Mean Green's Road Struggles Continue at OSU

April 29, 2015

(G1) BOX SCORE: Oklahoma State 3, North Texas 0
(G2) BOX SCORE: Oklahoma State 6, North Texas 4

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STILLWATER, Okla. -- North Texas road woes continued on Wednesday night at Oklahoma State, as the Mean Green fell in non-conference doubleheader action, 3-0 in game one and 6-4 in game two. The Cowgirls forced North Texas to strand 18 baserunners across two games, including leaving the bases loaded on three separate occasions.

The Mean Green looked to hop out to quick start in game one, as Kat Strunk and Taylor Schoblocher led off the game with a single to right and double to left field, respectively. Senior Dani Hoff added an infield single to put pressure on OSU with a first inning bases juiced situation. Unfortunately, a hard line drive by Shelbie Smith was snagged by the centerfielder and tossed to second to double off Schoblocher and end the early threat with no damage done.

North Texas created another opportunity to score in the fourth, when Smith and Kelli Schkade picked up back-to-back one out singles before Spencer Ferrell added a two-out walk to load up the bases for the second time in the game's first four innings. The Mean Green failed to capitalize once again, as a groundball to third base ended the inning without plating a run again.

Sophomore Stacey Underwood looked solid on Wednesday, fighting hard in a pitcher's duel to hold Oklahoma State scoreless through four complete innings. The Cowgirls finally cracked the board first with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the fifth, before also adding two more insurance runs via a two-run blast to left field in the bottom of the sixth.

Despite seven base hits and twelve total baserunners in game one, North Texas failed to score a single run. The 3-0 shutout defeat on the road marked the second time in the last four games that has occurred.

Nearly déjà vu, North Texas and Oklahoma State battled in a scoreless game two until it reached the bottom of the fourth. After pitching a gem through the first three, Mean Green freshman Monique Garcia ran into a wall and began to struggle. Sophomore Kenzie Grimes would enter in relief of Garcia, but not before she could allow three runs on three hits, a walk and a wild pitch.

Trailing 3-0 on the road, North Texas dug deep and found some energy to mount a comeback attempt. After a one-out solo shot from Strunk, back-to-back singles from Smith and Schkade set up Mallory Land for a two-out RBI base hit.

Unfortunately after cutting the deficit to just one run, Grimes tossed a rough sixth inning, allowing four insurance runs to cross the plate before she could stop the bleeding. In a game that seemed completely out of reach at that point, the North Texas lineup went to work in its final at bat to make things interesting.

Two singles and a walk loaded up the bases for the Mean Green before Hoff doubled down the right field line to plate two runs. A Mallory Land full count walk loaded up the bases once again and brought up power hitting Schoblocher to the plate. The home run threat launched a deep fly ball to the right center gap but Oklahoma State was able to come up with a last second catch to put the Mean Green comeback hopes to rest for good.

Next Up:

North Texas looks to get back out of the `L' column as soon as possible, however it will face a tough test when No. 4 Oklahoma comes to town in game two of the season series (OU leads 1-0) on Thursday. Sooner Lauren Chamberlain is still chasing history, needing just one more homerun to become the NCAA all-time career homeruns leader. First pitch is set for 6:00 PM CT at Lovelace Stadium.

Quick Hits:
  • After once pulling to .500 with a 14-14 record, North Texas has now dropped 15 of the last 17 games. North Texas last won a non-conference matchup on March 16 in a 4-2 ballgame against Tulsa at home in Denton.
  • Even after a disheartening stretch towards the end of the season, North Texas finds itself right in the thick of the battle for the final two Conference USA Tournament berths with FIU, Charlotte and UTEP. If the season ended today, the Mean Green would be on the outside looking in by half of a game. UTEP and North Texas meet this weekend, with a game televised nationally by FOX Sports, to decide who's season ends early and who moves on.
  • Senior center fielder Kat Strunk blasted her 9th home run of the season on Wednesday night in game two. She has quickly zoomed up the North Texas leaderboard and only trails Taylor Schoblocher who has 13 HR in 2015. In her two year career as a member of Mean Green softball, Strunk has 16 total homers.

 

 

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