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Mean Green drops both games in double header against UAB

Mean Green drops both games in double header against UAB

March 30
14:58 2014

Eric Siner // Intern Writer

The Mean Green offense couldn’t get going Saturday afternoon, as the team lost a double header to the University of Alabama at Birmingham 9-1 in the first game and 5-1 in the second.

Game 1

UAB (19-14, 7-4) jumped on the Mean Green (22-12, 8-3) early in the first game thanks to a two-run home run from junior infielder Heather Pearson, giving the Blazers an early 3-0 lead. In response, senior outfielder Jackie Miller drove in senior infielder Jordan Terry home with a deep sacrifice fly to left field, putting the Mean Green on the board 3-1.

After that, it was all UAB. The team scored six runs in the last four innings, including another two-run homer from junior outfielder Hayley Davis deep to left-center field to stretch the lead 5-1. Four more runs would follow in UNT’s eight-run loss, tying the worst loss of the year.

UAB senior pitcher Leigh Streetman (14-7) only gave up one earned run on five hits, with seven strikeouts. On the other side, Mean Green Senior pitcher Ashley Kirk (14-5) gave up five earned runs on five hits in four innings pitched.

The game ended in the top of the sixth inning due to the eight-run mercy rule when the Blazers went up 9-1.

Game 2

In the second game, the Mean Green still couldn’t come up with any offense, scoring only a single run in the 5-1 loss. UNT senior and Conference USA co-pitcher of the week Lauren Poole (5-3) struggled, giving up 13 hits and four earned runs.

“The Blazers did a nice job of sticking with their strengths,” head coach Tracey Kee said. “We did not make adjustments offensively and we didn’t really force them to go into their bag of tricks. We worked behind, they worked ahead often, they came at us and we didn’t execute.”

The lone run scored by the Mean Green was by senior infielder Brooke Foster, off of an RBI single from senior infielder Jordan Terry.

“We were chasing balls and we were not in our element like we always are,” Terry said.

The only Mean Green player to post a hit in both games was junior outfielder Kat Strunk, but it wasn’t enough to reel her team to a win.

“We threw ourselves out of that game,” Strunk said. “We’ve been talking all week and exactly what those pitchers were going to come at us with. We just didn’t make adjustments soon enough to get hits.”

The Mean Green will finish up the series with one more game at 12 p.m. Sunday at Lovelace Stadium.

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