North Texas Falls To Defending National Champions, 8-0

April 18, 2017

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NORMAN, Oklahoma - The North Texas softball team was dealt an 8-0 run-rule loss by No. 8 Oklahoma on Tuesday night at the OU Softball Complex.

"For us, we weren't going to be able to compete on our field, so to be able to see live pitching and compete against the defending National Champions is exciting," head coach Tracey Kee said. "I wasn't overly disappointed tonight. We have a healthy dose of respect for them and I'm interested to see what they can do down the stretch."

OU's Mariah Lopez picked up her 13th win of the season, tossing four innings limiting the Mean Green to two hits.

"It's about quality at bats," Kee said. "We struck out three times tonight and if you look at last weekend, we had 10 in a game. I thought we did a good job of putting the ball in play and their left side did a great job of taking some hits away from us."

In the opening stanza, senior Kelli Schkade reached on an error by OU's second baseman, but North Texas was unable to get her across the plate.

In the home half of the first, the Sooners loaded the bases after two walks and a hit batter, but senior Stacey Underwood was able to limit the damage to one, as Alissa Dalton scored on Sydney Romero's sacrifice fly to right. OU tacked on three runs in the second, capped off by Caleigh Clifton's two-run home run to left-center field, making it a 4-0 ballgame.

The Mean Green (22-21) put a runner on base in the third after sophomore Bailey Thompson legged out an infield single, but Lopez worked out of the inning, keeping North Texas off the board.

Then, in the fourth, OU used four hits and capitalized on a fielding error to stretch its lead to 6-0. Kelsey Arnold singled to lead of the innings and later scored on Dalton's single to left. Lea Wodach singled and came around to score after senior Danielle Gregory misplayed Shay Knighten's base hit in left field.

OU (39-7) tacked on a run in the fifth and Paige Parker sealed the victory with an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth.

Underwood (12-9) lasted two innings, allowing four runs on three hits with two walks. Senior Jessica Elder and sophomore Lauren Craine finished the game in relief for the Mean Green.

"We have a quick turnaround, but it will be a quality game tomorrow," Kee said. "Abilene Christian has a lot of similarities to Florida Atlantic, so it'll be good prep work for the weekend."

Quick Hits

  • North Texas used all three of its pitchers in the game.
  • The Mean Green is now 1-1 against ranked opponents this season.
  • All 15 members of North Texas' roster saw action in the game. 
  • North Texas stranded three runners on base opposed to Oklahoma's eight.

Up Next For North Texas

The Mean Green will remain on the road to challenge Abilene Christian on Wednesday at 5 p.m.