Softball Hosts Owls This Weekend

DENTON, Texas (4/6/12) - The Mean Green softball team continues its homestand this weekend when it hosts Florida Atlantic on Friday and Saturday. North Texas plays a doubleheader at 4 p.m. on Friday and then finishes play with a single game at noon on Sunday.

The Owls (11-25, 1-6) swept North Texas last year in Florida and hold a 10-7 series advantage against the Mean Green. North Texas (15-17-1, 6-5-1) is in the middle of an eight-game homestand. The Mean Green is 8-1-1 at home this year.

For the second time this season, Caitlin Grimes posted two home runs in a single game. She posted two home runs against Loyola Chicago on March 2 and hit two key long balls against WKU on March 31. The two home runs in a single game is the fifth time that a Mean Green player has accomplished the feat this season. Grimes and Ashley McCarroll have hit two homers in a single game twice. Brooke Foster was the 12th player in school history to post two homers in a game. Six players have accomplished the feat more than once.

For the first time in Mean Green history, North Texas recorded a tie. Normally, a tie ball-game would result in extra-innings, but the third game against WKU was called due to a drop-dead time. The drop-dead time almost worked against the Mean Green; the team barely completed the seventh inning by the alloted time. Down 6-4 headed into the bottom of the seventh inning, Ashley McCarroll saved the day with a two-run homer to tie the game. McCarroll had two home runs in the series and is third on the team with seven home runs.

Lisa Johnson and the entire North Texas softball team are near single-season records. Johnon needs three more walks to break her own record for walks in a season. Her current record is 29 set in 2010. The team record for most walks in season is 145 set in 2010. The 2012 team needs just six more walks to break the record. Johnson is ranked 21st nationally in walks per game (0.82).

For the second straight week, Maddelyn Fraley is one of the team leaders in runs batted in. She is tied for the team lead with three RBI in three games against WKU. She leads the team with 27, which is just seven out of the top five on the single-season record list. She is second on the team with eight home runs, which is tied for third in the Sun Belt.

For a third straight week, North Texas is ranked nationally in home runs per game. Out of 300 schools, North Texas is ranked 22nd, posting 1.03 home runs per game. Individually, Caitlin Grimes is ranked 46th with 0.27 home runs per game, and Maddelyn Fraley is ranked 76th with 0.24 home runs per game. North Texas has posted 34 home runs this season.

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