Pitcher's Duel Goes In Favor Of Middle Tennessee
North Texas Eliminated From Conference Tournament
CHARLOTTE – An emotional season came to an end as the North Texas softball team was eliminated from the 2018 Conference USA tournament in a 1-0 loss to Middle Tennessee on Wednesday afternoon. The teams combined for just six hits in an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel.
"As you get deeper in the season, the games get tighter," Mean Green head coach Tracey Kee said. "I thought our kids handled the pressure well.
Cori Jennings (19-9) kept the Mean Green off the board over seven innings, allowing just two hits and striking out four. Hope Trautwein (15-12) suffered the loss and struck out seven Blue Raiders in six innings of work.
"That kid has amazed me in ways I never thought she would," Kee said. "It's a sign of what's to come. That kid's future is so bright. When you look back on the statement and impression she left on this conference, I don't think people will look past North Texas as long as she's in the circle."
After giving up back-to-back singles to begin her outing, Trautwein retired the next eight batters and didn’t allow another hit until the Blue Raiders’ two leadoff batters hit back-to-back singles to begin the sixth. After MTSU bunted the runners into scoring position, Morgan Harris hit a sac fly to score the first and only run of the game.
"It came down to the fact that they got a timely hit and we didn't," Kee said. "That's softball."
• Lindsay Gregory’s first inning sac bunt broke the program’s single-season record (18) and career record (29).
• Trautwein passed Ashley Kirk for the third-most strikeouts in a season in program history (168).
• North Texas is 1-4 at the C-USA tournament since joining the league in 2014.