North Texas takes first game of doubleheader against No. 19 Baylor
DENTON, Texas -- Back-to-back homers by Taylor Schoblocher and Bryana Wade led North Texas to a 5-3 win against No. 19 Baylor on Wednesday at Lovelace Stadium. The Bears came back to split the doubleheader with a 2-1 win in the nightcap.
The Mean Green (19-20) snapped a five-game losing streak with the opening win. North Texas defeated a ranked opponent for the first time since defeating Baylor at home during the 2011 season. Baylor (34-11) is 3-1 this season against the Mean Green.
Extra-base hits propelled North Texas to a victory in the opening game, but the Baylor pitchers shut down the Mean Green offense in the nightcap. North Texas outhit the Bears 9-6 in the win. Six of the nine hits were for extra bases. Baylor pitcher Courtney Repka allowed just one run off three hits in the second game.
Ashley Kirk (9-7) struck out eight batters and walked only one in her complete-game performance. After giving up three runs in the first three innings, she retired 12 of the final 14 batters.
Brittany Simmons (6-8) took the loss in the nightcap, despite giving up just one earned run off six hits. The winning run for Baylor was scored off a Mean Green fielding error in the third inning.
Back-to-back solo home runs put North Texas ahead in the fourth inning of the opening game 5-3. Schoblocher led off the inning with a long ball to center field. It was her sixth home run of the season. Wade followed with a home run to left field, the second of her career.
North Texas tied the game in the third with three runs off four hits. The Mean Green posted four doubles in the inning, including three that knocked in runs. Karly Williams led off the inning with a two-base hit that skipped past the left fielder. Paige Kisling followed her with a similar hit to left that scored the Mean Green’s first run. Brooke Foster plated a second run with the third double of the inning, and Dani Hoff tied the game with her team-leading 11th double of the season.
Baylor took an early 3-0 lead with two home runs. Sarah Smith hit a two-run long ball in the first inning, and Holly Holl recorded a solo shot in the third.
The Bears scored first in the nightcap, but the Mean Green quickly tied the game in the bottom of the first with an RBI single by Schoblocher.
Baylor took the lead in the third inning off a Mean Green fielding error. The Bears outhit the Mean Green 6-3 in the second game.