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Foster’s walk-off grand slam in regular season finale gives Mean Green softball its 30th win

Foster’s walk-off grand slam in regular season finale gives Mean Green softball its 30th win

May 05
11:09 2014

Eric Siner // Intern Writer

The Mean Green ended its last home game of the season with of a grand slam home run from senior infielder Brooke Foster in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Mean Green an 11-8 victory over the University of Tulsa Hurricanes, who haven’t lost a series all season.

“I just swung at the first pitch, that’s just something that I do. I haven’t swung at the first pitch in all three games, and I don’t know, it was right where I wanted it I guess. It’s crazy,” Foster said.

The Tulsa Hurricanes (47-7) came out swinging in the first two innings, scoring three runs in the first, and four runs in the second. Tulsa cooled off in the final five innings, only scoring one more run.

The Mean Green (30-21) took advantage by scoring one run in the sixth, and the walk-off grand slam in the seventh.

Sophomore catcher Bryana Wade scored twice and drove in a run, and was also pleased that her team got the win against a Tulsa team who only lost six games all season before this game.

“I’m just so excited, going into conference beating Tulsa and they haven’t lost a series, I feel that is a good thing for us,” Wade said.

With the victory, the Mean Green eclipsed a school-best 30th win of the season.

“I’m just happy for this program. I’m happy for North Texas, I’m happy for these kids, I just want them to have something that they’re going to be proud of, and it’s been a fun ride,” head coach Tracey Kee said.

Senior pitcher Ashley Kirk was pulled after two innings pitched, after giving up four hits and seven earned runs. She was replaced by senior Lauren Poole for the final five innings, and she surrendered only two hits with one earned run and three strikeouts.

Junior outfielder Kat Strunk saved a potential two-run home run in the sixth inning, after jumping over the center wall to come up with the grab.

Big plays helped pace the Mean Green to its final home victory of the season, and Kee knew the ball was gone as soon as Brooke Foster unleashed on it.

“I’ve seen enough of her shots to know there was no doubt about it.”

After handing Tulsa its first series loss of the season, the Mean Green will now head to Boca Raton, Fla. for the Conference USA Championships that start May 8.

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