North Texas Heads To Austin For Final Mid-Week Game
Mean Green Hold 24-23 Record
DENTON -- The North Texas softball team travels to Austin on Wednesday to challenge the Texas Longhorns in its final mid-week contest of the season. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.
The Mean Green are coming off a 2-1 series victory over Florida Atlantic and continue to hold onto the No. 2 seed in Conference USA's West bracket over UAB.
Senior Jessica Elder was lights out in her two appearances against FAU, tossing 12.1 innings of one-run softball. She threw a six-hit complete game in Sunday's 2-0 victory, tallying three strikeouts opposed to one walk. It marked her second complete-game shutout in as many weeks. Across her last four conference outings, Elder has held opponents to two runs in 20 innings of work. Overall, Elder holds a 1.74 earned-run average across 48.1 innings of work in conference.
Freshman Lacy Gregory continues to string together a solid freshman campaign. She is hitting .319 with six home runs and a team-high 33 RBI. In the series against FAU, Gregory hit a walk-off single and a game-winning two-run home run. She collected two multi-RBI games, bringing her team-best total to 10.
Gregory also leads the Mean Green offense in mid-week games with a .364 average and is tied for the team-lead with eight hits.
UT checks in with a 25-20 mark after dropping a series to Iowa State last weekend.
The Longhorns are paced offensively by Taylor Ellsworth's .438 average, but have three other players over the .300 plateau. In the circle, all but one member of the Longhorn staff owns an ERA below 3.00, while it has combined to limit opponents to a .226 average.
North Texas is 12-2 against in-state foes, but UT has yet to drop a game to a C-USA school this season, owning a 4-0 record with two victories over both UTSA and Louisiana Tech.
The Mean Green are 2-4 against Big 12 schools this season.
Fans can watch the game on The Longhorn Network.