Saad Yousuf / Staff Writer
The Mean Green softball team played its second doubleheader of the North Texas Invitational on Saturday, going up against Boise State University, followed by a rematch against Seton Hall University. The Mean Green went 1-1 on the day, bringing the season record to 2-2.
North Texas (2-2) pounced on Boise State quickly and never looked back, taking the first game of the doubleheader 14-4.
Senior infielder Dani Hoff started off the scoring barrage in the first inning with a hit right center that scored junior utility Karly Williams and sophomore infielder Kelli Schkade scored. That started off a dominant 12 run first inning, which was capped off by junior utility Taylor Schoblocher’s three-run homerun. The Mean Green mounted a 12-0 lead to start the second inning, which they wouldn’t relinquish.
Schoblocher had five homeruns all of last season, and already has six through the first four games of the season.
“It feels awesome. It’s almost hard to believe,” Schoblocher said. “After my sixth one, as coach said, it was kind of comical. I don’t even know how to think about it but it’s awesome. It feels great.”
The second game of the doubleheader was a rematch from Friday’s game, when Seton Hall beat the Mean Green 2-1. This game had more runs, but the result was the same as Seton Hall downed North Texas 17-6.
Seton hall absolutely exploded early, going up 5-0 after the first inning. In the second inning, the Mean Green made it interesting with a Schoblocher homer and a three-run home run by junior catcher Bryana Wade to close the gap to 5-4. But Seton Hall extended its lead to 8-5 in the fourth inning, and never let up.
Freshman pitcher Monique Garcia, who had a great start to her Mean Green career Friday against this very team, struggled in this game.
“I don’t think I was mentally prepared for it to be my game,” Garcia said. “It was just a mental thing, I wasn’t ready for the game.”
Head coach Tracey Kee said she really liked what she saw from her offense, but said the pitching can improve.
“We’re playing error-free ball but our pitchers have to figure out how to keep the ball in the ballpark and they need to learn that free passes, whether it be walks or hit by pitches, our going to haunt you,” Kee said.
The Mean Green will conclude the North Texas Invitational on Sunday at 11 a.m. when it takes on Boise State again.