Tuesday's Game Against No. 10 OU Moved To Norman
Mean Green Travel To No. 10 Oklahoma, Abilene Christian
DENTON – The North Texas softball team has five games scheduled this week, starting with non-conference road games against No. 10 Oklahoma on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and Abilene Christian on Wednesday at 5 p.m..
The game against OU was originally scheduled to be played in Denton, but poor field conditions forced the game to be moved to Norman.
The Mean Green (22-20) is coming off a rough week of action after a 1-3 showing. Despite the series loss at UAB, North Texas matched its win total from last season and remains the No. 2 seed in Conference USA’s West bracket.
In the series against UAB, senior Kelli Schkade swiped her 17th bag of the season, tying the single-season program record. Schkade is the program’s all-time career leader with 45 stolen bases.
A bright spot of late for North Texas has been senior left-handed pitcher Jessica Elder. Elder tossed 13 innings of one-run softball in the series against UAB, including a two-hit shutout in the series finale. She is now 6-7 on the season and could be the difference down the stretch for the North Texas staff.
No. 10 OU, the defending Women’s College World Series champion, has won 15-consecutive games, four of which have come via the run rule.
The Sooners are hitting .321, the 16th best mark in the nation. Nicole Mendes leads the team with a .411 mark, with six other players hitting over .300.
In the circle, the OU staff has combined for a 1.73 earned-run average, good for 17th in the nation. Paige Parker, Paige Lowary and Mariah Lopez have each won at least 10 games in the circle.
Upon conclusion of Tuesday’s contest, the Mean Green will head to Abilene Christian for another mid-week tune-up before hosting Florida Atlantic for a C-USA series this weekend.
ACU (26-16) is the No. 2 seed in the Southland Conference, and is riding a four-game winning streak of its own.
The Wildcats have three players hitting over .300, led by Peyton Hendrick’s mark of .370. Sydney Holman is the anchor of the staff, owning a 17-4 mark with a 1.85 ERA across 155 innings.
North Texas is 12-1 against Texas teams and 3-0 against Southland schools this season.