom of the fourth to take a commanding 3-1 lead late in the game.
Unfortunately for North Texas, UTSA's long ball just couldn't be stopped. A solo home run in top of the fifth, and two more bombs in the top of the 7th allowed the Roadrunners to rally and steal the opening game of the series from North Texas in dramatic fashion.
In game two, the Mean Green surrendered an early lead to UTSA in the second inning off of a two-out RBI triple from Jade Smith. The Roadrunners added its fifth home run of the day in the top of the fifth on a solo shot to left field from Low.
North Texas found all the run support it needed in the bottom of the third inning. After back-to-back two-out walks from Strunk and Taylor Schoblocher, designated player Shelbie Smith made the Roadrunners pay with a three-run smash to the batting cages beyond the left field fence.
Sophomore Stacey Underwood pitched an effective 5.0 inning outing, allowing eight hits but just two earned runs en route to her team-high seventh win of the season. In relief, Kenzie Grimes held UTSA hitless over the game's final two innings, to preserve the save and the victory for the Mean Green.
After splitting on day one, North Texas and UTSA will battle in game three on Sunday to decide a series victor. Due to impending weather, first pitch has now been moved up to 11:00 a.m. CT at Lovelace Stadium in Denton.
- With the win on Saturday, North Texas finally snapped its nine-game losing streak. The skid was the longest win-drought by the Mean Green since it dropped a program-record 14 games in a row back in 2007.
- After being sidelined by a concussion in the Mar. 25 game vs. Baylor, North Texas' Bryana Wade made a return behind the dish at catcher in game two against UTSA. In the seven-game absence, Shelbie Smith picked up the slack, however.
- In an uncharacteristic day on Saturday, the Mean Green pitching staff struck out batters left and right. Garcia picked up 7 K's in game one, the most since her 8 K performance in her debut on the first day of the 2015 season. Underwood struck out five, after never recording more than a two in a game previously this season.