North Texas’ 11-game winning streak ended Saturday on the first day of the Best Western/Courtyard Classic with a 5-4 defeat at the hands of Wichita State, followed by 5-2 loss in extra innings to McNeese State.
“I don’t think we played well enough to win today,” UNT coach Tracey Kee said. “We have got to do a better job with at-bats. I think on the defensive side our lack of execution cost us, and for us that is very disappointing because we worked extremely hard on that side of the ball in practice.”
UNT went back and forth with Wichita State. In the top of the seventh with two outs and two on, the Mean Green needed one run to tie and senior Jordan Terry sent a fly ball that died at the warning track.
Senior ace Ashley Kirk dominated McNeese, which has defeated three top-25 teams this season. She gave up four hits and one earned run in eight innings of work.
But the Mean Green bats could not get going following a four-run top of the eighth by the Cowgirls.
“We need to step up,” Kee said. “We have to do a better job with our mindset, not play scared and play like we know how.”
North Texas, weather permitting, will play McNeese again at 11:30 this morning and the Shockers at 2 p.m.
Track and field
Distance medley team
sets school record
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — North Texas’ men’s distance medley relay team had the fastest time in program history, finishing second Friday night to complete day one at the Conference USA indoor meet.
“Going into Conference USA we knew it was going to be a challenge,” UNT coach Carl Sheffield said. “After competing today, we can see where we need to make adjustments and changes in order to compete at a higher level.”
The men’s distance medley team of Connor Bey, Alex Hita, Bryce McAndrew and Austin Yaeger crossed the line with a time of 10:00.68.
“The distance medley relay was the performance of the night,” Sheffield said. “Bryce was in the right position at the right time for us, and it was his fastest performance we’ve see this year.”
In the 400 meters, the Mean Green’s Anthony Hamilton and Clinton Collins qualified for Saturday’s final. Collins had the second fastest time of the evening with a 47.58 and Hamilton ran a season-best 48.74.
Clinton Clarke advanced to the final of the long jump with a personal best of 6.96 meters to finish ninth. In the 5,000, Alejandro Valencia had a personal-best 14:43.92 to finish sixth, right in front of James Coleman at 14:43.95.
On the women’s side, Charlotte Wilson ran a personal-best 17:06.11 in the 5,000, placing sixth, while Mean Green newcomer Shauna Pali had a personal best of 17:29.05.