Article Originally Published by Joshua Paveglio on North Texas Daily
Article Originally Published by on North Texas Daily
The North Texas softball team (26-15, 11-4 Conference USA) lost their rubber match against Western Kentucky (29-9, 12-3 C-USA) on Sunday 8-0.
North Texas was able to split the day on Saturday against the Hilltoppers, winning the first game 8-2 with contributions from sophomore pitcher Hope Trautwein and sophomore Katie Clark. Junior Harley Perella and freshman Tayla Evans had RBIs. DeLong expressed reassurance on the team’s position in conference.
“We needed to win at least one game,” DeLong said. “We got a win in game one and are still in good position.”
The second game on Saturday was tight with Tindell and junior Jenna Goodrich leading the rotation for the Mean Green. However, North Texas fell to the Hilltoppers in game two, 3-1.
Trautwein started the third game at the mound for the Mean Green and took her sixth loss on the season, making her 17-6 in 2019. She pitched for 2.1 innings, allowing four runs on three hits and strikeouts.
Freshman Bailey Tindell relived Trautwein, allowing four runs on five hits in three innings. North Texas head coach Rodney DeLong said he wasn’t happy with the pitching effort from his team, but he also didn’t think the officiating for the series helped.
“We didn’t throw really well to start the game and got behind,” DeLong said. “The umpire’s zone was wide. It’s unfortunate we have a crew like that for a big series like this, but we’ve still got to go and compete.”
The Hilltoppers jumped out to a three-run lead in the first inning off a home run from sophomore Kendall Smith. Junior Kelsey Aikey and her defense held the Mean Green scoreless for the game, only allowing one hit through the five innings before winning in run-rule fashion. DeLong credited Aikey’s efforts against his team.
“Their pitcher threw well credit [Aikey], she did good and they beat us,” DeLong said. “Obviously one hit isn’t going to get the job done.”
North Texas now sits at second place in the C-USA Western division, a game back of Louisiana Tech and the Hilltoppers currently sit atop the conference. DeLong is still confident in the Mean Green’s chances as they enter the final stretch of the season.
“We got a win in game one and are still in good position,” DeLong said. “We control our own destiny. We’re going to go back to work Tuesday and go to the next series and win the next series. We’ll be fine.”
Featured Image: In the top of the third inning, junior Haley Perella battled the count with a foul ball at the game against Saint Mary’s at Lovelace Stadium on April 5, 2019. Image by: Kara Dry.
Source: North Texas Daily