North Texas Hosts SFA For Mid-Week Contest
Mean Green Hold 11-1 Record Against Texas Schools
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DENTON – The North Texas softball team returns to Lovelace Stadium to host Stephen F. Austin on Wednesday at 6 p.m. after a 1-3 road trip last week.
The Mean Green (18-16, 6-6 Conference USA) and Ladyjacks (12-22, 4-5 Southland) meet for the 19th time with North Texas holding a 13-5 advantage and a six-game winning streak.
Senior Kelli Schkade is closing in on another North Texas record, needing only two steals to set the single-season program mark. She has 16 on the season.
This year, the Mean Green have dominated the state of Texas, owning an 11-1 record with the lone blemish being a 6-5 loss to Texas Tech on March 4. Since the loss, the Mean Green are 8-0, including a perfect 6-0 at home.
North Texas is hitting at a .294 clip in contests versus Texas schools, which is 30 points higher than its season average. Three players own at least .400 averages across the 12 games, led by freshman Lacy Gregory’s .450 mark, sophomore Harley Perella (.432) and Schkade (.400).
All three of the Mean Green’s pitchers own a winning record against in-state teams, led by senior Stacey Underwood (6-0) leading the way followed by sophomore Lauren Craine (3-1) and senior Jessica Elder (2-0). The staff has limited the opposition to a .276 average, 11 points lower than its season average.
SFA is coming off a 2-1 Southland Conference (SLC) series victory against Sam Houston State, but the Ladyjacks are 2-4 against C-USA schools in 2017.
SFA’s Brittany Lewis has started all 34 games and paces the team in average (.343), hits (35), doubles (eight) and walks (16). Callee Guffey is the ace of the rotation, owning a 6-7 record in 21 appearances, but has posted an earned-run average of 1.39, the best mark in the SLC.
Last season, North Texas edged SFA, 3-2, in Nacogdoches, Texas, after a Ladyjack fielding error in the sixth inning allowed the eventual winning run to score.
North Texas is 2-2 in mid-week contests this season.
Wednesday is $1 hot dog day at Lovelace Stadium.