North Texas Softball Fan Guide
The 2012-13 Mean Green softball team embarks on a 48-game schedule coming off one of the best seasons in the program's history.
Last season, North Texas won won eight of its last 10 games to record its second winning season at 28-26-1, the second most wins in a season in team history including a program-best 13 conference wins. The Mean Green set team records for runs scored, RBI, walks and strikeouts, and this year North Texas returns 12 letterwinners, including All-Sun Belt player Brooke Foster.
North Texas will travel to three tournaments early in the season, in Austin for the University of Texas Tournament, in San Marcos for the Texas Shootout, and a return to San Marcos for the CenturyLink Classic.
Among the opponents this year will be seven from the Big 12 and two from the Big 10. North Texas will host Baylor on April 17 and will play home-and-home games against UTA, in Arlington on April 24 and the return match in Denton on April 24.
The Mean Green's fourth tournament will be their own Lovelace Invitational, held February 15-16 at Lovelace Stadium and featuring a strong cast of teams. North Texas will open play against Oklahoma State on February 15, then face Nebraska-Omaha that evening. On February 16, the Mean Green meet Iowa from the Big 10, then finish against Dayton.
Final Season In Sun Belt Conference
Louisiana-Lafayette is once again tabbed as the favorite in the Sun Belt this year, and North Texas will host the Ragin' Cajuns April 6-7. The Mean Green open league play on May 9 with a twinbill against Florida-International, followed by a single game on March 10.
North Texas will conclude Sun Belt play at home against Louisiana-Monroe on April 27-28, then will play in its final Sun Belt Tournament May 8-11 in Troy, Alabama.
Mean Green Sports Pass
Without a doubt, the best value for North Texas sports fans is the Mean Green Sports Pass. The Pass allows you to attend all of this season's North Texas regular-season home softball, soccer and volleyball games. The cost is about a dollar per game for adults and just 60 cents a game for kids 17 and under.
For that price, you get nine games featuring the defending Sun Belt Conference champion North Texas soccer team and 18 games of the Mean Green volleyball squad, which is expected to make a run at the NCAA Tournament this year. You also get the fall and spring games of the Mean Green softball team, which plays at one of the top softball-only facilities in the region, Lovelace Stadium. This season's spring softball schedule is still being assembled, but last year's featured 24 home games. That's approximately 50 games this season, all available with the Mean Green Sports Pass.
The 2012-13 Mean Green Sports Pass is now on sale through the ticket office. The cost is just $50 for adults and $30 for youths 17 and under. The Mean Green Sports Pass can be purchased online, at the North Texas Athletic Ticket Office on the west side of Apogee Stadium, or by phone at 1-800-UNT-2366.
Individual Games Tickets
Tickets for individual games on the spring schedule will be available in the fall through the Athletic Ticket Office. Individual-game tickets are $5 each for adults and $3 for children 17 and under.
Looking to organize a company outing, team event or just a fun gathering with family and friends? Groups of 10 or more are eligible for group discounts.
Contact the North Texas Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-UNT-2366 for details on how to order.
North Texas students are admitted free to Mean Green home softball games with their student ID.
North Texas Interactive Athletics Map
If you've never been to the Lovelace Stadium or if you just want to explore the Mean Green's athletic facilities, visit our online interactive map. The North Texas Interative Athletics Map features all of the Mean Green facilities, from game venues to residence and support centers, and has a page dedicated to each facility, with photos and descriptions. The map allows you to take an online tour of the Mean Green Village.
Meet Coach Hubbard
T.J. Hubbard has head coach of the North Texas softball team since 2008, after serving as an assistant coach for the Mean Green from 2003-07.
Hubbard led North Texas to its first-ever winning season in 2010, then posted another winning season in 2012. Under Hubbard, North Texas emphasizes offensive production (the Mean Green has belted 42 or more home runs in six of the nine years of the program's existence) and stellar defense.
Hubbard has been with Mean Green softball since the program's first season in 2003.
MeanGreenSports.com, the official website of the North Texas Athletic Department, covers the soccer team throughout the season. There's no better source for Mean Green soccer information, including:
Mean Green On Twitter And Facebook
Twitter and Facebook are great sources of up-to-the-minute news and results of North Texas athletics. A steady stream of scores and notes are posted on Twitter @meangreensports. Click here for a list of all the Mean Green Twitter and Facebook pages.
Mean Green Spirit And Traditions
The spirit of the Mean Green is prevalent throughout the University of North Texas but never more so than during Mean Green sports events. Participate and enjoy these Mean Green game-day rituals.