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Softball drops rubber match of weekend series versus Marshall

Softball drops rubber match of weekend series versus Marshall

The North Texas softball team stands at the edge of the infield for the playing of the alma mater after a win against the University of Tennesee-Martin during the Mean Green Spring Fling Tournament. Dylan Nadwodny | Staff Photographer

Softball drops rubber match of weekend series versus Marshall
March 20
15:36 2016

Clay Massey | Staff Writer

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Mean Green softball finished out a three game homestand with conference foe Marshall University, but the Herd (16-10, 5-1) took the series two games to one.

Sunday’s loss dropped North Texas (15-11, 1-5) to 8-4 at home on the year.

“We just did not do a good job of containing their slappers,” head coach Tracey Kee said. “They tore us up for three games, really sat the table for them. I thought our hitters today made some great adjustments. Any time you put up 12 hits and five runs, you think you’d win a game.”

Marshall 9, North Texas 5

The two teams traded blows until The Herd put up back-to-back four-run innings to stay out in front of the Mean Green. North Texas used all three pitchers on the day.

The wind played a big part in both sides getting hits. The Mean Green struck for 12, but Marshall bested the home team with 17.

Senior utility player Karly Williams had a great day at the plate for North Texas, going 3-for-3 with three RBIs. She now has 19 RBIs on the season.

“Honestly, I think [Schkade] helped me out,” Williams said. “She got a hit pretty much every time I did, so she helped me stay in there and not be nervous.”

North Texas started the scoring in the third thanks to the duo of Williams and junior infielder Kelli Schkade. Schkade doubled with one out, then Williams hit a hot shot through the left side of the infield scoring Schkade for a 1-0 North Texas lead.

Marshall answered when senior utility player Raquel Escareno doubled to lead off the top of the fourth, and freshman infielder Briana Daiss followed up with a poke through the right side to tie the game at one.

The Mean Green took the lead again when junior Danielle Gregory doubled to lead-off the fourth, and freshman utility player Lauren Miller sac-flied her home. Then, Marshall had the first of two big innings.

The Herd got the leadoff runner on in the fifth, and sophomore infielder Elicia D’Orazio scored the runner with a triple to tie the game at two, her 12th RBI of the season. Marshall then chased junior Jessica Elder from the circle after 4.0 innings pitched with three runs allowed in her 11th start of the season.

Junior Stacey Underwood took the reins, but gave up a 2-RBI single to sophomore catcher Taylor McCord making the score 4-2 in favor of visitors. Underwood was done after getting two outs on five pitches.

“I felt they just squared up,” Kee said. “Obviously they had her on film from yesterday, and it was just one of those where it was a gut feeling I had.”

Kee went to freshman Lauren Craine to finish out the rest of the ballgame. She immediately allowed an RBI single making the score 5-2 in the fifth after entering with runners on second and third.

“I was definitely nervous,” Craine said. “Especially because coming in, we knew they were going to be tough to pitch to. They steal a lot of bases when pitchers aren’t looking. So, I was really nervous about keeping in mind that I can’t let them run on me, and I think I was just a little shaken up when I got in.”

Craine went 2.1 innings, allowing nine hits and four runs. Williams knocked in Schkade again in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to 5-3, but Williams was gunned down at home to end the inning.

Marshall again struck for four runs in the sixth when McCord knocked home a run with a double. Then, Daiss put the game out of reach with a 3-run homer to right center that bounced off the top of the wall – her seventh of the season.

North Texas scored two in the bottom of the sixth but left the bases loaded, making the final score 9-5 after a quiet seventh inning for both sides.

“We’d do anything to get that first series back,” Kee said. “Our team had a much better attitude, a little edginess to them which we asked them to do. We’re learning from this.”

North Texas has a one game road swing on Tuesday, as the team will travel to Steven F. Austin State University. First pitch is at 2 p.m.

Featured Image: The North Texas softball team stands at the edge of the infield for the playing of the alma mater after a win against the University of Tennesee-Martin during the Mean Green Spring Fling Tournament. Dylan Nadwodny | Staff Photographer

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