North Texas Travels To Charlotte For C-USA Road Series
Mean Green Hold 6-3 Mark In C-USA Play
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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - The North Texas softball team heads to the East Coast for a three-game Conference USA series with Charlotte beginning on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Phillips Softball Complex.
Entering the weekend, North Texas is the No. 2 seed in C-USA's West bracket, while Charlotte is fourth in the East.
The Mean Green (18-13, 6-3 C-USA) matched their longest winning streak of the season (four games) after defeating UT Arlington 3-2 on Wednesday night. Senior Stacey Underwood picked up her 10th win of the season, which is a single-season career best, and sophomore Hannah Gerecke hit what proved to be a game-winning two-run home run in the sixth inning to secure the victory.
With the victory, the Mean Green are now 7-3 in one-run games, with three of their last four wins coming via one run.
Freshman Lacy Gregory has been scorching hot at the plate over her last 11 games. The Kingwood, Texas, native is 15-for-34 (.441) with three doubles, one triple and one home run, while knocking in eight runs and scoring six of her own. On the season, she is hitting .371, second best on the team.
In that same stretch, North Texas hitters have drawn 49 walks, with 47 of those coming in C-USA games. North Texas' staff has issued a mere 17 walks, 12 against C-USA opponents, over the last 11 contests.
Charlotte has been tough to play at home this season, securing 12 wins opposed to three losses.
But, the 49ers (19-17, 2-7 C-USA) are currently in a rough stretch, having dropped four straight games, including a doubleheader to Western Carolina on Wednesday.
Offensively Haley Pace is the table-setter for Charlotte, having tallied 48 hits, while boasting a .440 batting average. She ranks fourth in C-USA with 34 runs scored.
Pitcher Haley Wiseman is among the C-USA leaders in several categories, and paces the conference in innings pitched (145.1). She is second in strikeouts with 154.
This will be the first ever meeting between schools.