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Softball held scoreless in Kansas Round Robin opener

Softball held scoreless in Kansas Round Robin opener

April 08
21:47 2016

Clay Massey | Staff Writer

@Clay_FC

Another day, another pitching duel for the Mean Green softball team.

After coming out victorious in Wednesday’s pitching battle, North Texas (19-17, 3-6) fell to the University of Kansas 1-0 despite a strong effort by junior right-hander Stacey Underwood in the pitcher’s circle.

“Stacey did a nice job of keeping us in the game,” head coach Tracey Kee said. “It just came down to one timely hit. Kansas is a great hitting team.”

Underwood went the full 6.0 innings against Kansas (21-13, 1-2), allowing just one run on six hits on 108 pitches. Jayhawks sophomore Andie Formby bested Underwood, throwing a complete game shutout, allowing only three hits and striking out eight on 99 pitches.

Formby entered the game with a 2.07 ERA and improved to 12-5 on the season. She kept the Mean Green off-balance by changing speeds and constantly hitting her spots.

“It’s frustrating,” junior infielder Kelli Schkade said. “After the game I told [Underwood] she pitched a great game. I basically apologized. I said I was sorry that we weren’t there to produce for you like we should be.”

Kansas scored its lone run in the fourth inning when senior outfielder Shannon McGinley slapped a ball into left field, scoring junior infielder Taylor McElhaney. Underwood came out and shut the Jayhawks down, but her offensive support stalled.

Underwood stranded nine Jayhawk runners on the night.

“It’s not anything I’m mad about,” Underwood said. “Kansas is a good team, and they threw their number one against us, so I can’t complain. Although we lost, it wasn’t a horrible game.”

North Texas only stranded two runners on base, but also had trouble stringing good at-bats together in general. The two runners North Texas left on base came with runners on the corners in the fifth inning.

“We were just out in front of everything,” Schkade said. “I think that going into the next game we need to let the ball get deep and hit the ball hard.”

The Mean Green will be back in action with a doubleheader tomorrow to continue play at the Kansas Round Robin when it faces the Georgia Institute of Technology at 11 a.m. and then the Jayhawks at 1:30 p.m.

Featured Image: Junior infielder Kelli Schade (9) drives a ball to the outfield. Dylan Nadwodny | Staff Photographer

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