BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- North Texas dropped both ends of a doubleheader to UAB on Friday as the Blazers did just enough to edge the Mean Green in 3-2 and 2-1 victories.
"Our kids need to show some backbone and grit," UNT coach Tracey Kee said.
All three of North Texas' runs came via home runs.
The losses drop the Mean Green to third in Conference USA's West Division.
In the opener, the Blazers secured a walk-off victory on Molli Garcia's RBI double to right-center.
Underwood (12-8) matched her career high with seven strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. UAB's Claire Blount (7-9) picked up the win, tossing a complete game while limiting the Mean Green to three hits.
UNT broke open the scoring in the fourth as freshman Hanna Rebar launched a one-out, two-run home run to left-center.
The Blazers knotted the game at 2 in the bottom of the fifth on Analyse Petree's two-run home run to left-center.
In the seventh, North Texas loaded the bases but was unable to take the lead, as pinch hitter Camille Grahmann was out after a fair ball hit her outside of the box and Lindsay Gregory went down swinging.
In the nightcap, the Blazers received a career performance in the circle from Cara Goodwin.
Goodwin (3-10) went seven innings, allowing one run on three scattered hits with a career-best 10 strikeouts.
Elder (5-7) limited the Blazers to two runs on six hits in six innings.
UAB (15-26, 7-7 C-USA) struck first, plating two runs in the second on Amy Waters' RBI double off Rebar's glove in right and Destini England's triple over Rebar's head.
Gregory pulled North Texas within one in the fourth, launching her third home run over the wall in left.
UNT (21-20, 8-9) and UAB will cap the series at 1 p.m. Saturday.