Softball Faces No. 10 OU Today

DENTON, Texas (3/2/11) - The North Texas softball team's home stand continues with a mid-week game against No. 10 Oklahoma on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Lovelace Stadium.

The Mean Green is 6-5 this season and 4-1 at home. The Sooners are ranked No. 10 in the NFCA/USA Today Top 25 Poll and are 12-5 this season. NT is 0-3 this season against ranked opponents. The game will be webstreamed for free here.

Two North Texas coaches have OU ties. Assistant coach Erin Evans and volunteer coach Jessica Legendre both played softball at Oklahoma.

North Texas Continues Home Stand
The Mean Green's 18-game homestand continues with a mid-week game against No. 10 Oklahoma and four games over the weekend when it hosts the Courtyard Classic. North Texas is winless against Oklahoma in 17 attempts. The Mean Green hosts a six-team tournament on March 4-6 at Lovelace Stadium and Krum High School. UTEP, Ole Miss, Wichita State, Louisiana Tech and UTA will all compete in the tournament. North Texas is a combined 6-15 against UTEP, Wichita State and Louisiana Tech. North Texas is facing Ole Miss for the first time.

Month Of February
North Texas posted its second-best win-loss record in the month of February. The 2009 team went 10-6 with 11 home runs and 61 RBI. The 2011 team has posted a 6-5 record with eight home runs and 57 RBI. The 2010 team hit .300 in the month of February with 18 home runs but only won five games. The 2009 team also held the lowest ERA in the month of February (2.19).

School Records In Win
The Mean Green set or tied a number of school records in its single win this week. NT scored the second-most runs in school history with 14 and tied for the second-most hits with 17 against UTSA. North Texas set a single-game team record with 14 RBI and tied for second with four home runs.  

Fraley Goes Long Twice
Maddelyn Fraley tied a school record with five runs batted in and became the eighth Mean Green player to hit two home runs in a single game against UTSA. The junior hit her first home run of the season in the fifth inning; a three-run shot that cut the UTSA lead to one, 8-7. After UTSA regained the lead in the top of the sixth with two runs, Fraley hit her second home run of the season in the bottom of the inning. Her two-run homer proved to be the game-winner. Mallory Cantler was the last Mean Green player to hit two home runs in a single game. She hit two against FIU last year.

Johnson Homers Against UTSA
Lisa Johnson led off the scoring in the first inning against UTSA with her third home run of the season. The two-run shot gave North Texas its first lead of the game, 2-0. Johnson and Grimes lead the team with three homers each. The home run was Johnson's 20th of her career. She is fourth on NT's career home run list and is only the fourth Mean Green player to post 20 home runs in a career.

Foster Posts Four Hits In Win
Freshman Brooke Foster went 4-for-4 with two RBI in the win against UTSA. She became the sixth player in school history to post four hits in a single game. She knocked in the team's third run with an RBI triple in the second inning. It was her second triple of the season. The third baseman also posted an RBI double in the fourth, and singled twice in the sixth. Lisa Johnson was the last Mean Green player to post four hits in a single game. She posted four hits last year against Middle Tennessee.

Hot Streak Continues
Megan Rupp's hot play continued this week against UTSA when she extended her hitting streak to five games with a single. She is third on the team with a .324 batting average and leads the team with 12 hits.  

Perfect At The Plate
Four players went perfect at the plate against UTSA. In addition to Brooke Foster's 4-for-4 performance, Monica Hirsch went 3-for-3, Caitlin Grimes went 2-for-2 and Renae Bromley went 1-for-1. Monica Hirsch is second on the team with a .375 hitting percentage, while Grimes is tied for the team lead with three homers and nine RBI.



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