TWU/UNT roundup: TWU’s Lander blanks A&M International

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AUSTIN — TWU senior Brandie Lander tossed her third complete-game shutout of the season to lead the Pioneers to a 2-0 win over Texas A&M International on Saturday at the St. Edward’s Round Robin.

The Pioneers (10-3) got on the board on a two-out RBI single by senior Amanda Ruiz in the bottom of the third. Junior Samantha Alegrai led off the inning with a double and scored on Ruiz’s single.

TWU added an insurance run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by freshman Katy Stephens. Junior Amanda Shirley, who came in to run for Katie Hines, scored. Hines led off the inning with a walk.

Lander (7-0) allowed seven hits and struck out seven batters in the win.

“Brandie was lights-out today,” TWU coach Genny Stidham said. “We struggled on offense and only scored two runs, but that’s all Brandie needed. When we had opportunities to score, we were able to move the runners and got the big hit and flyout.”

Today, TWU will face Chadron State at 1:30 p.m. and host St. Edward’s at 3:45 p.m.

 

Mean Green wins pair

North Texas powered past Northern Iowa 8-6 with a three-run, walk-off home run by Taylor Schoblocher in the bottom of the seventh, then smashed Southern 9-1 to remain unbeaten in the Lovelace Invitational.

North Texas takes a five-game winning streak into today’s rematch with Northern Iowa.

“The Northern Iowa game was the best game we’ve played this year,” UNT coach Tracey Kee said. “They jumped on us quickly, and it was a credit to our kids for hanging in there. Our kids gave great effort and great fight.”

Northern Iowa came out of the gates swinging and quickly put North Texas into a 5-0 hole. But the Mean Green clawed its way back behind a couple of timely hits by Dani Hoff and Kat Strunk before the big play in the seventh.

Down by one, Schoblocher laced her shot over the extended glove of the Panthers’ right fielder and over the wall.

“It felt awesome,” Schoblocher said. “I’ve always been pretty good under pressure, and when it came off the bat it felt good.”

North Texas also got a strong performance from senior starting pitcher Ashley Kirk, who dug deep after allowing five earned runs in the top of the first — but only one the rest of the way. She struck out seven batters.

With the win, North Texas secured the No. 1 seed in the Lovelace Invitational and played No. 4 seed Southern.

The Mean Green won in convincing fashion on the run rule while getting a complete-game outing from freshman pitcher Kenzie Grimes, who allowed two hits and one earned run in five innings.

Freshmen Mallory Land (third base) and Shelbie Smith (catcher) also started against Southern. Jordan Terry, who started as the designated player, had three RBIs.

North Texas finishes play in the Lovelace Invitational at 11:30 a.m. today against Northern Iowa, which beat third-seeded Nicholls State to advance.

“We can continue to play North Texas softball — swinging the bats, manufacturing runs when we have to, tightening up our defense and pitching well enough to keep us in ballgames,” Kee said.

 

Tennis

UNT 4, Miami (Ohio) 1

North Texas beat Miami of Ohio, winning its home opener.

“We had a great start in today’s match with doubles,” UNT associate head coach Jeff Hammond said. “Technically, they’ve looked as good as I’ve seen in practice. What we accomplished in singles was the fight we talk about all the time. We went up against a team who when we gave push they pushed back. It was a real battle.”

The Mean Green swept doubles play, with sophomores Dane Joubert and Agustina Valenzuela defeating the RedHawks 8-3 in the No. 3 slot. Freshmen Alexis Thoma and Kamilla Galieva won 8-1.

In singles play, UNT’s Kseniya Bardabush was back from an injury and won 6-4, 6-0 at the No. 1 spot.

Agustina Valenzula kept that momentum going by taking the No. 5 spot 6-4, 6-4. Anastasiya Shestakova clinched the match for the Mean Green with a 6-4, 0-6, 6-2 victory.

“I was really excited to play,” said Bardabush, a junior captain. “I was worried about my ankle but stayed focused on every point, and it went well. It was amazing to play at home and have all the support from our Mean Green family.”

North Texas next heads to Tulsa, Okla., for a Conference USA dual against Tulsa (2 p.m. Friday) and a nonconference battle with Kansas State (noon Saturday).

 

Track and field

Wilson wins 3,000 at Tech

LUBBOCK — North Texas went separate ways this weekend, competing in the Texas Tech Open on Friday and the two-day Iowa State Classic.

The Mean Green wrapped up the Texas Tech Open with Charlotte Wilson’s victory in the 3,000 meters. Wilson collected her third event win of the season in three races. Teammate Shauna Pali was close behind in fifth.

In the women’s long jump, sophomores Mona Landry and Icis Finley finished in fourth and seventh place, respectively, with Finley’s jump of 5.50 meters a season best.

Landry placed third in the 55 meters with her time of 7.14.

On the men’s side, Kedron Sowells and Stephen Munroe finished sixth and eighth, respectively, in the 55.

The Mean Green’s Sarah Korn and Madison Northcutt tied for fourth in the women’s pole vault with a height of 3.35 meters.

Distance runners Magdalena Escobar (5:19.29), Kylee Kittrell (5:20.68) and Yvetter Hernandez (5:20.73) finished the mile within one second of each other, placing fifth, seventh and eighth. On the men’s side, Alex Hita finished eighth.

Austin Yaeger finished second in the 800 with a school-record time of 1:52.61, and finishing third was teammate Bryce McAndrew.

Clinton Clarke was second in the triple jump with a distance of 13.82.

In Ames, Iowa, UNT finished Friday’s opening session with Chastity Stewart finishing second in the 60 hurdles with a preliminary time of 8.54.

James Coleman set a school record in the 5,000 with a time of 14:32.23, finishing 31st.


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