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Coach Kee picks up 700th career victory as Mean Green softball sweeps Middle Tennessee

Coach Kee picks up 700th career victory as Mean Green softball sweeps Middle Tennessee

March 09
19:17 2014

Akshay Mirchandani // Staff Writer

The Mean Green softball team took on the Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raiders in the final game of the weekend series Sunday afternoon in Murfreesboro, Tenn. and won 11-5, earning a 3-0 weekend sweep. Head coach Tracey Kee earned her 700th career victory.

“I’m fortunate enough to have a job where I have a lot of passion for,” Kee said. “It doesn’t even feel like a job. It’s almost like a calling, a career of sorts. So credit to the people that have played for me and I credit to the people I’ve worked with.”

After the Mean Green (16-5, 3-0) got on the scoreboard first with two runs in the second inning, the team followed that up with a five-run third inning fueled by senior outfielder Jackie Miller’s RBI single and sophomore utility Spencer Ferrell’s two-RBI single.

“Everyone was pretty patient and I’m almost positive that the bases were loaded and we had multiple runners on,” Miller said. “I think that’s what helped us get all those runs in that inning.”

Miller had an RBI triple in the top of the sixth inning and UNT took a 9-2 lead going into the bottom of the inning. But the Blue Raiders (5-20, 0-3) began chipping away at the Mean Green lead and responded with three runs.

However, UNT scored two runs in the seventh while the Blue Raiders were held scoreless, which sealed the Mean Green victory. Kee said the team’s focus didn’t slow down after getting its two wins in the Saturday double-header.

“When you get an opportunity to sweep, you have to capitalize on it,” Kee said. “I thought our kids came out with good energy and good focus and were able to make that happen.”

The Blue Raiders were the first Conference USA opponents the Mean Green have met this season. Sophomore utility Taylor Schoblocher said that sweeping MTSU was big for them.

“It means a lot,” Schoblocher said. “It’s good to come out with a bang, especially for Coach Kee’s 700th win, so it was a big deal today.”

Next the Mean Green will return to Denton for a six-game home stand, which will begin with a double-header against the University of Texas Longhorns at 4 p.m. March 11 at Lovelace Field.

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