North Texas Softball Opens Conference USA Play At UTSA
Mean Green Begins Four-Game Road Trip In San Antonio
UTSA Game Notes
DENTON — The North Texas softball team opens Conference USA play this weekend, traveling to San Antonio to take on the UTSA Roadrunners in a three-game series that starts with a doubleheader Saturday. The series kicks off a stretch of four games in four days for the Mean Green (13-6) in San Antonio that also includes a midweek matchup at Incarnate Word on Tuesday.
North Texas enters conference play with the second-best record through 19 games in school history, coming off a 5-0 weekend at the Mean Green Spring Fling, where they defeated UT Martin twice, Nicholls State twice and Houston Baptist. The first 19 games of the season also included a pair of wins over nationally-ranked Baylor, the tournament title at the Getterman Classic and receiving votes in a national poll for the first time in school history.
Junior shortstop Kelli Schkade also looks to extend her school-record hit streak game, having hit safely in each of the first 19 games this season. She leads the team in batting average (.431), home runs (8) and RBI (23), as well as slugging percentage (.881) and total bases (59). Her eight home runs also leads the league and ranks eighth nationally.
“The entire preseason is preparing for this moment,” head coach Tracey Kee said. “Our kids have played some tough competition and I think that’s going to benefit us going into conference play.”
North Texas opens conference play on the road for the third straight season. In 2014, they swept a three-game series at Middle Tennessee, and in 2015, they were swept in a three-game series at UAB. The Mean Green have faced UTSA at home each of the last two seasons, winning two of three from the Roadrunners in both series. UTSA enters this weekend’s series with a 6-16 record, having most recently lost at No. 25 Texas 3-2 in eight innings.
“They’re a quality team,” said Kee of UTSA. “They have consistent pitching and they have the ability to hit with power. It will be a nice matchup in regard to which team wants it more. We started the season in two tough tournaments on the road, and I thought our young team responded well. Going on the road with this group is not something that I’m concerned about. They know how to win in tough environments. They’re prepared for that.”
Game one of the weekend series is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, followed by game two at 3 p.m. Saturday. The series finale has a first pitch set for 1 p.m. Sunday. Live stats are available for all three games at goutsa.com.