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Softball: UNT’s Ferrell prevents Sooner no-hitter

NORMAN, Okla. — On the road Wednesday against the defending national champion, North Texas found itself in a pitchers’ duel but could not generate the needed offense and lost 3-0 to No. 17 Oklahoma.

UNT junior Madison Thompson made her ninth start of the season and did not disappoint. Facing the fifth-ranked offense in the nation, the Oklahoman held OU scoreless through four innings before yielding a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth.

“Our goal in today’s game was to shorten the game,” UNT coach Tracey Kee said. “I knew if we could run Madison out there early and put some zeroes on the board, that would give us a shot. To go up against the fifth-ranked offense and get 15 outs, that was just a great job on her part.”

Thompson allowed one more home run in the bottom of the sixth that pushed the Sooner lead to 3-0.

On the offensive side, the Mean Green struggled, tallying its only hit off Kelsey Stevens in the top of the seventh on Spencer Ferrell’s leadoff single.

UNT sophomore catcher Bryana Wade entered the game late and threw out her 21st base runner of the season, which puts her two away from the North Texas single-season record.

“This type of the game is the type of game this program needs to be playing late in our season,” Kee said. “I liked our energy, pitching and defensive play. I think we will be ready to play on Saturday.”

UNT next heads to Miami for a three-game Conference USA series with Florida International. It starts with a 3 p.m. doubleheader Saturday.