Softball Hosts South Alabama In Sun Belt Play

DENTON, Texas (4/20/12) -The North Texas softball team hosts South Alabama this weekend in a three-game conference series. The Mean Green starts action with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 21 at 4 p.m.

 USA is second in the conference with an overall record of 27-13 and a Sun Belt mark of 11-5. North Texas lost the 2011 series to the Jaguars and had the 2010 home series against USA canceled due to rain.

The Mean Green finished its homestand this past week with a split of Texas State. The Mean Green went 5-2-1 in its last homestand and is 11-3-1 overall this season at Lovelace Stadium. North Texas has six more games at home this season. The record for wins at home is 17, set last year. The record for fewest losses at home is seven, set in 2010.  

The Mean Green doubleheader against South Alabama on Saturday, April 21 has been pushed back to 4 p.m. North Texas' Spring Football game is being held at 2 p.m. and the softball doubleheader was pushed back to accomodate the event.

Maddelyn Fraley was named Sun Belt Conference player of the week for her performance last week. The recognition is the first for Fraley and the third for the North Texas softball team this season. The three weekly honors is the most recognition that North Texas has received from the Sun Belt during a single-season. Fraley led the Mean Green to two wins last week with a .647 hitting percentage and seven RBI. She went 11-for-17 with two doubles and a home run. She hit safely in all five games last week and has a current seven-game hitting streak.

North Texas held an early lead and tied the game against OU, but the potent Sooners offense rallied with six runs to take the win on Wednesday night. North Texas was led by three solo home runs. Lisa Johnson, Ashley McCarroll and Jordan Terry all hit home runs. It was Johnson's fourth of the season, McCarroll's eighth and Terry's first. McCarroll went 2-for-3 in the game with an RBI double and a solo home run.

The Mean Green won its ninth conference game on Sunday improving to 9-8-1 in the Sun Belt. The nine wins is two more victories than the 2011 team finished with and is good enough for fourth place in the standings. With six more conference games on the schedule, North Texas has a good shot of besting its conference win total. The 2010 team won 12 Sun Belt games.

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