Softball Plays Final Sun Belt Series

DENTON, Texas (4/27/12) - The Mean Green softball team's final conference standings is at stake this weekend when North Texas travels to Alabama to face Troy. North Texas and Troy play in a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m. and then finish up with a 11 a.m. game on Sunday.

North Texas (20-24-1, 10-10-1) is currently in fifth in the conference, while Troy sits at fourth. Both teams have 10 Sun Belt wins. NT is 10-13 in the series against the Trojans and won the last away series in 2010 with two wins. Each team won a game in 2011 with the third game getting rained out. 

Maddelyn Fraley posted just one home run this week but it was a big one. She tied the game against South Alabama with her team-leading 11th home run of the season. She moved into a tie for third place on NT's single-season list for home runs in a single season. She needs just one more home run to move into sole possession of third place. Susan Waters holds the top two spots with 18 and 17 home runs. Fraley now has 40 RBI, which is good for fourth place in the record books. She needs just two more to move into third place and five to move into second. Susan Waters holds the record with 53.

Megan Rupp led off all four games this past week and led the team with five hits for a .357 hitting percentage. Two of her hits were doubles and one knocked in a run against South Alabama. She improved her overall batting average to .248, 11 points higher than last week and 18 points higher than two weeks ago.

Lesley Hirsch drew two walks this past week, increasing her season total to 22. The 22 walks is a personal best and is good for second on the team. In her first two years at North Texas, Hirsch drew a combined 23 walks. The 22 walks also puts Hirsch tied for fourth on the single-season list. She needs two more to move into third place. Lisa Johnson holds the top two spots.

Brittany Simmons made three appearances in the three-game series against South Alabama but did not register a decision. In 11 innings of work. she gave up just one unearned run. In the four games last week, she posted an ERA of 1.50, giving up three earned runs against No. 6 OU. Overall, she lowered her ERA to a team-leading 2.64. The junior also recorded her second career save in the 2-1 win against South Alabama.

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