Heartbreaking End Leads To Loss In Series Finale
Last Two Outs Come On Plays At Plate
EL PASO – The North Texas softball team lost the series finale to UTEP 4-3 on Sunday afternoon at Helen of Troy Softball Field. The Mean Green had two runners called out at the plate on a pair of potential RBI singles.
After Katie Clark walked and advanced on a sac bunt to lead off the final inning, she was thrown out at the plate on Lacy Gregory’s single through the left side. Camille Grahmann, who entered as a pinch runner, fell victim to the same play on the following at-bat to end the game.
For the first time in the series, North Texas (22-20, 8-7 C-USA) took the first lead on a three-run home run to left in the second inning by Nicole Ochotnicki, who was hitting just 2 for 13 (.154) entering the game and hadn’t homered in seven games.
UTEP (17-26, 7-11 C-USA) chipped away at the lead with four runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Cortney Smith scored on a fielding error in the third, and Kacey Duffield hit a solo home run to left in the fourth to make it 3-2. Courtney Clayton gave the Miners the lead in the fifth with a two-run single.
North Texas returns home for a five-game homestand, beginning against Abilene Christian at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
• The Mean Green have lost six straight games against the Miners in El Paso.
• Clark extended her streak of reaching base safely to 14 games.
• Ochotnicki’s second-inning home run gave North Texas 49 on the year, which is tied for second-most in a season in program history.