Mean Green softball continues late season skid with loss to Baylor

Mean Green softball continues late season skid with loss to Baylor

April 30
11:09 2014

Akshay Mirchandani // Staff Writer

The Mean Green softball team extended its losing streak to five games after falling to No. 17 Baylor University 7-1 Tuesday night on the road.

“I think for us right now, when your team is on a five-game skid, the hardest thing to do is pull positives out of losses,” head coach Tracey Kee said via Mean Green Sports. “As the game progressed, our bats and our pitching got better. I think if we can build on that, it is something that will benefit us.”

Baylor (37-12, 9-4) jumped on the Mean Green early, scoring four runs in the first inning. The Bears tacked on three more runs in the third inning to take an early 7-0 lead.

“I think it is crucial in the first inning with the first batter to try and get them out, or the first couple batters just to kind of shut down the momentum,” senior infielder Brooke Foster said.

UNT (28-20, 12-9) finally got on the board in the top of the seventh inning with a solo home run by freshman catcher Shelbie Smith to make it a 7-1 game, but that would be the only run the Mean Green offense only produced in four total hits.

“We had a lot of hard hit balls that were caught or they made a play on somehow,” junior outfielder Kat Strunk said. “We had a couple of doubles, a home run, I mean our offense was pretty good tonight compared to what it’s been in.”

Prior to its five-game losing streak, the Mean Green were on a four-game winning streak, which included a sweep of Marshall University on the road. UNT has only scored a total of four runs and given up 34 runs since. But Strunk said she liked what the offense did today and the team mentality is changing.

“Tonight we changed our mindset in the box,” Strunk said. “Going up there with a clear head, not thinking about the times we’ve done bad, but the times that we’ve done good as hitters and that’s what we focused on tonight.”

The Mean Green will return home to play its last series of the regular season against University of Tulsa Saturday at 1 p.m. Tulsa is currently first in the Conference USA standings.

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