Mean Green Shutout In Doubleheader At Southern Miss

April 16, 2016

Game One: Southern Miss 4, North Texas 0  Get Acrobat Reader 

Game Two: Southern Miss 3, North Texas 0 Get Acrobat Reader

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- After stepping out of Conference USA play this past weekend, the North Texas softball team began the second half of its league slate on Saturday at Southern Miss, dropping both games of the doubleheader in shutout fashion.

The Mean Green (20-22, 3-11 C-USA) managed a combined seven hits and did not score a run, falling 4-0 in game one and 3-0 in game two, as sophomore Samantha Robles and junior Danielle Block both tossed complete-game shutouts for the Golden Eagles (22-23, 9-8 C-USA).

"Our offense has been stagnant for the last few weeks, and a lot of these kids are better hitters than what they're showing," head coach Tracey Kee said. "As a team, we're a good offense, but until we start making adjustments, we're not going to put hits on the board. And if you don't put hits on the board, you're not going to put runs on the board, and that's what happened today."

Outside of a four-run third inning in game one, the trio of junior Jessica Elder, junior Stacey Underwood and freshman Lauren Craine allowed just three runs on 10 hits with a walk and a strikeout in 11.0 innings of work. Underwood started game two and did not allow a hit until the fifth inning.

Junior Danielle Gregory tallied a multi-hit game (2-for-3) in game one, while freshman Makenzi Dawson did so in game two (2-for-2), and they each tallied a triple in game one, the team's fourth and fifth triples of the season. As a team, however, North Texas was a combined 7-for-47 (.149) overall at the plate, including 0-for-13 with runners on base, 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and 4-for-18 (.222) with two outs.

"I think Stacey threw well enough for us to win in the second game, to keep the hits off the board and put up zeroes as long as she did," Kee said. "You can't ask a pitcher to do much more than that. I made one bad pitch call, which resulted in two runs, but other than that, if we can't put runs up on the board, we're not going to win."

Game One: Southern Miss 4, North Texas 0

Southern Miss put together a four-run third inning and that was all that sophomore Samantha Robles and the Golden Eagles needed in a 4-0 win to take the series opener. Robles (13-7) tossed a complete-game shutout, scattering four hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in 7.0 innings.

North Texas advanced a runner to third base in the second, fourth and seventh innings, including a two-out triple by freshman Makenzi Dawson in the second and a leadoff triple by junior Danielle Gregory in the seventh, the fourth and fifth triples of the season for the Mean Green, but they were unable to push a run across. Gregory also had a two-out single, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch in the fourth.

Southern Miss threatened in the first inning, putting two runners in scoring position with two outs, and again in the second inning, putting another runner in scoring position, before breaking through with the big inning in the third. Each of the first five batters in the inning singled, including back-to-back, bases-loaded RBI singles to give the Golden Eagles a 2-0 lead. After an out was recorded, Robles helped herself and provided the big hit of the inning, a two-RBI double to the gap in left-center to extend the lead to 4-0.

Junior Jessica Elder (13-8) took the loss, as she allowed four runs on eight hits with no walks and a strikeout in 2.0-plus innings. Fellow junior Stacey Underwood inherited the bases loaded with no outs in the third inning and limited the damage to two runs. She allowed just one hit in 2.0 scoreless innings of relief, while freshman Lauren Craine also allowed just one hit in 2.0 scoreless inning of relief.

Game Two: Southern Miss 3, North Texas 0

North Texas junior Stacey Underwood and Southern Miss junior Danielle Block traded zero for zero, before the Golden Eagles broke through in the fifth inning. Southern Miss tallied its first hit of the game in the frame and strung together two more base hits to push a run across for a 1-0 lead. The Golden Eagles added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth on a two-run home run and went on to complete the doubleheader sweep and claim the weekend series with a 3-0 win.

Junior shortstop Kelli Schkade led off the game with an infield single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and third on a groundout, but the Mean Green were unable to drive her home in the inning. It was one of two times in the game that North Texas advanced a runner into scoring position, with freshman Makenzi Dawson leading off the fifth with a single to right and later advancing to second on another sacrifice bunt.

Block (6-10) tossed a complete-game shutout in the win, limiting North Texas to three hits with a walk and three strikeouts in 7.0 innings. Underwood (6-11), who did not allow a hit until the fifth inning, suffered the loss for the Mean Green. She allowed three runs on six hits with a walk in 5.1 innings.

Quick Hits:

  • North Texas was shutout in back-to-back games for the first time this season
  • North Texas was shutout for the fourth and fifth time in its last 12 games and the sixth time overall this season
  • Since taking two of three at WKU, North Texas has lost five straight Conference USA games
  • North Texas has lost the opener in each of the first five Conference USA series this season and looks to avoid being swept for the third time this season in tomorrow's series finale
  • With an 0-for-3 game in game one, Kelli Schkade was kept off the base paths in back-to-back games for the first time this season and held hitless in back-to-back games for just the second time this season
  • Makenzi Dawson tallied her first career triple, while Danielle Gregory tallied her team-leading third triple of the season, both in game one, giving the team five triples for the season
  • The two triples in game one are tied for the second-most in a game in school history, last doing so on March 9, 2014, against Middle Tennessee
  • Makenzi Dawson stole her team-leading 12th base of the season in game two and is now 12-for-14 in stolen base attempts this season
  • Stacey Underwood worked a combined 7.1 innings and allowed just three runs on seven hits with a walk, while Lauren Craine worked a combined 2.2 scoreless innings and allowed just one hit

What's Next:

North Texas plays Southern Miss in tomorrow's series finale with a first pitch set for 1 p.m.


 

 

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