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Softball: UNT drops softball doubleheader; men’s golf in contention

No. 23 South Alabama swept a doubleheader against North Texas behind a walk-off home run in the first game and a run-rule in the nightcap on Saturday afternoon at in Mobile, Ala.

The Jaguars won the first game 3-2 and then secured a 12-1 victory in five innings in the second.

The Jaguars improved to 37-7 and 13-3 in the Sun Belt Conference, while North Texas fell to 18-19 and 6-9. The two teams will complete the three-game series today at 11 a.m.

Blair Johnson hit a home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Jaguars to a win in the opening game. The Jaguars used an eight-run second inning to jump ahead of the Mean Green in the nightcap.

South Alabama took early leads in both games. North Texas was able to tie the score in the sixth inning of the opening game with two runs.

Dani Hoff led off and reached base on a fielding error. Jen Beardsley pinch ran for Hoff and was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Taylor Schoblocher hit a single up the middle to put runners on the corners. Bryana Wade plated the first run with a sacrifice fly to right, and Karly Williams tied the game with a triple to right field.

Johnson led off the bottom of the seventh and won the game for the Jaguars with her homer to right field.

Ashley Kirk (8-7) took the loss for UNT, giving up all three runs on seven hits while striking out eight.

Brittany Simmons (6-6) took the loss for the Mean Green in the nightcap, giving up five runs in 1 1/3 innings.