Late-Game Rally Pushes North Texas to Crucial Series Victory

April 12, 2015




BOX SCORE: North Texas 5, UTSA 2

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DENTON -- Just as it had on day one of the series, the UTSA long ball threatened the hopes of a North Texas victory. However, the Mean Green rallied for five unanswered runs over the course of its final two at bats to push past the Roadrunners, 5-2, and clinch a pivotal series with Conference USA tournament aspirations on the line.

For the second consecutive start, North Texas' Monique Garcia struck out the first two batters of the ballgame, and this time she avoided trouble early. After taking a no-hit bid into the fourth inning, UTSA's Soefje finally figured Garcia out, launching a two-run bomb to left center.

In what had been a pitcher's duel type of game to that point, it looked like UTSA's two runs might be too much of a deficit for North Texas to overcome. The Mean Green did not give up, however, pulling together on all sides of the ball for a late-game rally.

After entering the fourth inning in relief, sophomore pitcher Stacey Underwood took command of the circle and shut down the UTSA lineup in its final three at bats. Underwood kept the Roadrunners scoreless by allowing just three hits in 3.0 IP.

The North Texas bats came alive in the bottom of the fifth after a leadoff single from designated player Bryana Wade. Things looked bleak for a moment after two quick outs, but an illegal pitch call and four singles from Mallory Land, Kat Strunk, Shelbie Smith and Kelli Schkade helped North Texas take a 4-2 lead.

Knowing no lead was safe from the Roadrunners, the Mean Green added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth thanks to a Land single down the left field line to score Dani Hoff, who had earlier reached on an error. North Texas scored all five runs on Sunday with two outs.

Next Up:

After picking up a "must-win" series victory over Conference USA West Division rival UTSA, North Texas will turn around and face likely its toughest challenge yet. On Tuesday, April 14, the Mean Green will take on #5 Oklahoma in game one of a two-game home-and-home series in a six day span. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m. CT at Lovelace Stadium in Denton.

Quick Hits:
  • After dropping nine consecutive games, the longest skid since 2007 (program record of 14 losses in a row), North Texas is now headed in the right direction. The two-game winning streak is the first time the Mean Green has had back-to-back wins since Mar. 22 at FIU. 
  • Sophomore catcher Shelbie Smith continued her streak of clutch performances at the plate on Sunday, knocking in the go-ahead run with an RBI single in the fifth inning. On Saturday, Smith's three-run home run provided the game-winning RBIs in game two. 
  • After dropping two consecutive decisions on Mar. 28 and Apr. 1, sophomore pitcher Stacey Underwood has now picked up the win in two consecutive appearances. Underwood leads the Mean Green pitching staff with eight wins and a team-best 3.68 ERA, and her four losses are tied for the team low.

 

 

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