Softball Run-Rules LA Tech To Advance

DENTON, TX – North Texas run-ruled top-seeded Louisiana Tech, 11-1 in five innings Friday afternoon at Lovelace Stadium in the 2022 Conference USA Softball Championship. The Mean Green advance to the conference championship game for the first time in program history and will play a TBD opponent Saturday at 12 pm CT.

“We were urgent, hungry, and motivated. When we play that way mentally, we’re usually pretty good. We had something to prove today for sure. We worry about ourselves and how we play. If we bring that same mentality tomorrow, we’ll be pretty good.”

RECAP- UNT 11, LA Tech 1

North Texas grabbed an early three-run lead in the top of the first inning as the first five Mean Green batters reached base. Lexi Cobb led off with a double down the left line before Molly Rainey reached on an error, allowing Cobb to score and make it 1-0. One batter later, Tayla Evans then took the first pitch deep to right center for a two-run blast to extend the lead to 3-0 in the first.

Cierra Simon and Cobb led the second inning off with singles before Rainey came back to the plate and launched a three-run homer to widen the lead to 6-0.

North Texas (34-14) bats stayed hot in the third inning and recorded another four hits. Sydney Ingle recorded her first hit of the day with a single up the middle before Simon reached on a bunt to put two runners on base. Cobb then returned to the plate and hit the third North Texas homer of the game to stretch the lead to 9-0.

UNT scored two more runs in the top of the fourth when Mikayla Smith homered for the fourth time this season, to make the game 11-0.

Louisiana Tech (39-19) added one run at the bottom of the fifth inning before UNT recorded the final out.

Skylar Savage (W, 14-7) pitched a complete game and finished with two strikeouts while holding the Lady Techsters to one run on four hits.

Cobb led the team in hits (3), runs (3), and tied for the lead in RBI (3) while finishing an efficient 3-for-4.

Cobb, Rainey, Smith, and Evans all homered as the Mean Green hit the second-most home runs in a game this season. North Texas increased its program-best record for home runs in a season to 65 and will play in its first conference championship game in program history.

Lauren Menzina (7-7) was charged the loss for Louisiana Tech and struck out one batter.

Amanda Gonzalez homered for the Lady Techsters and finished 2-for-2 with one run and one RBI.

UNT will face a TBD opponent on Saturday, May 14 at 12 pm CT in the Championship game of the 2022 Conference USA Softball Championship. The game will be broadcast on CBSSN.

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