MU softball swept by North Texas
HUNTINGTON -- If North Texas' softball team had gotten any meaner or greener it would have had to change its nickname to "The Grinch."
What else can be said of North Texas (27-15, 12-5 Conference USA) sweeping the series with Marshall by scores of 7-3, 9-8 and 8-2 while out-scoring the Herd, 24-13?
The final brick in the wall of three straight Marshall defeats was an 8-2 setback Sunday at Dot Hicks Field, which featured a scant three hits by the Herd.
"You've got to give credit to North Texas," said Shonda Stanton, Marshall head coach. "They're a good ball club. Anytime you extend an inning and give them four or five outs, they're going to capitalize on that. And they did."
The onslaught began early Sunday when the Mean Green loaded the bases with noon outs in the top of the second inning. Yet, Marshall nearly escaped unscathed until a two-out walk forced a North Texas runner home for a 1-0 lead. But, then, in the fourth inning a solo home run by North Texas extended the lead to 2-0.
Then, North Texas blew the game open in the top of the sixth inning when three hits and two Marshall errors provided four unearned runs.
To make matters worse, the Mean Green added more insurance runs in the seventh when an outfield error turned into an inside-the-park home run and two runs.
The only bright spots for Marshall was a two-run homer by catcher Katalin Lucas and freshman pitcher Jordan Dixon, who yielded only two hits until the sixth inning while taking the loss.
Marshall (17-26, 6-9 C-USA) will travel to Wright State for a non-conference doubleheader at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio.
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