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Late run helps softball find win column at Stephen F. Austin

Late run helps softball find win column at Stephen F. Austin

North Texas freshman utility player Harley Parella (3) slides into second base on a stolen base against Nicholls State during the Mean Green Spring Fling Tournament. Dylan Nadwodny | Staff Photographer

Late run helps softball find win column at Stephen F. Austin
March 22
16:55 2016

Reece Waddell | Senior Staff Writer

@ReeceWaddell15

It was not the prettiest of victories, but North Texas softball will take it.

With the game knotted up heading into the seventh inning, the Mean Green (16-11, 1-5) got a runner to third, and senior catcher Bryana Wade drove in the winning run on a botched throw by the Stephen F. Austin State University shortstop.

“I hit it pretty bad,” Wade said. “I guess she threw it behind me. So that happened.”

North Texas 3, Stephen F. Austin 2

Junior pitcher Stacey Underwood was scheduled to start for the Mean Green, but head coach Tracey Kee said she learned Underwood was not feeling well upon the team’s arrival in Nacogdoches.

Already with limited arms available, Kee turned to junior pitcher Jessica Elder to take the mound for North Texas. She threw a complete game and gave up two runs on four hits. Elder’s only two runs came on an RBI double in the fourth inning, which tied the game.

“It was a really good feeling to go out there and get a win,” Elder said. “The game plan was to keep the ball low and off the corners while mixing in some off-speed stuff as well.”

North Texas got the scoring started in the fourth inning when freshman infielder Mackenzi Dawson singled up the middle. A few batters later, freshman utility player Kay Kay Hayter extended the Mean Green lead on an RBI single to center field.

The Lumberjacks (12-16) were quick to answer, though, matching North Texas’ two runs in the bottom half of the fourth before going quietly the rest of the way – much to the credit of Elder and the gloves behind her.

Able to keep SFA off the board, the Mean Green gave itself a chance to win the game in the final frame and took advantage.

“I truly believe our defense won that game today based on the plays we had to make,” Kee said. “[Elder] did a nice job coming in when she wasn’t expecting to. She did a good job of keeping hitters off balance, and it worked in our benefit today. It came down to which team was going to execute defensively, and we caught a break with an errant throw.”

Next up: North Texas travels to Western Kentucky University for a three-game series with the Hilltoppers. First pitch on Friday will be at 3 p.m.

Featured Image: Freshman utility player Harley Parella (3) slides into second base on a stolen base against Nicholls State during the Mean Green Spring Fling Tournament. Dylan Nadwodny | Staff Photographer

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