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Softball: UNT blanked by defending national champions

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NORMAN, Okla. -- The North Texas softball team was dealt an 8-0 run-rule loss by No. 8 Oklahoma on Tuesday night at the OU Softball Complex.

"For us, we weren't going to be able to compete on our field, so to be able to see live pitching and compete against the defending national champions is exciting," UNT coach Tracey Kee said. "I wasn't overly disappointed tonight. We have a healthy dose of respect for them and I'm interested to see what they can do down the stretch."

OU's Mariah Lopez picked up her 13th win of the season, tossing four innings limiting the Mean Green to two hits.

UNT pitcher Stacy Underwood (12-9) started the game but lasted only two innings, allowing four runs on three hits with two walks. Senior Jessica Elder and sophomore Lauren Craine finished the game in relief.

OU plated one run in the first inning on a sacrifice fly and added three more in the second, capped off by Caleigh Clifton's two-run home run.

The Sooners then used four hits and capitalized on a fielding error to stretch its lead to 6-0. They tacked on a run in the fifth, and Paige Parker sealed the victory with an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth.

UNT remains on the road Wednesday when it faces off against Abilene Christian at 5 p.m.