North Texas claimed its series with Texas-San Antonio after a 10-7 win in a weather-delayed rubber game that saw the Mean Green register 10 hits, including a two-run home run by senior Jordan Terry in the bottom of the sixth to seal the win.
North Texas pushed its Conference USA record to 5-1 with the series-clinching victory and 19-8 overall following a split with UTSA on Saturday.
“I think this was a key victory for us today,” UNT coach Tracey Kee said. “That was a tough game all the way around with the elements, and I thought our kids did a nice job of battling.”
Led by a Brooke Foster leadoff home run, the Mean Green poured five first-inning runs on the Roadrunners.
Despite the quick start, UTSA fought back from a 6-0 deficit after two innings to get within 8-6 after four innings.
But with an 8-7 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, Terry provided the Mean Green with the breathing room it needed when she blasted a two-run home run following a Dani Hoff double to push the North Texas lead back to three.
UTSA would threaten but not complete the comeback in the seventh frame.
“I had a 3-1 count, and I was looking for one spot,” Terry said. “She put it right down the middle, so I just hit and it felt good.”
Freshman Kenzie Grimes, who came into the game in the top of the fifth inning in relief of senior Ashley Kirk (13-3), recorded the final nine outs for North Texas and notched her second save of the season.
Another freshman, Shelbie Smith, who started the game at catcher, had a career-high three RBIs, including a two-run single to center field in the first inning.
Junior Kat Strunk capped off her strong weekend with a two-hit performance and a pair of walks, while Hoff unloaded two doubles to push her active hitting streak to 12 straight games.
“I think we did well and didn’t let up on offense,” Terry said. “If we don’t let up on offense and if our pitching stays in tune, we are good to go.”
North Texas next will play at Texas Tech in a doubleheader at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Churchman leads way
STATESBORO, Ga. — A career day for freshman Cory Churchman powered North Texas to its lowest score of the Schenkel Invitational on the final day.
Churchman shot a career-best 4-under-par 68 to help the Mean Green to the fifth-lowest score of the day.
For Churchman, it’s the first round in the 60s in his collegiate career. His 68 was tied for the lowest score of the day.
UNT, which had struggled the first two days, shot a final round of 5-over 293 and finished in 14th place.
Churchman had seven birdies on the day and played his final seven holes at 4 under par as he carded four birdies and three pars.
He vaulted his way up the leaderboard and into a tie for 32nd at 5-over 221.
Juan Munoz finished tied with Churchman at 221 after a final round of even-par 72. Munoz had four birdies on the day. Jason Roets had his streak of three straight top-10 finishes end as he shot a 76 and ended in a tie for 55th.