North Texas Splits Saturday's Doubleheader In Walk-Off Fashion
Gregory Twins Record Clutch Hits In Game Two
DENTON - The North Texas softball team split Saturday's Conference USA doubleheader with Florida Atlantic, dropping game one, 3-1, and winning game two, 3-2, on freshman Lacy Gregory's walk-off single to left.
"I thought we played well in both games," head coach Tracey Kee said. "Offensively, we did a nice job of squaring things up and getting timely hits. After we dropped game one, we were still in a position to win the series and our kids did a great job of hanging in there before securing the win in game two."
The walk-off victory is the third of the season in conference action for North Texas.
FAU 3, North Texas 1
FAU received a dominant performance in the circle from Amanda Wilson and did enough offensively to down North Texas, 3-1.
Wilson threw a complete-game allowing one run on seven scattered hits with two strikeouts en route to her 13th win of the season. North Texas senior Stacey Underwood took the loss in 1.2 innings pitched allowing two runs on one hit with five walks. Classmate Jessica Elder relieved Underwood in the circle, tossing 5.1 innings allowing one runner to cross the plate.
After a scoreless first inning, FAU took a two-run lead in the second frame without recording a hit. Underwood hit one batter and walked four in the inning, which led to the two runs.
In the third, North Texas cut the deficit to one on Danielle Gregory's RBI double to shallow right field, plating senior Kelli Schkade, who singled to lead off the inning.
That was all the offense North Texas could muster against Wilson as she worked out of jams in the sixth and seventh innings, stranding the tying runner in scoring position on both occasions.
FAU tacked on an insurance run in the top of the seventh, ending the scoring at 3-1 in its favor.
Schkade finished 2-for-4 with a run scored in the loss.
North Texas 3, FAU 2
The Gregory twins came up huge for the Mean Green in game two, as Lindsay tied the game at two with a base knock into left field before Lacy ended the game 3-2 in favor of North Texas on a two-out walk-off single down the line in left field.
"They are great kids," Kee said. "They love the game and are passionate about it. They hit two and three for us so if one gets a hit, it's likely the other will as well. I was happy for Lacy. She struck out looking earlier in the game and for her to step up and drive the winning-run home was huge for us."
Trailing 2-1 heading to the bottom of the seventh, sophomore Hannah Gerecke walked to lead off the inning before reaching second on a fielder's choice. After freshman Camille Grahmann pinch ran for Gerecke at second, Lindsay laced a 1-1 pitch into left field to knot the game at two, while twin sister Lacy hit a 3-2 pitch down the line in left, scoring Schkade to end the game in favor of North Texas.
Sophomore Lauren Craine (5-5) picked up the win in relief, tossing two innings while allowing no hits with one walk.
"I'm proud of Lauren," Kee added. "I keep throwing her in very tough situations and she's been successful. I thought at OU she did a great job of spinning the ball and I had zero hesitation of going to her today. A lot of people thought I'd leave Stacey in or bring Jessica back, but Lauren has been getting it done and I'm riding her confidence right now."
Underwood took a no-decision in five innings of work, allowing two runs on six hits with two strikeouts and two walks. FAU's Tatum Buckley (7-6) tossed 6.2 innings allowing three runs on eight hits.
After never leading in game one, North Texas (23-23, 10-10) struck first in game two, taking a one-run lead in the third inning on Lacy Gregory's sacrifice fly to deep left field, plating Schkade.
The Owls (30-16, 10-7) knotted the game at one in the fourth on Kaitlyn Burke's RBI-single to left field and took a 2-1 lead in the fifth as Buckley helped her cause with a base knock up the middle.
But that was it for FAU as Craine was dominant across the last two frames, retiring six of the seven batters she faced.
- Kelli Schkade recorded the 48th multi-hit game of her career, the fifth most in program history. She has 19 this season.
- North Texas' 1-2-3 hitters went a combined 9-for-20 on the day with three runs scored and three RBI.
- Lacy Gregory has now tallied a team-best nine multi-RBI games after collecting two in game two.
- Hannah Gerecke tallied a multi-hit game against FAU, going 2-for-3 in the opening game of the series.
- North Texas moves to 9-2 at home in C-USA play.
- Rhylie Makawe recorded a huge out in game one after fielding a bunt and diving to tag the runner out at home to prevent a run from scoring.
- The Mean Green is 15-14 all-time against FAU.
Up Next For North Texas
The Mean Green and FAU return for the series finale tomorrow at noon.