ACU’s softball team will take the field this weekend at the North Texas Invitational in Denton. The Wildcats look forward to stiff competition as they play University of North Texas on Thursday, Texas State University on Friday followed by a double-header with Sam Houston State University and Prairie View A&M University on Saturday.
North Texas is coming off a six-game winning streak as they swept Northern Iowa in a home tournament, marking their record 7-3 overall. The Mean Green has lost to Georgia and Winthrop.
Competition has been tough this season for the Wildcats, as their schedule will not get easier. But that’s not stopping them from moving forward with confidence, players say.
“I’ve been trying to stay confident and not over think any of my pitches, just learn to trust myself,” freshman pitcher Hannah Null said. “As a team, we have learned to stay confident and motivated throughout the whole game.”
ACU is looking to bounce back from a three-game losing streak, as they have been outscored 17-3 over their three-game skid.
The ‘Cats are 2-5 going into the tournament after losing in a double-header Tuesday against Western New Mexico University and Lubbock Christian University.
The Wildcats fell 4-2 to Western New Mexico Tuesday morning as they allowed four runs in the first two innings of the game. For the rest of the game ACU fought hard as five of the nine hits went for extra bases. Freshman Taylor Brown and sophomore Cara Hoover scored for the Wildcats. Unfortunately, the loss carried over into the second game.
ACU lost 8-0 to the Lubbock Christian Lady Chaps in six innings. LCU’s Katera Eltsosie allowed only three hits over a six-inning shutout as she struck out four. The Wildcats weren’t able to keep up as they let the game-winning runs in the sixth score on back-to-back home runs by LCU’s Megan Sullivan and Morgan Colburn.
The Wildcats’ game on Thursday will start at 7 p.m. followed by Friday’s game at 3 p.m. The double-header on Saturday will begin at 9 a.m. with another game at 1 p.m.