North Texas Hosts UTSA This Weekend
Mean Green Hold 3-3 Mark In Conference
DENTON - The North Texas softball team looks to get back into the win column when it hosts, the Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners in a three-game Conference USA series beginning Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Mean Green (14-13, 3-3 C-USA) are tied for second spot the West division with UAB, while UTSA (12-17, 2-4 C-USA) is tied for fourth in the West standings.
In the first Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) poll of 2017, the Mean Green are at No. 57, a 99-spot jump from where the 2016 squad ended the season.
The Mean Green hold a .267 batting average, led by senior Kelli Schkade (.398) and freshman Lacy Gregory (.353). Schkade has reached safely in 17-straight games, while Gregory has reached in her last 12.
Senior pitcher Stacey Underwood has turned the corner in her senior campaign, leading the pitching staff in nearly every category. Through 27 games last season, Underwood was 6-5 with a 3.62 earned-run average and four complete games, while opponents hit .283 against her. Across 27 games this season, Underwood is 8-5 with a 2.44 ERA and eight complete games, three of those being, while limiting the opposition to a .238 clip.
A positive from last week was senior lefty Jessica Elder's performance against Florida International. She had one of her best outings of the season, limiting the Panthers to one run on five hits in six innings.
UTSA is coming off a 6-5 victory over Lamar on Tuesday, improving to 3-1 in its last four games.
Offensively, the Roadrunners are led by a trio of freshmen in Lindsey Stewart (.404), Celeste Loughman (.381) and Rylee Rodriguez (.362). UTSA is hitting .304, the fourth-best mark among C-USA teams.
Lizzy Fox and Nicole Merrill do the bulk of the work in the circle for the Roadrunners, combining for a 12-17 record and a 4.125 ERA across 162.1 innings.
UTSA is currently on a three-game win streak against North Texas.