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Mean Green rallies to win series

Mean Green rallies to win series

March 27
22:37 2013

Tim Cato / Senior Staff Writer

The Mean Green softball team was in danger of losing its first conference series of the year on the road against Florida Atlantic University but recovered from an opening loss to sweep yesterday’s doubleheader.

UNT (18-14, 6-4) has tied two conference series against Troy University and Western Kentucky University but has yet to lose a series outright. FAU (24-20, 7-5) joins Florida International University as one of the two teams UNT has defeated this season.

Tuesday

Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh, the Mean Green recorded two outs but committed a throwing error that allowed a stealing Owls runner to score from first base in a walk-off victory.

Junior pitcher Ashley Kirk threw a complete game, finishing with three hits, six strikeouts and two earned runs. Her record fell to 7-5 in sixteen appearances.

Senior pitcher Brittany Simmons said the team wasn’t quite where it needed to be mentally.

“We played well for the most part,” she said. “There was just something missing on intensity.”

Following the loss, head coach T.J. Hubbard and his staff sat the team down for a heart-to-heart discussion.

“We showed them how many weeks were left,” Hubbard said. “We’ve reached the halfway point, and we’re on the downhill slide at this point. If we keep improving and getting better we’re giving ourselves a really good shot to make it to the postseason, but every game, every play has to be important.”

Wednesday

The team responded to Hubbard’s message when it showed up the following day, shutting out the Owls 6-0 in the first game and winning the nightcap in extra innings, 7-2.

Simmons set the tone at the start of the doubleheader, pitching her first complete game shutout of the year with two strikeouts and no walks.

The second game mirrored Tuesday’s opener with a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning, except this time the Mean Green was able to hold on to the tie and force extra innings. In the top of the eighth, the Mean Green offense exploded for five runs thanks to a flurry of singles and walks.

A scoreless bottom of the eighth sealed both the game and a series win for the Mean Green.

Sophomore infielder Jordan Terry was impressed with the team’s performance over the doubleheader.

“We came together and worked together as a team,” Terry said. “Pitching was on, hitting was on, defense was on. I think when we play like that we’re unstoppable.”

The Mean Green returns home for a series against the University of Louisiana-Lafayette (19-11, 2-4), playing a doubleheader on April 6 at 2 p.m. and the series finale the following day at 11 a.m.

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