North Texas Softball Concludes Road Swing At Incarnate Word
Mean Green Returns Home For C-USA Home Opener Against Marshall Saturday
SAN ANTONIO — The North Texas softball team concludes a four-game road swing with a nonconference midweek matchup at Incarnate Word on Tuesday with a first pitch set for 3 p.m. The Mean Green (13-9, 0-3 Conference USA) look to snap a three-game losing streak, having dropped all three games at UTSA this past weekend to begin Conference USA play.
North Texas hit at a .318 clip for the weekend, but they pushed across just nine runs in three games, due in large part to the absence of clutch hitting. For the weekend, North Texas hit .174 with runners on base, .227 with runners in scoring position and .185 with two outs and left 23 runners on base, compared to UTSA, which hit .282 with runners on base, .333 with runners in scoring position and .400 with two outs and left 14 runners on base.
“Hopefully, we learned that we have to bring our ‘A’ game,” head coach Tracey Kee said. “We have to come out of the gates quickly when the opportunities are there for us, we have to capitalize when we get runners on base, and we have to pitch well enough to hold us in this game. We get one practice Monday, and then we play, so we’ll see how we respond Tuesday.”
The matchup with Incarnate Word (8-13, 2-1 Southland) represents the first midweek game of the season for North Texas, as a previously scheduled matchup with McNeese State was canceled due to a scheduling conflict and a previously scheduled matchup with No. 25 Texas was postponed due to inclement weather.
The Cardinals are coming off a series win over Northwestern State, the defending Southland Conference champions, snapping a streak of 13 straight league series wins for the Demons dating back to April of 2014.
The Mean Green look to return to their winning ways that has included two five-game winning streaks and receiving votes in a national poll for the first time in school history, before returning to Conference USA play this weekend at home against Marshall.