North Texas Can't Stop History, No. 4 OU in Home Loss
Oklahoma's Chamberlain Notches Career Homerun No. 91, Becomes New NCAA All-Time Leader
BOX SCORE: Oklahoma 6, North Texas 2
DENTON -- A record-breaking crowd witnessed history in the making on Thursday night at Lovelace Stadium, as Sooner Lauren Chamberlain finally reached homerun number 91 of her career. Behind the new NCAA all-time leader's fourth inning grand slam, No. 4 Oklahoma pushed past a struggling North Texas squad in an entertaining 6-2 ballgame.
North Texas looked strong and eager for a potential upset in the early going, holding the fourth-ranked prolific Sooner lineup scoreless through the first three frames. In the bottom of the second, the Mean Green opened up the scoring via a Bryana Wade two-run homerun down the left field line.
After only giving up just a single hit through three innings pitched, North Texas starting pitcher Kenzie Grimes ran into trouble in the top of the fourth. Three walks loaded up the bases with two outs for the power-hitting Chamberlain, who promptly took advantage of the moment. A deep blast to straightaway center surrendered both the NCAA all-time career homeruns record and the Mean Green lead, putting OU up 4-2 and eventually providing the final difference in the game.
Oklahoma added one in the fifth via a North Texas error and one more in the sixth via a sacrifice fly to deep centerfield. In a solid staff effort, three Mean Green pitchers - Grimes, Stacey Underwood and Monique Garcia - combined to hold the slugging Sooners to just five hits and only six runs, four of which came on one pitch.
A theme of late, North Texas continued to struggle to plate runs even while providing several baserunners. In the last three games, the Mean Green has stranded 25 baserunners and as a team has hit 3 for 19 (.158) with runners in scoring position including 1 for 6 (.167) with the bases loaded.
Even while struggling of late, North Texas enters the final weekend of play with much still to play for. The Mean Green take on UTEP in the last Conference USA regular season series at home in Denton, with a berth in the conference tournament directly on the line. Winner of the series moves on, loser hangs it up for the season. First pitch of game one, nationally televised on Fox Sports networks and affiliates, is set for noon on Saturday, May 2.
- After once pulling to .500 with a 14-14 record, North Texas has now dropped 16 of the last 18 games, and seven in a row. North Texas last won a non-conference matchup on March 16 in a 4-2 ballgame against Tulsa at home in Denton.
- North Texas played in front of a record-breaking crowd on Thursday night at Lovelace Stadium in Denton, as 691 attended the game against No. 4 Oklahoma. The previous largest home crowd was 682, nearly a year ago, in game one of a doubleheader against No. 18 Tulsa on May 3, 2014.
- The Mean Green dropped the 2015 season series with OU 0-2, with game one being lost 6-3 on the road in Norman on April 20. North Texas is now 0-27 all-time against the Sooners, providing them with their best undefeated mark against another program.
- Previously 1 for 10 against the Mean Green heading into Thursday's matchup, Sooner Lauren Chamberlain finally picked up hit number two, and a big one at that. After the historic day, the senior finishes her career 3 for 14 against North Texas with two doubles and a lone homerun (grand slam).