North Texas Softball Heads To Kansas Round Robin
Mean Green To Play Two Games Each Against Kansas And Georgia Tech
DENTON — Riding the momentum of a 1-0 walk-off win over UT Arlington in eight innings on Wednesday night, the North Texas softball team heads to Lawrence, Kansas, for the first four games of an eight-game road swing. The Mean Green (18-16) will play two games each against Kansas and Georgia Tech at the Kansas Round Robin, beginning with Kansas on Friday at 5 p.m.
North Texas continues play in Lawrence with two games on Saturday, against Georgia Tech at 11 a.m. and Kansas at 1:30 p.m., before concluding the weekend on Sunday against Georgia Tech 9 a.m. The Mean Green finish the eight-game road swing with a midweek game at No. 12 Oklahoma on Wednesday and a three-game Conference USA series at Southern Miss (April 16-17).
“We have talked about using this segment of nonconference games to get ourselves back on track,” head coach Tracey Kee said. “Stepping out of conference, we want fix some things offensively and fix some things in the circle.”
Kansas (20-13) and Georgia Tech (15-21) are the fourth and fifth power-five conference opponents that North Texas will have faced this season. North Texas is 2-3 against power-five teams this season, going 2-1 against No. 18 Baylor and dropping a game each to No. 17 Arizona and Purdue. North Texas will also face No. 12 Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Texas later in the season.
The Jayhawks, ranked No. 53 in this week’s RPI rankings, went 1-2 at No. 12 Oklahoma to begin Big 12 play this past weekend and enter the week with a 7-3 home record. They have hit 36 home runs as a team and boast four players hitting over .340, led by senior Chaley Brickey (.362), and sophomore Andie Formby leads the way in the circle with an 11-5 record and 2.21 earned run average in 104.2 innings pitched.
The Yellow Jackets are coming off a walk-off win of their own, a 4-3 win over Georgia State on Wednesday night. They are hitting .220 as a team, led by freshman Katie Krzus (.328) and senior Courtney Ziese (.282), and in the circle, sophomore Emily Anderson holds a 10-13 record with a 3.02 earned run average in 160.0 innings pitched.
“Kansas is having a great year,” Kee said. “I’m familiar with Georgia Tech from being on the East Coast (at East Carolina). It should be a great weekend of softball, and we’re going to have to play well to come out of this weekend with some wins. This team understands that. We have talked about having our backs up against the wall and starting to put some wins in the win column, so hopefully we will continue to do that.”