Softball Takes To The Road This Weekend

DENTON, Texas (4/1/11) -The North Texas softball team looks to pick up some road wins this weekend when it faces WKU in a three-game conference series. The Mean Green starts with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 2 at 1 and 3:00 p.m.

North Texas will look for better results when it takes to the road this weekend to play WKU in conference play. The Mean Green was swept by Middle Tennessee on its last conference road trip. WKU is 18-13 overall this season and 1-5 in conference play. The Hilltoppers were swept by South Alabama and picked up one win against Florida Atlantic. North Texas swept the conference series against WKU last year; picking up only its second conference series win against the Hilltoppers.

For the third time this season, North Texas defeated a ranked opponent. After dropping the first game of the doubleheader 4-1, North Texas used four home runs to defeat No. 11 Missouri, 9-2, in the nightcap. The Mean Green has also defeated No. 17 ULL and No. 18 Baylor. North Texas is now 3-9 against ranked opponents this season. The Mean Green snapped Missouri’s 24-game winning streak.

For the second time this season, North Texas hit four home runs in a single game. The Mean Green won both games. Mariza Martinez gave North Texas a 3-2 lead against Missouri in the first inning with her second home run of the day. Lisa Johnson, Mallory Cantler and Brooke Foster also homered in the win. Cantler hit her team-leading sixth home run, while Foster hit her first career homer. North Texas hit four home runs against UTSA on Feb. 25. 

Lisa Johnson hit her fifth home run of the season and set a school record for career walks in the 9-2 win against No. 11 Missouri. Johnson was one of four players to homer in the game and also drew her 13th walk of the season. The walk was also the 62nd of her career, setting a school record. She surpasses Susan Waters who set the record in 2007.

Mariza Martinez has posted four home runs this season after hitting two in the two games against Missouri. Martinez scored the Mean Green’s only run in the 4-1 loss to Missouri with her solo shot and then hit a two-run homer in the first inning of the second game. Martinez’s batting average jumped almost 20 points to .289.

With her four hits against Missouri, Mallory Cantler eclipsed the 200-hit mark in her career with 203. Only one other player besides Cantler has accomplished that feat. Katya Muller holds the career hit record with 222. Cantler is second at 203, Susan Waters is third with 196, and Mariza Martinez is fourth with 195 hits. With her home run against Missouri, Cantler tied Muller for third all-time in career home runs with 24. Lisa Johnson is fifth with 22, and Mariza Martinez is second at 32.

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