North Texas Softball Concludes Fall Practice
Mean Green Posts 5-1 Record In Fall Games
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DENTON -- The North Texas softball team wrapped up fall practice and its state of fall games this past week. The fall consisted of four full weeks of practice and six fall games, during which the Mean Green posted a 5-1 record. Moving forward, the team moves back into weights, conditioning and small-group skills work through the end of the fall semester.
"When you look back on our fall with a bunch of new people and only five returners, we had a lot of ground to cover right out of the gate with our schemes and systems, and I thought these kids did a wonderful job of working hard and being incredibly coachable," head coach Tracey Kee said.
"And then we put that into six games and we saw how we match up. I saw a lot of positives. When you're playing in the fall, you're trying to figure out what you need to zone in and work on before the spring. We saw a lot of things that we can polish, some technical fundamentals, that we can improve, and that's what we're going to do for the next couple of weeks. We're going to continue to work on our weaknesses, build on our strengths and pull it all together before we head home for winter break."
With five returners and 11 newcomers on this year's team, North Texas picked up wins over Weatherford College (9-4 in 10 innings), North Central Texas College (6-3 and 15-1 in five innings) and Trinity Valley Community College (5-4 and 9-2) and fell to NCAA Super Regional participant Oklahoma by a score of 4-0 in a full nine innings.
"I was happy in all aspects," Kee said. "When we compare the numbers to last year's fall, everything was better, from pitching ERA's, to batting averages, to stolen bases, and that's what you want to see when you gauge where you are at one point versus another. Everybody on this team knows that everybody has to improve in one facet or another, and if we're all doing one thing better, then we're going to move forward as a group."
In addition to on-field performance, Kee also pointed to the chemistry and culture developed this fall, from weights, conditioning and small-group skills work, to the fall practices and games, as reasons for optimism heading into the 2016 season.
"I love this team," Kee said. "When a coach truly enjoys going out to practice every day, you know you have the right group of kids. I'm speaking for our entire staff when I say that it's been energetic. These new kids, and this team, have really embraced the new culture and environment, the hard-working and blue-collar place that we want to build here. We know that we're going to have to work hard and outwork people to put wins in the win column."
North Texas opens the 2016 season on Friday, Feb. 12, when the Mean Green play Arizona in the first of five games in three days at the Arizona Tournament in Tucson, Arizona.