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UNT wins third straight

UNT wins third straight

March 24
22:04 2010

By Sean Gorman / Senior Staff Writer –

After impending bad weather forced the UNT softball team to change its location and playing time, the team kept its composure and secured its third-straight win in a 2-0 victory over the UT-Arlington Mavericks.

The Mean Green (11-9) was initially supposed to host the Mavericks (15-14) at 6:30 p.m. at Lovelace Stadium, but incoming thunderstorms forced the teams to play at 4:30 p.m. at Allan Saxe Field in Arlington.

“I’d certainly prefer to not to have any more of these close games but with the way we’ve been playing in those situations I can’t complain,” head coach T.J. Hubbard said. “If we can blow things open and get a big win with a low of runs in the next few games, that would be big.”

Junior infielder Mallory Cantler got things going for the Mean Green in the second inning, hitting her third home run of the year to give UNT a 1-0 lead.

“I think we can still make some improvements on offense, but we’ve come a long way since the beginning of the year,” Hubbard said.

The Maverick offense had no answers for senior pitcher Ashley Lail (6-3), who notched her fifth complete game while allowing two hits in the shutout.

“It’s a pretty simple approach when I pitch,” Lail said. “I’m just trying to pick my spots and do whatever I can to help my team win.”

Lail has pitched her best recently, winning in her last three appearances while not allowing an earned run in the last 19.2 innings.

“During these past three or four outings Ashley has been a confident pitcher, and it has showed,” Hubbard said. “That goes for all of our pitchers right now. It’s so important to have a group of pitchers that we can depend on every day.”

An insurance run for UNT came in the sixth inning when sophomore outfielder Megan Rupp scored from first on sophomore infielder Lisa Johnson’s double.

“As a team we have the mental toughness to stay competitive no matter what the score is,” Hubbard said. “Some of the come-from-behind wins we had last year have certainly helped with our team’s attitude later in the game.”

Leading the team in batting average and homeruns, Johnson has helped the Mean Green on offense all season.

“It’s been great because pitchers have been bypassing Mallory Cantler and Mariza Martinez because of their success in the past and Lisa has taken full advantage,” Hubbard said. “It’s been no surprise from the beginning of the year that she has played well.”

The Mavericks made a late game push in the 7th inning when they had runners on first and second, but Lail secured the win by forcing a game-ending groundout.

The Mean Green returns to action at 7 p.m. tonight when they host the UT-San Antonio Roadrunners at Lovelace Stadium.

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