North Texas Renews Metroplex Rivalry With UT Arlington
$1 Hot Dog Night At Lovelace Stadium On Wednesday
DENTON -- At the halfway point of Conference USA play, the North Texas softball team steps outside the league for a six-game nonconference stretch, beginning with a midweek matchup against Metroplex rival UT Arlington on Wednesday night at Lovelace Stadium.
North Texas (18-16) holds a 12-6 advantage in the all-time series, but UT Arlington (25-7) won last year's meeting in Arlington by a score of 5-1. The Mavericks ran their record to 19-0, the best start in school history, and they also handed Louisiana-Lafayette (29-3) one of its three losses this season.
UT Arlington ranks second in the Sun Belt and ranks among the nation's leaders in batting average (.321) and on-base percentage (.419), led by sophomore second baseman Sandra Mendoza, who ranks third in the league and eight nationally in batting average (.486) and second in the league and 21st nationally in on-base percentage (.552).
"Their record is certainly impressive," associate head coach Natalie Kozlowski said. "We're stressing to our kids that we got to have that natural rivalry with them. They beat us last year, they have a great record, and a win over them would also be a quality win for our RPI."
North Texas enters this six-game nonconference stretch looking to snap a four-game losing streak and regain some momentum heading into the back half of Conference USA play, which starts with a three-game series at Southern Miss (April 16-17). The Mean Green currently sit in 10th place in the Conference USA standings with a league record of 3-9. The top eight teams in the league standings advance to the Conference USA Tournament.
"We hit our break in conference play at probably the perfect time because we hit rock bottom this past weekend," Kozlowski said. "Now, we can step outside of conference play and see if we can fix ourselves against some good competition, beginning with UTA on Wednesday. All along, we have been playing good defense and we have been hitting the ball wall, but we want to put it all back together again."
First pitch is set for 6 p.m., and it is also $1 hot dog night at Lovelace Stadium. Live stats are available on MeanGreenStats.com and a free live video stream is available on MeanGreenSports.com.