Softball Continues C-USA Action Against UT San Antonio
North Texas Coming Off Seven Games In Five Days
SAN ANTONIO - After snapping a five game losing streak against Iowa State on Wednesday, the North Texas softball team will take on UT San Antonio in a three-game series this weekend. The Mean Green and Roadrunners play a double-header Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m., followed by a 1:00 first pitch on Sunday.
North Texas leads UTSA 11-10 all-time and swept the Roadrunners in Denton last season, but the Mean Green have lost six straight in San Antonio. UNT's road struggles haven't been isolated to the Alamo City as the team has dropped 11 away games in a row dating back to the end of the 2017 season.
The Mean Green went 1-3 in a pair of double-headers, falling to Pacific and UConn Tuesday before splitting a twin bill with Iowa State Wednesday. Sam Rea’s second home run in as many days gave UNT a 3-1 lead, but the Cyclones scored seven unanswered to take game one. A six-run, three-home run fourth inning powered the Mean Green to a 9-6 win in game two.
The trio of long balls marked the ninth game of the season with multiple home runs and North Texas is 6-3 in those games. The Mean Green's 28 home runs through 23 games give the team a rate of 1.22 home runs per game, which ranks 11th in Division I. Hanna Rebar, the squad's leader in home runs (8), is tied for 24th in the nation with 0.35 home runs per game.
In the team's four losses leading up to the double-header versus Iowa State, North Texas' leadoff batters reached base at only a .214 clip. Against the Cyclones, the Mean Green improved that number to .538 to raise their season mark to .414. UNT has five players who reach in leadoff at-bats at a rate of 50 percent or higher, led by Nicole Ochotnicki (.556).