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Softball rocked in day two of Kansas Round Robin

Softball rocked in day two of Kansas Round Robin

April 09
19:58 2016

Clay Massey | Staff Writer


After holding the University of Kansas close in game one yesterday, the Mean Green softball team was handled with ease by the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Jayhawks (22-13, 1-2) on day two of the Kansas Round Robin.

The Mean Green (19-19, 3-9) has now lost seven of its last 10 games. The offense, which has been the team’s strong point so far, has only managed 9 runs in the last five games.

“Right now we’re just at a point where we can’t catch a break,” head coach Tracey Kee said. “We can’t create our own breaks. We put ourselves in opportunities, but we can’t capitalize on it. It’s a streaky sport.”

North Texas 4, Georgia Tech 8

North Texas attempted a late rally against Georgia Tech (16-21, 3-8), but it was not enough to dig out of its early hole.

Georgia Tech scored in the top of the first, and then the Mean Green answered with freshman infielder Makenzi Dawson’s ninth RBI of the year to tie the game at one. The Mean Green put runners at second and third during each of the first three innings, but stranded them there.

“[Georgia Tech] capitalized on getting runners on and scoring them,” Kee said. “We were getting runners on and couldn’t get them across the plate. Honestly they had a lot better energy than we did.”

Georgia Tech scored two on a throwing error in the fourth, and then scored on a bases-loaded walk issued by junior pitcher Stacey Underwood to make it 4-1 Georgia Tech. Underwood allowed four runs on four hits in 4.0 innings of work.

Freshman pitcher Lauren Craine came in to work 3.0 innings of relief, allowing six hits, four runs and walking one. Georgia Tech loaded the bases in the fifth, adding three runs for a 7-1 lead. North Texas scored a run of its own in the fifth with a bases-loaded walk, but could not drive any others in.

Georgia Tech added another in the seventh with a solo shot to center off of Craine for an 8-2 lead. Senior catcher Bryana Wade then doubled a run home in the final frame scoring junior infielder Kelli Schkade, but the mini-rally was too little, too late.

“We need to bounce back and get a win out of this Round Robin,” Schkade said. “We need to get in the box and stop thinking. We need to see the ball and hit the ball. It’s going to come back.”

North Texas 2, Kansas 12 (5)

After being held to just one run yesterday by Underwood, the Jayhawks came out and rocked junior Jessica Elder for 12 runs on nine hits. Elder went the full 4.2 innings, as the Jayhawks put away North Texas with a 3-RBI double to left center to put the run-rule in effect.

“Where I put the ball is where they hit the ball,” Elder said. “It was a matter of keeping the ball low and hitting my spot.”

North Texas could not make the most of its baserunners, as it stranded four. Kansas loaded the bases on multiple occasions and got runs home on all of them.

The Jayhawks opened the scoring in the second with back-to-back doubles, but North Texas answered in the top of the third with Dawson’s second RBI of the day. Dawson finished 1-for-6 on the day, but notched two RBIs.

It was the only time North Texas had an answer for a booming Kansas offense. A six-run fourth and a five run fifth pushed the Jayhawks over the top on the day.

The Jayhawks regained the lead in the fourth with an RBI double and never looked back. North Texas walked home another run in the fourth, and then a 2-RBI single put the Jayhawks ahead 6-1.

Freshman utility player Lauren Miller gave North Texas its second run of the game with a solo shot, her second home run of the season. It made the score 7-2, but the hole was just too much.

Kansas loaded the bases in the fifth and brought home two runs on hit by pitches, then the bases-clearing double ended the game.

“We’ve got to start winning,” Kee said. “That’s the bottom line. It doesn’t matter who does it or how we do it. We have to get some games in the win column.”

North Texas finishes up the Kansas Round Robin tomorrow at 9 a.m. with a game against Georgia Tech.

Featured Image: Freshman utility player Harley Perella cocks her arm back to throw a ball to first base during practice. Dylan Nadwodny | Staff Photographer

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