North Texas Bows Out in Opening Round of C-USA Tournament

May 7, 2015

BOX SCORE: FAU 5, North Texas 0

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MIAMI -- Despite optimism from North Texas players and staff entering its first round matchup with No. 2 seed Florida Atlantic, the Mean Green failed to pull off the upset. In a rematch of last year's Conference USA opening round, North Texas fell this time, 5-0, officially eliminating them from the tournament and bringing the 2015 season to a close.

After scoring 35 total runs in three games just days ago against UTEP, the Mean Green lineup went ice cold on a warm Thursday afternoon at FIU's Felsberg Field. So cold in fact, that FAU's stellar pitching staff was able to hold North Texas to just one hit and no runs in the seven-inning defeat.

Lightning and rain delays plagued the game in the early-going, with two separate occurrences accounting for nearly two and a half hours of suspension before the fourth inning was even completed. The delays did not seem to disrupt the flow of the game action however, as the Owls continued to chip away at the Mean Green pitching while FAU's Kylee Hanson continued to sit down the North Texas order.

Freshman starting pitcher Monique Garcia struggled early in her first career postseason appearance, allowing a two-out solo home run in the bottom of the first to open up the scoring. She finished with four earned runs allowed in 2.2 innings pitched, more than enough run support for the opposing team when the offense was stalling.

The dominant Hanson was just two outs away from tossing a perfect game against the Mean Green before junior Taylor Schoblocher roped a double down the left field line in the top of the seventh, providing the only North Texas hit of the night. Had the perfect game bid been successful, it would have been the second of the Conference USA Tournament's opening round. No. 1-seed WKU's Miranda Kramer threw one just hours earlier in a 1-0 defeat of No. 8-seed Charlotte.

Next Up:

North Texas will return home to Denton to rebuild and repair, before gearing up for the season ahead. The Mean Green will be entering its third season as a Conference USA member as well as under the direction of head coach Tracey Kee, who's quest for a conference championship and NCAA regional appearance with NT continues.

Quick Hits:
  • Sophomore pitcher Kenzie Grimes looked impressive in relief against the Owls, and a promising future within the circle may lie ahead. Grimes held FAU scoreless in two of her 3.1 innings pitched, only allowing three hits and a lone earned run. Most impressively, she came back from the second weather delay to throw three pitches and get a key inning-ending out to strand the bases loaded for FAU. 
  • North Texas, after its second year of competition within Conference USA, is now 1-2 in tournament play. Last year, the Mean Green knocked off FAU in the opening round, 5-4 in 10 innings. 
  • The Mean Green is now 14-13 all-time with Florida Atlantic. The loss on Thursday breaks a four-game winning streak against the Owls. 
  • With the season's completion, offensive weapon Taylor Schoblocher will now find her name etched in the North Texas program record book. The junior broke single-season marks for slugging percentage with .837 (shattering the previous best of .720), on base percentage with .480 and intentional walks with three. She also will find herself among the top five of many categories and second in several, including: total bases (118), home runs (17, one away from No. 1) and batting average (.390).

 

 

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