North Texas Splits On Day Two In Gainesville
Mean Green Fall To Florida, Upend Florida A&M
GAINESVILLE, Florida – The North Texas softball team split Saturday’s doubleheader at KSP Stadium, falling 9-0 to No. 1 Florida in game one before rebounding with a 6-2 victory over Florida A&M in game two.
“We needed this win,” head coach Tracey Kee said. “We had been on a six-game skid and for us to dig in against a good Florida A&M team who is rolling at this point was key. We needed to get that one in the win column.”
No. 1 Florida 9, North Texas 0 (5)
Another strong performance in the circle by Florida’s Delanie Gourley and a six-run fifth inning secured a 9-0 run-rule victory over the North Texas softball team on Saturday afternoon for the No. 1 team in the nation.
Gourley picked up the win for the Gators (48-5), tossing 4.2 scoreless innings while allowing three hits with six strikeouts and two walks. Mean Green sophomore Lauren Craine (5-6) took the loss in four innings of work, allowing six runs on five hits with four walks.
“We have to come out and figure out the umpire’s zone quicker,” Kee said. “I thought Lo tried to move the ball around and was hesitant with her pitches early. They are a disciplined team and they aren’t going to chase out of the zone.”
After North Texas left a runner in scoring position in the top of the first, UF capitalized on three consecutive walks by Craine to take a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the inning. With the bases loaded, Aleshia Ocasio hit a two-run single into right field and Chelsea Herndon followed with a ground out to third, plating the Gators’ third run of the inning.
In the top of the third, senior Danielle Gregory laced a one-out double to right center and freshman Camille Grahmann worked a two-out walk, but Gourley was able to get freshman Lindsay Gregory to fly out to right, ending the threat.
North Texas got the leadoff hitter on base in the fourth as freshman Lacy Gregory reached on an infield single, but North Texas was unable to manufacture a run against Gourley and reliever Kelly Barnhill.
Craine held the Gators’ offense at bay until Amanda Lorenz’s solo home run to center to open the bottom of the fifth inning. The Gators added five more runs in the frame, capped off by Jordan Roberts’ two-run home run to right off North Texas reliever Stacey Underwood to secure the 9-0 victory.
North Texas 6, Florida A&M 2
North Texas received a complete-game performance from senior Jessica Elder and strung together timely hits to down FAMU, 6-2, ending its six-game skid.
Elder (8-10) went the distance, giving up two runs on four scattered hits with three strikeouts and two walks. She needed only 88 pitches in the outing.
“I think it was key that she threw a complete game,” Kee added. “We have been getting our pitchers up early lately, but anytime someone can go the distance, you’ll take it.”
The Lady Rattlers’ Kenya Pereira took the loss, throwing 3.1 innings, allowing one run on three hits with two strikeouts and one walk.
In the bottom of the first, North Texas (25-29) took the early lead over FAMU (18-28-1) as Grahmann walked, swiped second and third base and advanced home on a throwing error by the pitcher to give North Texas its first lead of the day.
Then, in the second, the Mean Green loaded the bases with one out, but FAMU’s reliever Tahlia Snider retired senior Kelli Schkade and Grahmann to keep it a one-run game.
FAMU knotted the game at one in the third inning on Jamesia Stoudemire’s two-out double to left, plating Miesha McBride, who reached via a single.
The tie didn’t last long as Lindsay and Lacy Gregory singled to open the bottom of the fifth inning. After a double steal moved them to second and third, sophomore Harley Perella scored Lindsay with a sac fly to center field and Lacy scored on Danielle Gregory’s sac fly, making it a 3-1 game in favor of the Mean Green.
The Lady Rattlers responded in the fourth inning, cutting the deficit to one after Toni Anderson hit a solo home run over the wall in center.
North Texas distanced itself in the bottom of the fifth, plating three runs on four hits to stretch the lead to four at 6-2. Grahmann led off the inning with a triple down the line in left and later scored on Lindsay’s single to center. After Lacy Gregory doubled to left center to advance Lindsay to third, Perella singled through the left side, scoring Lindsay. Dani Gregory grounded into a fielder’s choice, allowing Lacy to score.
FAMU got a leadoff triple in the seventh, but Elder retired the next three hitters to secure the 6-2 victory.
- Game one against Florida marked the first time in program history North Texas has played the No. 1 team in the nation twice in a season.
- Danielle Gregory’s double in the third inning against UF was her fifth of the season.
- Camille Grahmann worked two walks in game one against No. 1 UF.
- Lindsay Gregory’s start at catcher in game two was her first since April 2 against Charlotte.
- The two sacrifice flies in game two against FAMU marked a season high.
- Perella’s two RBI in game two was her seventh multi-RBI game of the season, while Danielle Gregory collected her first.
- With the win in game two, North Texas improves to 8-2 in neutral games this season.
- North Texas moves to 6-7 against NCAA tournament teams from 2016.
Up Next For The Mean Green
North Texas will complete its regular-season slate tomorrow at noon against No. 1 Florida.